(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Here is a look at each team, as seeded.
1. Kelly (20-5) The Lady Hawks have been seeded first, entering the district with a record of 20-5. Dana Essner and Kelly Essner are the team's leading scorers, each averaging 12 points per game. The duo also leads the Lady Hawks in the rebounding department with six each.
Cara Scherer provides nine points per game, followed by Christy Kluesner at eight. Dana Essner and Monica Senciboy are the team's top defenders. "We're just excited that the girls are playing hard and playing together as a team," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "This is a very tough district with some very tough teams. Hopefully we can come out and play well."
Kelly has a first-round bye and will face the winner of a Scott City-St. Vincent game on Monday at 6 p.m.
2. Clearwater (15-6)
The Lady Tigers are the No. 2 seed with a record of 15-6. Clearwater is led by 6-foot junior Melissa Carroll, who averages 19 points and seven rebounds per game.
Erica Ross, also 6-foot, provides 16 points and nine rebounds a game. The team's top defender is Sarah Hewitt. "It looks like any of the top five teams could win it," said Clearwater head coach Jim Seal, who led Clearwater's boys team to the quarterfinals last season. "At times, our outside shooting has been pretty good. That's what makes us a tough team to beat."
Clearwater will face East Prairie in the first round on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
3. Charleston (8-9)
Charleston is a contender as the No. 3 seed. The Lady Bluejays have been up and down this year, checking into the district with a record of 8-9, but have the talent to go the distance.
Missy Whitney is the Lady Bluejays' top player. She averages 24 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Shytoria Davis is also an impact player on both ends of the floor, scoring 11 points and blocking seven shots per game on average. Point guard Dre-Elle Mathis contributes eight assists per night. "We've got some talent, some of the girls can really play," said first-year Charleston coach Brent Anderson. "We've yet to play our best game. Hopefully that is ahead of us here."
Charleston will face Woodland in the first round on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. "There are some quality teams in our district," said Anderson. "It's going to be pretty wide open. I think we have a shot. We've just got to put four good quarters together for once."
4. Scott City (10-12)
The Scott City Lady Rams have been seeded fourth, bringing a record of 10-12 into the district.
Jenny Pinkston is the team's leading scorer, averaging nine points per game. She is also Scott City's top defender. Audrey Heisserer and Kristen Schaeffer are the team's top rebounders. "I like the way we're playing right now," said Scott City head coach Michael Johnson. "We've won three of our last four and have been playing good on the offensive end. On defense, we've been able to change it up and create some problems. We match up pretty well with most teams, other than Charleston."
Scott City will face St. Vincent in the first round on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
5. St. Vincent (8-16) The Lady Indians of St. Vincent are the No. 5 seed with a record of 8-16.
Chelsey Brown and Danielle Schremp are the team's leading scores, both averaging nine points per game. Brown and Allison Prost are St. Vincent's top defenders, and Dani Emmendorfer is the leading rebounder. "It's a pretty tough district," said St. Vincent head coach Terry Wengert. "We've got our work cut out for us."
St. Vincent will face Scott City in the first round on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
6. Woodland (7-13)
Woodland is the No. 6 seed, checking into the district with a record of 7-13. The Lady Cardinals are led by junior Kandice Abner, who averages 11 points per game. Sophomore Elisha Glastetter provides 10 points per game on average. Senior Stacy Greer is the team's top rebounder with eight per game, and freshman Sasha Hutson is Woodland's top defender with five steals per game. "We've been on a snow-out streak," said Woodland head coach Curtis Finley. "We've really had fits getting games in this year, because unfortunately, our games are canceled with school is canceled."
Woodland will face Charleston in the first round on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. "We've really got to control the tempo of that game," said Finley. "We've only got eight players in our program now, so we're not very deep. We've got to stay out of foul trouble."
7. East Prairie
The Lady Eagles are very young an inexperienced. Top players on the team are center Latricia Dobbs, forward Lacy Tatum, guard Leslie Brown, guard Michelle Redman and forward Aisa Tipler.
East Prairie will face Clearwater in the first round on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.