- Southard surpassed 2,000 career points

Fordland's Abi Southard scored her 2,000th career point last week against Conway.

The Fordland varsity girls’ basketball team made it three straight victories early last week with a 70-59 win Monday, Feb. 3, at home over Conway in league action.

Head coach Kevin McDaris’ Eagles led from start to fi nish in the Summit Conference contest.

With the win, Fordland improved to 7-13 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

“We came out and played pretty well in a conference game,” McDaris said.

“This was one of our best games of the season as we did a lot of things well.”

Fordland led 18-15 after one quarter and 35-30 at the end of the first half.

The Eagle lead was 52-46 after three frames.

“One of the things we did a really good job of doing was rebound the basketball,” McDaris said, noting that Fordland had a 40-27 rebounding edge.

“I’m not sure if we’ve out-rebounded anyone by that margin this season.”

Leading the Eagles’ scoring attack was 5’5” senior guard Abi Southard with a game-high 30 points.

Southard hit 12 of 18 shots from the field.

She also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Junior guard Gracie Trotter added 17 points, connecting on 4 of 6 three-point shots, and 2 assists.

Senior forward Kenzie Branson posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Junior Mahalia Burks had a balanced game with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Freshman Mikah Suter rounded out the Eagles’ offense with 3 points and 5 rebounds.

McDaris noted that Southard scored her 2,000 career point in the Conway victory.

“Abi entered the game 17 points short (of 2,000), so she ended it with 2,013 career points,” he said. “She’s the first Fordland basketball player, boy or girl, to reach the 2,000-point mark in her career.”

Next up is a home matchup with Class 3 Mountain Grove this Thursday.

Action starts at 6 p.m.

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