Before Mexico senior Adria Costley graduates and heads off to begins her college basketball career, it loos like the mark she'll leave on the varsity girls basketball team will be one that won't be matched for quite some time.
That's because after performances like the one she had against Marshall on Friday in North Central Misouri Conference competition her legacy is going to be one that will be hard to forget. This included 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal, all of which helped the Lady Bulldogs win on the road in league play 55-50.
"?We jumped out to a strong start early, taking a 13-4 lead and really controlled the game from the offensive side of the ball from beginning to end," said coach Ed Costley. "Marshall extends defensively in zone, taking away wings and top shots. I thought we did a good job of finding the gaps inside and in the high post area and getting outside looks from getting ball touches to paint."
The most important quarter for Mexico was the first quarter because it was able to take a 16-9 lead. After that things got a little rough as Marshall bridged the gap in the second 32-23 and the third 43-41, only to see the Lady Bulldogs rise up and lock down this decision by claiming the fourth 12-9.
"Logan Blevins had some good finishes down low for us. I was Really proud of how are guards continue to work on the boards," Ed Costlety said. "Aaryn Sampo and Reghan Smith both had seven rebounds apiece, leading us in the category. We came out flat in third and they made a run tying game up from a 10 point deficit. Taylor Sherrow hit a big three in third that got the momentum back for us and a Raigan Playter layup gave us a 5-0 run to respond."
Going 6-for-12 to help compliment Adria Costley was Blevins with 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks, Reghan Smith added seven points, seven boards and four assists and Raigan Player gave a six point four rebound performance. Taylor Sherrow also scored six with a rebound and a steal and Mackenzie Davis added one rebound.
As a team Mexico went 18-for-45 from ther floor, including 5-for-13 from behind the three point line, and 14-for-26 from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs also racked up 32 rebounds, 14 assists, five blocks and five steals.
Marchall, on ther other hand, was 17-for-53 on two-point field goals and 2-for-12 on three-pointers with 36 rebounds, eight blocks and six steals.
Mexico, 9-9 overall, 5-3 NCMC, is at Highland on Feb. 9 for a league game.