The Fordland varsity girls' basketball team won its fourth game of the 2019-20 campaign last Friday with a 53-48 victory over visiting Niangua.

Coach Kevin McDaris' Eagles led the game from start to finish, holding leads of 15-10 after one quarter and 30-20 at halftime.

Fordland was ahead 44-33 entering the contest's final frame.

"We got up by 18 points in the first half, then let them cut it to 10," McDaris explained. "In the fourth quarter, our lead grew to 13 (points) before we let them cut it as low as four points.

"But we hit our free throws late and emerged with a win that we needed."

The victory improved the Eagles' record to 4-10.

Leading the Fordland offense was senior guard Abi Southard with a game-high 27 points. She hit 8 of 13 shots from the field, while also contributing 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Junior Mahalia Burks added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. She connected on 5 of 9 shots from the field.

Senior Kenzie Branson had 4 points and 4 rebounds, while Kayleena Lucas scored 3. Freshman Mikah Suter rounded out the scoring with 1. Gracie Trotter had 2 assists and 2 steals.

"I thought we played pretty well," McDaris concluded.

"Our only weakness was not closing (the game) strong and letting them back in it in the fourth quarter."

Next action for the Eagles arrives Thursday when Norwood visits.

Game time is 6 p.m.

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