BY PCC STAFF
CENTRAL LEE – Mya Merschman put up 32 points and went 8-of-9 at the free throw line, but couldn’t catch up to Class 3A No. 10 West Burlington in a 66-60 loss Tuesday night at Central Lee High School.
The Falcons led the entire game and held a 10-point lead at the half despite Merschman’s 15 first half points. The Falcons matched Merschman inside with Samantha Dzawo who put up 12 in the half.
Dzawo and Mershcman were going toe-to-toe inside with plenty of fouls being called. Dzawo would eventually foul out and Merschman ended up with three.
The Falcons Sydney Marlow was given the green light to drive in the first half and went to the free throw line nine times in the first half alone, but only converted four.
Merschman would continue to pound away at the Falcon’s interior defense putting up 17 more in the second half included 5-of-5 from the free throw line to cut the gap to five with a minute left in the 3rd.
West Burlington would extend the lead back seven in the early going of the fourth. Dzawo would put up 10 more in the second half before fouling out and then Central Lee (9-7) cut the lead to two points with four minutes left in the game.
The Falcons would then put a 13-9 run together the rest of the way to seal the win, despite Central Lee outscoring the visitors 31-27 in the second half.
The Lady Hawks got 12 from Makayla Morrison and 10 from Daly Brisbee. Ella Sanders had three, Mayce Watkins had two and Kaylynn Summers had a point to round out the Central Lee scoring. The Falcons were led with 22 from Dzawo, and 18 from Marlow.