O'FALLON — On a night full of emotion, the Belleville East Lancers found a way Wednesday at the Panther Dome.
Junior Montira Mosby scored 11 of her 29 points to key a 19-1 scoring run that began late in the first half and carried over into the third quarter as the Lancers rallied for a 62-49 victory over O'Fallon.
Dominating the boards, O'Fallon (0-3) led by as many as 12 points and held a 28-17 lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.
But East, coming off a win Tuesday against Alton, finished the half on a 10-1 run with Mosby tallying seven points.
Getting strong play from senior Sadie Mosby, East continued its run in the early going of the second half and when Sadie Mosby tallied on a layup, East (5-2) had its first lead at 31-29.
Leading by six points with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter, East senior TeQuera Anderson was injured underneath the Lancers' basket and went down screaming in pain.
The game was delayed for more then 25 minutes as players from both teams met in prayer. Anderson was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Lancers coach Andrea Seipp said Anderson suffered a broken bone in her right leg.
"We have several members of this basketball team who are related and so we really are a family. I didn't see how it happened,'' Seipp said. "It was a tough thing for all us to see that happen. But I'm proud of how the girls stayed together and continued to play hard.''
With Mosby and senior Aniecia Brewster, combining for 13 fourth-quarter points, East steadily pulled away in the game's final minutes.
"It was really a tale of two halves,'' Seipp said. "The first half, O'Fallon just killed us on the offensive boards when we were in zone defense. It's tough to rebound when you are in a zone anyway.
"Once we went man-to-man in the second half and stopped giving up two and three offensive rebounds, we were able to settle down and play much better."
Brewster, despite being in foul trouble all night, added 16 points for East.
Blair Butler and Ciara Jones both scored 10 points for O'Fallon.