Strong second quarter vaults Maize past Maize South
MAIZE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - After trailing 9-8 early, Maize pitched a second quarter shutout and didn’t look back to top rival Maize South 51-38 Tuesday.
A slow first quarter largely defined by fouls saw the Mavericks take their only lead of the game at the 1:15 mark. From there, Maize took off, taking a one points lead to the second and outscoring their rivals 19-0 in the second eight minutes to make it a 20 point game at halftime.
Maize South battled back to get it as close as 7 in the fourth quarter, stringing together an 11-0 run of their own after falling behind 42-24, but it was too late with Maize scoring their final 9 points from the foul line to take the win.
Brekkyn Pierce had 11 to lead a balances Maize scoring attack that saw all 5 starters score at least 8. Kyla Frenchers and Olivia Wedman also hit double figures with 10 apiece. The Mavs were paced by freshman DeKeira Clay with 11 and Avery Lowe’s 9.
The win gives Maize a season sweep of their crosstown rivals, winning at Maize South 51-31 in December. The third ranked Eagles improve to 12-1 on the season with the win to remain in first in their sub-state. They’re set to host Campus later in the week.
Maize South sees a 9-game win streak come to a close with the loss, their first in the calendar year. They sit at 10-5 overall with a trip to Newton set for Friday night.
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