Smithville girls hoops beat Lafayette, advance to district finals

Smithville senior forward Christina Walsh starts to take a jump shot during a Missouri Class 5 District 16 semifinals game Monday, March 1 at Smithville High School.

SMITHVILLE — Smithville girls basketball beat St. Joe Lafayette 40-26 in the Missouri Class 5 District 15 semifinal game Monday, March 1 at Smithville High School.

The Warriors controlled this game more than the final score would indicate.

Smithville zoomed out to a 9-0 lead before Lafayette could score 2 points from the free-throw line. Smithville junior guard Kenzie Moes immediately responded with a 3-pointer.

Senior forward Christina Walsh got a free layup on the next possession when she caught an airballed floater from freshman guard Kaitlyn Milford. Walsh closed out the first quarter with spinning into a hook shot to put the Warriors up 16-2.

Lafayette outscored Smithville 8-4 in the second quarter but the Warriors took a 10-4 advantage in the third quarter to put things away.

Walsh finished the game with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lafayette only had 19 points when Walsh checked out with a big chunk of the fourth quarter left to go.

Allie Andrews contributed 8 points and three rebounds for the Warriors while Moes finished with 6 points and three rebounds.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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