- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Lanark Eastland proved having a short memory is a good thing when it comes to basketball, because it shook off a semifinal loss to beat Moweaqua Central A&M; 55-50 on Saturday to capture third place in the girls’ Class 1A tournament.

Lexis Macomber scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to lead Lanark, while teammate Hannah Hake added 11 points for the Cougars, who were making their first appearance in the state tournament.

“It was kind of frustrating for me at first,” an emotional Hake said about scoring only four points in the first half. “I was kind of a Debbie Downer in the first half, but then I remembered this was our last game together, and I was able to step it up in the second half.”

Lanark coach Colleen Finn-Henze said she was proud her team was able to forget the pounding it took Friday from top-ranked Annawan.

“Obviously, yesterday was a gigantic roadblock for us to get past,” she said.

Lanark, which finished the season 29-6, didn’t put the game away until the final two minutes, when Miranda Grisham calmly sank two free throws to end the scoring. Grisham went seven of eight from the line and finished with seven points.

Guards Ryan Dooley scored 15 points for the Raiders (27-7), while Taylor Jordan added 11.

Moweaqua led 22-19 at the half, forcing Lanark to make some adjustments.

“Basically, we had to adjust our hearts and our hustle,” Finn-Henze said. “They out-hustled us and played with more heart in that first half, and we knew we needed to step it up. We did, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Moweaqua lost to Carrollton 40-38 in Friday’s Class 1A semifinals, which sets up a Carrollton-Annawan 1A championship game in the final game of the afternoon session.

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