In a back-and-forth contest, Truman had a pair of scoring bursts in the third and fourth quarter Friday night against Platte County.
Truman had a one-point lead at halftime and slowly started to pull away in the third quarter.
The Pirates came back, but the a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth provided to be the final nudge the Patriots needed to pull away for a 52-45 victory in the championship game of the Gold Division in the Winnetonka Invitational.
The victory gives Truman a repeat of sorts after winning the Cardinal Division bracket last year.
“We didn't play great, but we played hard,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “It was a back-and-forth contest and we held the lead most of the game once we got the lead. We played with more energy and played a little more poised. We are still far from where we could or should be, but I'm proud of the effort. We played much smarter and that is the difference than how we played last night.”
Truman (3-1) held a 29-28 lead at the break and boosted the lead on a layup by Deon Monroe, who finished with a team-high 16 points.
The Patriots built a seven-point lead over the Pirates, going up 38-31 on a layup by Rosie Braley with 1:16 left in the third. Platte County (3-1) pulled within 40-36, at the end of the quarter on a bucket Hannah Valentine, who had a game-high 18.
Platte County cut the deficit down to 42-39 on a 3-pointer by Jaycie Stubbs early in the fourth. The game's outcome then turned on back-to-back treys by Brodi Byrd and Erin Davis with 3 minutes to go.
Those were the only points either player scored, but gave Truman a 48-39 lead and then the Patriots started to run a four-corner offense with 2 1/3 minutes to play.
Truman was a meager 4 of 23 from the 3-point line, but the two conversions provided a seven-point lead that Platte County wouldn't challenge.
The Pirates made it 50-45 on a 3-pointer from Valentine with 51 seconds left, but it turned down into a free-throw shooting contest from three.
“We played good defense, but not good enough,” said Monroe, who had a team-high nine rebounds. “We got on offense and scored and they would come back and score. They were a great team and they had a great shooter and she was hitting them. They were tough.”
Truman shot 35 percent from the field – a tick up from shooting 23 percent in a win Thursday against Center. The Patriots hit 47 percent on two-pointers, but the struggles from beyond the arc hurt the Patriots.
Platte County initially dominated the opening minutes of the contest, rolling out to a 13-4 lead behind two treys from Stubbs and two layups by Valentine. Truman then went on an 8-0 run by Monroe and Jewel Hart, to pull within 13-12 with 2:16 left in the first. A free throw by Braley tied the game at 13 after the first quarter.
Truman took the lead for the first time on a three-point play by Kaylie Simonds with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half. By the time Simonds scored again with 4 minutes to play, Truman led 24-17.
Platte County – Valentine in particular – closed on a 5-0 run to make it 29-28 at the break.