By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
NEOSHO, Mo. —
Chloe Shepherd of Carthage and Mary Bergman of Dadeville each sank a free throw in the last 1 minute, 14 seconds as the Purple all-stars pulled out a 53-51 victory against the Gold all-stars Saturday night in the Lions All-Star Twin Classic at Neosho High School.
Bergman led the Purple all-stars with 14 points and Jessica McAdams of Miller and Kelsi Wilkins of Stockton each scored 12.
“Our goal the whole time was to push the ball up the court,” said Shepherd, who scored eight points, including a 3-pointer. “They only had six players to our eight, so it worked to our advantage.”
The Gold all-Stars, who trailed 27-22 at halftime, were led by Michaela Mitchell of Southwest, who scored 18 points, and Krishna Merriman of Pierce City, who added 17 points.
“I felt like we should have won,” Mitchell said. “We had less people, so we had to work harder. The competition was even. We just couldn’t pull through.”
The Gold all-stars, coached by Tiffany Dirks of Carl Junction, set up a court-length play with 2.4 seconds left in an attempt to tie the score. The inbounds pass from Emily Ashley of Pierce City went to Merriman at midcourt, who passed to Sydney Koch of Carl Junction for a 15-footer that hit the rim.
“It was a nice play,” said Carthage head coach Jim Moore, who guided the Purple all-stars. “It was a great pass from Merriman and they got a good look. It was close to going in.
“That’s what’s fun about this game,” he said. “Every one of your players is here for a reason and we made one more play than they did.”