The Thayer High School girls basketball team is adding a state championship plaque to its trophy case. Saturday, the Lady Bobcats defeated the Mid-Buchanan Dragons 52-35 to claim the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 2 state championship. The state title is the first in program history.
Thayer led throughout the game but used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and win. Senior Angela Sorrell finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Thayer to victory. Julie Stone added 14 points; Shelby Coursey, 12; Madyson Kerley, 5; Avery Pierce, 3; and Jurnee Rolen, 2.
“This is big for our program,” said Thayer Head Coach Cecil Meyer. “This sets the tone for years to come. It’s something we can build on.”
The Lady Bobcats end the season with a 30-3 record.
“We knew we had a chance to have a good season,” said Meyer. “We played a brutal schedule. It didn’t matter what I put in front of the girls they faced it head on. I am proud of these girls.”
Meyer was quick to thank the fans who made the trip to Springfield.
“I felt like our fans were the largest and loudest,” said Meyer. “There was a crazy amount of fan support all season long and we are so very appreciative of it.”
Sorrell and Stone, Thayer’s two seniors, received praise from their coach.
“Those two were leaders all season,” said Meyer. “They carried the team all the way. They will be deeply missed.”
CLASS 1 BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
In the MSHSAA Class 1 boys state championship Saturday at JQH, the Dora High School Falcons fell to Jefferson Conception Junction 75-65.
See Wednesday’s edition of the Quill for more from the Class 1 boys championship.