Lady Jays struggle in 35-21 loss

The Jefferson City Lady Jays fell to Benton 35-21 in the title game of the State Farm Invitational. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- If you can't score, it's hard to win.

The Lady Jays couldn't ... and they didn't.

Playing in the championship game of the State Farm Invitational, Jefferson City went without a field goal in the fourth quarter --- they didn't score a point until Caitlin Anderson hit two free throws with 13 seconds left --- as the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals secured a 35-21 win Saturday night at Fleming Fieldhouse.

"They made some shots and we didn't, that's what it came down to," Lady Jays coach Brad Conway said. "Their defense has always been solid, but we had chances --- we just couldn't put the ball in the hole tonight. When we got offensive rebounds, we were just throwing the ball over the rim."

To be sure, Benton plays good defense. But even when Jefferson City had open looks, nothing doing. Take the fourth quarter, when the Lady Jays were an imperfect 10 from the field --- 0-for-10.

And you thought it was cold outside.

In the 23-year history of the girls tournament, the 21 points ties the mark for the third-lowest output. Ever. The combined 56 points is second-lowest.

For championship games, those are all-time records ... records you'd rather not have.

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