By GERARD WELLBROCK
Missouri Southern used an 18-4 to build a six-point lead with 2:18 to play and defeat the Fort Hays State Lady Tigers 76-71 Saturday at the Leggett & Platt Center in Joplin. The loss snaps the Tigers three-game win streak as they fall to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA while the Lions improve to 9-2 and 3-1 in the conference.
The Lady Tigers built an eight-point lead with 8:39 to play but were hurt their cause with 20 turnovers and 53-percent free throw shootong (22-41). The Lions outrebounded FHSU by four and hit 32-of-43 from the foul line.
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FHSU led by five at halftime thanks to an 8-0 run to close out the half. The Tigers shot a scorching 56-percent over the first 20 minutes while holding the Lions to 1-of-8 shooting over the final five minutes of the half.
Kate Lehman led the Tigers with 17 points and 15 rebounds but hit just one field goal in the final 9:45 of the game and was just 5-for-13 from the free throw line. Kate Edwards added 17 points and nine boards
The Lions were led by Sharese Jones who scored 18.