Nixa made four fewer shots, committed twice as many turnovers and gave up 16 offensive rebounds to Skyline.
But the Lady Eagles still had enough to scratch out a 42-37 victory Saturday in the White Division third-place game of the Pink and White Lady Classic at Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center.
Angie Allen had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Eagles (11-2), who hit 16 of 17 free throws to offset their offensive woes.
Allen was 11-for-11 at the charity stripe as Nixa spent much of the game trying to get the ball inside. All eight of her second-half points came on free throws.
Nixa led 24-13 early in the third quarter before Skyline used a 9-0 run to get within 24-22 late in the period. Nixa’s only basket in the third quarter came on a Jeana Raper 3-pointer with less than a minute left.
Raper and Toshua Leavitt, Nixa’s two high-scoring guards, started the game on the bench as coach Jim Middleton tried to shake up his lineup after a 53-29 loss to Republic in the tournament semifinals. Raper finished with 12 points and three rebounds.
The lineup change nearly backfired as Skyline got 21 points and seven rebounds from Madisen Brethower and nine points and eight boards from Hannah Myers.
But the Lady Tigers shot just 27 percent (14 of 51) from the floor, including 4 of 24 from 3-point range.
Skyline didn’t lead after the first quarter, and Nixa was able to get its advantage to five points midway through the fourth quarter and hang on. The Lady Eagles scored eight of their last 10 points from the free-throw line.
Miller Career 68,
Ash Grove 50
Despite a strong start against Miller Career Academy of St. Louis in the third-place game of the Pink Division, Ash Grove couldn’t sustain the effort the rest of the way and lost at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
The Lady Pirates opened the game on a 14-7 run, but Miller Career Academy closed out the first quarter and opened the second period with a big run.
The Lady Phoenix outscored Ash Grove 12-0 over a 3:53 span of the first half and took a 19-14 lead with 5:05 left in the second quarter.
Ash Grove was still within striking distance with three minutes left in the first half, but Miller Career Academy stretched a five-point lead (24-19) to 12 (33-21) by the end of the half.
The Lady Phoenix made 14 of 23 shots from the field in the first half and made 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc.
Ash Grove made 7 of 14 shots from the field over the first two quarters, but turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and 19 times for the game.