The South Iron Lady Panthers saw their season end Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the hands of a tough Bradleyville Lady Eagles team in sectional play at Mountain Grove High School. The game was a one- to three-point contest until the final 45 seconds when Bradleyville pushed their lead to seven.
On Saturday, Bradleyville beat Scott County Central 87-55 in a Class 1 state quarterfinal Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Van Buren to advance to the Final Four, the first time in program history.
“We were hungry and we were ready,” said Bradleyville Coach Autumn Thomas when discussing the South Iron game. “It was all I could do not to cry. It is huge to know we have made history and I am proud of the girls. I give all the credit to them, because they came to play.”
The Lady Eagles topped the South Iron Lady Panthers 47-40 after pulling away in the final frame.
Two points separated the teams at the half, and after South Iron tied the game late in the third, Bradleyville widened the gap ever so slightly to enter the fourth, 33-29.
The Lady Panthers had crept to within one point of Bradleyville with two minutes to play, and Shipley sunk four free throws and a layup to widen the gap.
Bradleyville limiting Jada Brooks, the Lady Panthers’ center to just two points in the first half and five points in the game. Michaela Ayers and Ashley Mickan led the offense with 17 points each. Callie Miller added 1 point.
South Iron’s Ashley Mickan shoots a three-point shot Feb. 27 during sectional action against Bradleyville. The Lady Panthers lot 40-47. Bradleyville beat Scott County Central Saturday to advance to the Final Four.