Choudrant girls fall in playoffs

By T. Scott Boatright

FLORIEN — Choudrant stayed within striking distance in the first half before Florien pulled away in the third quarter as the Lady Aggies were downed 79-42 Monday night in second-round action of the Class B girls basketball playoffs at the FHS Gym.

The Lady Blackcats sank five three points — three from Londyn Sparks — to pull out to a 24-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Choudrant battled back in the second stanza, outscoring Florien 18-15 in that period to shrink the halftime deficit to seven points at 39-32.

But Florien doubled the Lady Aggies third-quarter scoring output, 19-8, and then held Choudrant to only two points in the final eight minutes to advance to the quarterfinals and end Choudrant’s season at 18-14.

It was the usual top three scorers leading the way for Choudrant, with senior Kylee Portilloz totaling 14 points while Mattie Johnson added 11 and Aly Thomas hit for eight.

Gracie Rutherford led Florien with 20 points while Sparks added 16, LaToya Holmes chipped in with 12 and Keundra Richardson scored 11 points, all in the fourth quarter, for the Lady Blackcats.

Third-seeded Florien, now 34-2, moves on to play host to sixth-seeded Holden on Thursday.

Holden defeated 11th-seeded Laccasine 68-48 Monday night to move to 24-9 on the year.

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