McClave Girls Win 1A State Championship

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Jerrica Mallard scored 21 points, including the go-ahead layup with 68 seconds to play, as top-seeded McClave beat Kim 39-38 Saturday night to win the girls 1A state championship.

It was the fourth title in the past six years for McClave (26-1), which narrowly escaped in both the semifinal and final rounds.

Haley Sheldon scored 12 points and Shelby Goodrich added eight for third-seeded Kim (24-2). Three others Mustangs finished with six.

Despite the relatively low score, it was a back-and-fourth second half as the lead changed hands 13 times in the third and fourth quarters.

Anna Kuhns hit her second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter to give McClave a 37-36 lead with 1:40 remaining, but Danielle Lewis scored on a layup 20 seconds later to put Kim back on top.

Mallard then got in the paint for another easy basket with 1:08 to go, setting up a frantic finish.

The teams traded turnovers before Sheldon missed a shot from the low block with less than 10 seconds remaining. Because Kim had committed only three team fouls to that point, it was unable to send McClave to the free-throw line in an attempt to get the ball back.

Mallard fittingly caught an inbounds pass with 2.7 seconds left and dribbled out the clock. She also scored her team's final four points in the last 21 seconds of McClave's three-point semifinal victory over Stratton on Friday.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well the first half, and it showed on the scoreboard. Kim made only two field goals in the second quarter, but took an 18-15 lead into the half by holding McClave without a basket for the first 5:16 of the quarter.

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