ANDOVER – Every time the Trojans would make a push to take over the game, the Maize South Lady Mavericks had an answer.
Mallory Woolston’s 23 points wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell 59-47 on Friday night.
The loss drops Andover to 5-11 on the year and 2-7 within the AVCTL-II.
The Lady Mavs keep pace with Andover Central atop the standings.
“These girls keep competing and we saw that tonight,” Andover head coach Seth Anderson said.
Kylie Forney got to the line, giving Andover the 10-9 lead late in the first quarter and it appeared the Trojans would be able to keep pace.
That’s when Maize South went on a run.
A three from Kaydyn Davison gave the Lady Mavericks a 12-10 lead. Then, Katie Wagner completed a block and reverse layup at the other end to extend the lead. It was capped by another three from Davison, giving the Mavericks a 19-10 lead with 5:59 to go in the half.
“That second quarter wasn’t what we wanted but I thought we competed,” Anderson said.
After Forney missed two free throws, senior Emma Cunningham’s layup finally ended the scoring drought.
Woolston’s layup brought the Trojans within seven with just under four to go in the second.
Maize South led 21-14 at the break.
Woolston would open the half with a three and then would find the bottom of the net with another as the Trojans would go on an extended run that began in the first half but found legs in the second half. Kate Ralston added one of her own.
“She [Woolston] has the ability to put the game in her hands and the confidence to do it,” Anderson said.
Andover took the lead for a split second when Woolston nailed a three from the left side, giving the Trojans a 22-21 lead with 5:13 to go in the half and extending the run to 12-2.
Davison hit a three on the ensuing possession to give the lead right back to Maize South.
After another Woolston three, Maize South’s Wagner hit a jumper to give her 1,000 points for her career. Davison would hit her third three of the half with back-to-back bombs, pushing the lead back out to 34-25 with 1:20 remaining in the third.
Wagner’s layup gave the Lady Mavs an 8-0 run and their first double digit lead of the game.
“That’s a really good team there that wins a lot of close games,” Anderson said. “They have a player who just can take over games in Wagner.”
Woolston hit another three and Cunningham pitched in one of her own the traditional way and the old fashion way, cutting the lead down to 43-38 with five minutes remaining in the fourth.
However, every time the Trojans would come down and hit a big shot, here come the Lady Mavericks. They always found the bounce or the shot they were looking for.
After Cunningham found a rebound, it was Wagner’s miss that fell into the hands of Davison. She gave it back to a cutting Wagner, who would go to the line to hit two free throws. Maize South led 50-42 with 3:08 to go.
After Woolston hit her seventh three of the night, the Lady Mavs put the game out of reach, hitting three free throws and scoring on a breakaway.
Cunningham finished with 14 for Andover.
Davison finished with 23 points to lead Maize South and Wagner finished with 18 points.
The Trojans will get their second shot at Valley Center, a game in which they won 38-36 in overtime on Jan. 31.
“We’re glad three of our four games are at home to end the season,” Anderson said. “Now we have to go out there and give it our all.”