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Trojans move into tourney finals with win over Lady Crusaders

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

McKala Lawler scored 20 points leading Troy Buchanan High to a 42-39 win over St. Dominic in the semifinals of the Troy Pepsi Cola Girls Invitational Tournaments. A majority of her points came in the second half. The game was still in doubt late in the game but Troy’s Haley Meyer hit some key throws in the final seconds.

In girls’ basketball, Troy Buchanan opened the season with a home win over Battle High School

McKala Lawler (23) scored 20 points leading Troy to a win over St. Dominic.

McKala Lawler (23) scored 20 points leading Troy to a win over St. Dominic.

“We played as good as expected for our first game of the season,” said Coach Bryce Gregory. “Battle was a long and athletic team that did create some match up problems.”

Leading the way for us was McKala Lawler with 11 points.

“She found her long distance stroke early that kind of got us going,” said Gregory. Finishing with nine points was sophomore Emily Montgomery.

“I was pleased with our bench effort when our two post presences (Montgomery and Haley Meyer) got into foul trouble,” said Gregory. “Miranda Chaney and Alexis Ray did a nice job coming in and guarding taller players they are not really used to. They also did a nice job on the boards as well. Defensively we did some nice things. We put some pressure on the perimeter making it hard for them to get easy looks. We really need to take care of the ball better if we want to win the competitive games. This is something that we continue to work on and will get better at.”

On Tuesday, they opened up in the first round of the Troy Pepsi Cola Invitational with 41-22 win over Fort Zumwalt East. Brenley Deters, Alyssa Rivera and Nicole Schulte led Troy with seven points each. Haley Meyer was next with six points.

“We had great balance tonight in the scoring category,” said Gregory. “Alyssa and Brenley are both players that come off the bench and provided a nice spark. Keys to the win was our man to man defense. I think FZE had 26 turnovers which was created with a lot of ball pressure and denial on the wings. We are struggling to shoot consistently from the field right now. When that gets going I feel we will become more relaxed and put more points on the board.”

Troy led 9-2 after one period and stretched it to 20-9 at the half.

Other first round winners in the tournament included: St. Dominic over Fort Zumwalt South 41-26; Eureka over Wentzville Timberland 64-33 and St. Charles over Wentzville Holt 66-57.