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MICDS girls roll past Lafayette to claim sixth straight Holiday Invitational championship

By: Jonathan Duncan

MICDS senior guard Jordyn Brooks looks for an opening against Lafayette sophomore guard Kayla Carpenter. [Jonathan Duncan/West Newsmagazine photo]

The Mary Institute/Country Day School girls basketball team started off slow against Lafayette in the opening quarter on Friday.

The top-seeded host Rams, playing in the championship game of the MICDS Holiday Tournament, shook off the first quarter doldrums and exploded for 14 second quarter points.

MICDS parlayed that second quarter into a 15-point third quarter lead, and pulled away from the third-seeded Lancers for a 49-30 victory to capture the program’s sixth consecutive tournament championship.

Lafayette enjoyed its only lead of the game on senior guard Maddie Devereau’s three-pointer, which put the Lancers up 3-2 just over a minute into the action.

MICDS (8-1) responded with a 6-1 run started by a Jordyn Brooks layup and capped off by a Landys Hughes free-throw for an 8-3 lead, Maddie Chester drilled a three-ball to pull Lafayette ( 7-3) within 8-6 as the first quarter ended.

Senior guard Kayla Work heated up for the Rams in the second quarter as she drilled a pair of long three-balls. Brooks added six second quarter points and the Rams rolled to a 22-12 halftime lead.

Work drilled a three from the left side to open the third quarter and a Brooks bucket pushed the lead to 27-12 with 6:58 left in the third quarter. Brooks and her sister, sophomore forward Jessica Brooks fueled the Rams offense with 15 points and 10 points. Work tallied nine points on three 3-balls.

The Rams kept on rolling, building their lead to as much as 26 in the fourth quarter.

MICDS went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Westminster (51-49) in the first round and Fort Zumwalt West (60-47) in the semifinals on Thursday.

Lafayette knocked off St. Charles (53-47), and Pattonville (64-34) to advance to the title game.




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