Area girls basketball
Mount Ayr 31,
East Union 20
AFTON — Mount Ayr played strong defense in a 31-20 win over East Union here on Monday.
Taylor Still finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks to lead the Raiderettes in each category. Brook Rychnovsky added six points off of two 3-pointers to go with three rebounds and two steals.
Ashton Johnston pitched in five points, while Caitlin Giles contributed four points and four rebounds. Paige Daughton, Emily Fox and Leah Klejch each scored two points for Mount Ayr.
Daughton and Giles each grabbed four rebounds, while Giles added three steals and three assists.
“We are playing awesome defense, but we need to finish games off on the offensive end of the floor,” Mount Ayr head coach Thad Streit said.
Mount Ayr improved to 7-7 with the win.
Kelsey Hoff led East Union with six points, while Emily Eckels and Dusti Carlisle each netted four points. Sydney Weis and Brittany Malone each added two points for the Eagles.
Hoff grabbed 10 rebounds, while Rochelle Means finished with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Paton-Churdan 48, Orient-Macks. 21
ORIENT — Paton-Churdan pulled away from Orient-Macksburg in the second quarter for a 48-21 win over the Bulldogs.
Gabby Jenkins led the way for Orient-Macksburg with a double-double, scoring 11 points with 17 rebounds to go with four blocks. Shannon Eads added five points and four rebounds.
Lisa Moss scored four points with three rebounds, while Shyla Waldhauser added one point.
“Paton-Churdan is an aggressive team,” head coach Kelli Goodale said. “They worked hard all night and outhustled us.”
Murray 62, Seymour 21
BUSSEY — Murray rolled to a 62-21 win over Seymour here Monday in the first round of the Bluegrass Conference Tournament.
The Mustangs, now 12-2, held a 30-8 lead at halftime.
Courtney Siefkas shot 9-of-11 from the field for Murray, scoring 18 points to go with two rebounds and two steals. Kate Patton just missed a double-double, scoring 14 points with nine steals and five assists.
Megan Oswald added eight points and eight rebounds, while Madison Gonseth scored six points with eight rebounds. Caitlyn Weir scored six points.
“We jumped out to a nice lead and got a lot of time for everyone,” head coach Jerry Shields said. “Courtney Siefkas did a good job offensively for us tonight. We rebounded very well also, as we had 21 offensive boards.”
Murray advances to take on Twin Cedars at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in Murray in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Bedford 61, Corning 54
BEDFORD — Corning’s fourth-quarter rally fell short as the Red Raiders lost to top-ranked Bedford 61-54 here on Tuesday.
Corning was slowed in the second and third quarters, but scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to cut Bedford’s lead to seven.
Marie Palmer notched a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Ella Akin scored 14 points with seven rebounds and seven assists. Sydney Maynes added eight points and six assists. Paige Jessen scored six points with five rebounds.
“The kids never gave up as Corning exploded for 22 fourth-quarter points to pull within seven,” co-head coach Julie Krauth said. “We were much more patient and did not let their fullcourt press rattle us. We fought hard until the end and gained confidence as the game went on. Very proud of how we played tonight.”
Corning hosts Martensdale-St. Marys at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.