After roaring through the Class 1 sectionals, the Drexel girls’ basketball team had a tough 64-45 loss to Walnut Grove in the quarterfinals March 2 at Clinton.
The Bobcats end their season with a 21-9 record and their first district championship in four years.
In the sectional game Feb. 28 at Harrisonville, Drexel had a running clock in the fourth quarter against Bunceton, winning the game 56-22.
“I just bawled my eyes out there,” Drexel freshman Jacy Bolton said after the win. “We had a running clock.”
The Bobcats started things off with an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 23-9 advantage at halftime.
Drexel kept up the offense in the third quarter, starting with a basket from junior Adison Barnhart. After a Bunceton score, the Bobcats followed with a bucket from sophomore Jenna Bartholomew. The Dragons came back with a free throw to make the score 27-12.
“We shut down No. 15 (Rachel Emde),” Bolton said. “That was all what our practices and everything have been over. Shutting her down and knowing where she is at all the time.”
Drexel went on a 9-0 run next, with a basket and three-pointer from Bolton, bucket from Barnhart and two free throws from sophomore Lauryn Campbell to lead 36-12. Bunceton followed with a three-pointer, but the Bobcats ended the quarter with a basket from Campbell and Bolton to lead 40-15.
“We definitely worked as a team,” Barnhart said. “And we finished lay-ups, which helped. I started off the game really nervous, but then it’s just another game.”
In the fourth quarter, Drexel kept the Dragons to six points as the Bobcats put in 16 points to seal the victory.
The Bobcats were led in scoring by Bolton with 23 points and Campbell with 11 points. Barnhart had nine points and Bartholomew added three points. Alexis Raffety, Allison Jacobs, Jacklynn Williams, Sydney Seba and Sarah Cawby put in two points each.
Bolton also had 14 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals.