Friday's (March 6, 2020) 58-37 loss to Platte Valley ended Lady Pirates' sixth appearance in state tourney in past eight years still short of semifinals, finals

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Norborne High School Lady Pirates, champions of the Carroll-Livingston Activity Association, came up one win shy of advancing to the Class 1 basketball state tournament.

At Civic Arena in St. Joseph last Friday night, the Lady Pirates had their dominating 2019-20 season braked hard by the Platte Valley (co-op team of players from Conception Junction: Jefferson and South Nodaway) girls, 58-37.

Platte Valley (27-3) advanced to this week’s state semifinals and finals at Springfield with the big win. Norborne had its season conclude with a 27-2 record.

Seeking to make the program’s first-ever appearance in the semifinals and finals, despite being in state play six of the past eight years and eight times this century, the Lady Pirates never got untracked in Friday’s clash as its top-flight foe focused on keeping All-State forward Kennadie Crowe in check.

They fell behind 16-8 after one quarter and sank into a 34-18 pit at halftime. Their third quarter was marginally better, but still the NHS deficit grew to 47-26 before the clubs played to a draw in the last segment.

Statistically, twin sisters Kayla and Olivia Dooley tried to take up the slack of what Platte Valley was denying K. Crowe, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

K. Dooley hit a half-dozen deuces and a trey, but those seven buckets were all but four of NHS’ total. With 15 points, she was the lone Lady Pirate to dent double digits. Her sister and K. Crowe netted eight markers apiece, K. Crowe being limited to a single second-quarter field goal and six free throws in six tries.

With four triples and 7-of-7 foul shooting, Platte Valley senior standout Kaylin LaMaster rang up a game-best 23 points.