Even though the Macksville Lady Mustangs lead all the way in the first half, that just wasn't enough, as the La Crosse Lady Leopards came back, built up a 25-32 third quarter lead and held off a late Macksville rally to give the Lady Stangs a heart-breaking 45-47 loss in St. John's Sub-State Wednesday night.

Even though the Macksville Lady Mustangs led all the way in the first half, that just wasn't enough, as the La Crosse Lady Leopards came back, built up a 25-32 third quarter lead and held off a late Macksville rally to give the Lady Stangs a heart-breaking 45-47 loss in St. John's Sub-State Wednesday night.

The game started out slow, with the Lady Mustangs taking an 8-6 first quarter lead and building it up to five points (15-10) midway through the second quarter. But that didn't last for long as the Leopards staged a short rally in the final minutes of the half, the Lady Stangs taking a 17-16 lead going into the locker room.

A combination of Macksville turnovers and La Crosse 3-pointers in the third quarter gave La Crosse the advantage going into the final quarter, leading the Stangs 25-32.

Macksville out-scored the Leopards 20-15 in the fourth quarter - but still short by two points 45-47. With 3.2 seconds left on the clock, Macksville's head coach Nathanael Norman called a full time-out. The Stangs worked the ball inside going for the lay-up in heavy traffic when the buzzer sounded, the ball missing the mark, giving the Leopards a first round win and advancing them on to play the St. John Lady Tigers on Thursday night.

Scoring for Macksville: Mindy Wood 17, Selena Galan 14, Tara Bunker 6, Karissa Langlois 4, Kristina Murphy 2, Kiley Freeman 2.

Free throws: 8-12 for 67 percent - Galan 3, Wood 3, Bunker 2.

Three point goals: 1 (Galan).


In other action, the La Crosse Leopard men defeated the Kinsley Coyotes 59-27 - the win moving the Coyotes into the second round on Friday, playing the St. John Tigers.