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Riding the hot hand of Gena Moore, Winchester raced to an 18-2 lead at the first stop, then cruised to a 67-29 trounc-ing of the defending county champion Monroe Central Lady Bears Saturday af-ternoon at Monroe Central in the 2021 Randolph County girls’ championship. Moore, the lefty gunslinger, poured in 14 of Winchester’s 18 first quarter points, including sniping four three-pointers, en route to a game-high 16 points. Moore scored 11 of Winchester’s first 13 points, off passes from four of her fellow teammates, Caitlyn Camp-bell, Nevaeh Lanter, Morgan Lawrence, and Taylor Baker, before the Bears put points on the board. That score came at the 2:58 mark on a Maggie Haney offen-sive putback. After Haney’s hoop, Brooklynn Hum-mel scored off an inbounds feed by Lily Lanter, before Moore finished the peri-od’s scoring with her fourth three. A Lawrence free throw, a Nevaeh Lanter steal and resulting lay up, and a Campbell deuce propelled the Lady Falcons to a 23-4 lead. Monroe Cen-tral’s second score occurred when Macy Shinn hauled in a rebound and weaved her way through the Winchester de-fense, going coast-to-coast for the score. Falcon retaliation came in the way of successive hoops from Mabrey McIntire, Hummel, Moore, and Campbell. Win-chester led 31-4. Shinn then found Leah Osborne for a three-point basket, mak-ing it 31-7. Sami Farmer followed with a three-point play, the first time the Bears scored successively in the ballgame. At 31-10, the Falcons scored six straight points to end the half. Hummel scored off a Lawrence assist, McIntire had a steal and lay in, before Lawrence closed the half with two freebies. Monroe Central had its best scoring quarter of the game with 12 points in the third frame. Shinn produced five points, Haney four tallies, and Farmer three free throws. Meanwhile, Winchester erupted for 17 points, nine by Campbell, six by Ne-vaeh Lanter, plus a basket by Taylor Hicks. The Falcons led 54-22 at the third stop. In the final session, Winchester out-scored Monroe central 13-7. Mabrey McIntire led the way with four points, while Lily Lanter nailed a triple. Ne-vaeh Lanter and Lawrence had fielders, while Baker drained a set of foul shots. The Bears received scoring from Shinn with two buckets, and Farmer, Alex Mc-Grath, and Gracie Baker all collected one free throw. The loss dropped Coach Brock Mor-rison’s Bears to 1-8 on the season. Shinn led the scoring with 11 points, while Farmer and Haney produced seven and six points respectively. Shinn also grabbed eight rebounds. Three of Coach Holly Gutierrez’s Falcons reached double figures. Moore canned 16 points, with Campbell pro-curing 15 tallies, and Nevaeh Lanter finishing with 10 markers. Campbell finished with a double-double by reeling in 12 boards. She also blocked six shots. Following the championship contest, Winchester’s Lily Lanter was the recipi-ent of the Gary Horner Sportsmanship and Mental Attitude Award. The award named after the long-time Winchester Coach is given to a senior from one of the county’s five competing schools. Speaking of Lanter, one Winchester coach said, “Lily is our Pete Rose. She may not be the most physically gifted player, but we know she will work her butt off, giving us 100 percent effort all the time.” Winchester improved to 8-2. They will play Lincoln Tuesday at the Fieldhouse.

Game summary

Monroe Central 2 10 22 29

Winchester. 18 37 54 67

BEARS--Shinn 5 1-3 11, Conatser 0 0-0 0, Farmer 1 5-7 7, McGrath 0 1-2 1, Osborne 1 0-0 3, Hanson 0 0-0 0, A. Keeley 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 1-2 1, Newsome 0 0-0 0, Haney 3 0-0 6. Totals 10 8-14 29. FALCONS--Moore 6 0-0 16, Mote 0 0-0 0, Law-rence 1 3-4 5, Campbell 6 3-4 15, L. Lanter 1 0-0 3, Reagan 0 0-0 0, McIntire 3 1-2 8, Baker 0 2-2 2, N. Lanter 5 0-0 10, Hummel 3 0-0 6, Hicks 1 0-0 2, Craw 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 9-12 67.

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