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February 15, 2008

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The Marshfield Lady Jays completed their dream season with a 71-42 Central Ozark Conference basketball victory at Willard High School on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Marshfield finished the regular season with a record of 25-0 and won the COC title at 9-0.

“I never dreamed we’d finish this way,” Coach Gary Murphy said. “I thought we had a good team, and I thought we would be competitive. But to go through a schedule like ours without a loss was beyond any expectations.”

Senior post players Lacey Boshe and Sara Jane Plemmons led the way for Marshfield at Willard. They combined for 40 points and 20 rebounds, hitting 16-of-26 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws as a duo.

Lacey Boshe scored 9 points in the opening period, with 5 rebounds, helping Marshfield to an early 10-point lead.

Willard, which will enter district play with a record of 13-11, cut the Marshfield lead to 19-14 after the first period, thanks to an 8-point outburst by Janine Bird.

The Lady Jays went inside to their dynamic post players in the second quarter. Sara Jane Plemmons scored 9 points and Lacey Boshe 7 points in the stanza. Marshfield led 41-23 at intermission.

Murphy used 11 players in the second half, and the Lady Jays pulled away by making 13-of-22 field goals as a team after intermission.

“This is such a selfless group,” Murphy said. “They haven’t let the headlines get to them. They just keep working their tails off in practice, and it seems they really pull for one another.”

Lacey Boshe finished with 22 points in the game, making 9-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 free throw for the Lady Jays. Lacey Boshe also pulled down 9 rebounds with 2 steals, an assist and a blocked shot.

Sara Jane Plemmons was the leading rebounder in the game with 11 boards. She scored 18 points, making 7-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws for Marshfield. Sara Jane Plemmons also had 2 steals, 2 assists and a block.

Junior Morgan Smith added 12 points, making 5-of-7 field goals, including 2-of-2 treys, with 2 rebounds, a steal and an assist for the Lady Jays.

Senior point guard Jaysa Hartman directed the winning attack, scoring 9 points by hitting all 3 treys she tried in the game, with 5 assists and a steal.

Freshman Amanda Gourley hit a pair of treys for Marshfield, scoring 6 points with 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the game. Amanda Gourley also drew three charging fouls with outstanding defensive position.

Freshman Alley Bruton added 2 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal to the winning effort.

Junior Anna Glenn finished with 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the game for the Lady Jays.

Sophomore Ashley Boshe also scored 2 points for the winners, and was assessed a foul before actually checking into the game for the first time due to an unusual case of mistaken identity.

Seniors Kassie Hyde and Haley Diehl each pulled down a rebound for Marshfield, as did junior Hannah Keeth.

Janine Bird scored 13 points to lead Willard with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist in the game.

Sammie Gathercole added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals to the Lady Tigers attack.

Ann Bird scored 6 points with a rebound for Willard.

Lady Tiger Myriah Blair finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block despite being limited in playing time because of foul troubles.

Kiley King scored 4 points while Amanda Allen and Kenna Greer each scored 3 points in the game for Willard.

“We’re going to celebrate this win for about 24 hours,” Murphy said. “Then we’ll start practicing and get ready for district.”

Marshfield, the top ranked Class 4 team in Missouri, will start post-season play at Bolivar on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. The Lady Jays will play either Buffalo or Eldon, competitors in the opening game of the District 9 Tournament on Monday, Feb. 18. The other Tuesday, Feb. 19 semifinal at Bolivar will feature the host Lady Liberators, the second ranked Class 4 team in Missouri against Willard.

The girls district final will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bolivar High School, a game which many observers, and the state rankings, might consider an early state championship battle.

The Class 9 District winner will move onto the Sectional game in Sedalia on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

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