(photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
Top-seeded Delta and second-seeded Kelly both rolled to victory, while Sikeston struggled with Scott County Central, squeaking out a 41-38 victory.
"It took that kind of ballgame to wake my girls up," said Sikeston coach Lee Brooks after the win. "They were not ready to play. I know we've got the talent. It took this kind of game to let the team know that we're going to have to work for everything we get."
Sikeston entered the game as the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Scott Central was No. 5.
With a minute left in regulation, SCC's Christina Valenzuela scored on a putback to shave Sikeston's lead to 39-38. Brittany Godwin then came up with a steal, but lost the ball out of bounds.
Sikeston took possession and bled the clock to 13 seconds. The Bravettes were forced to foul, sending Sikeston's Joy Daniel to the free throw line.
Daniel hit both crucial shots to put the Lady Bulldogs up 41-38.
"We have really worked on our free throws, and she has confidence in them," said Brooks. "We know she's going to get fouled, and she knows it. She just goes up there and knocks them down. We didn't go to her enough tonight."
Godwin was then called for traveling, giving the ball back to Sikeston with 8.1 seconds remaining. The Lady Bulldogs were able to run the clock out and hold on for the win. Jennifer Medlin led Sikeston in scoring with 15 points, followed by Daniel with 12.
Scott Central was led by Jennifer Hoots, who hit three 3-pointers and finished with 21 points overall. Janet Penrod contributed 11.
"I think they did a real good job," said Brooks. "I'm glad to Coach (Semona) Penrod has gotten them back to pressing, they've always been very good at that. They really did a good job of taking us out of our game. They didn't let us get into our half-court game."
Scott Central will now face East Prairie in the consolation bracket on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sikeston (2-0) will play Delta in the semifinals on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
"We're young at the guard spot, but I think we've got a pretty good team," said Brooks. "We've got Joy inside, Jennifer inside and Clark. This kind of game gets the blood flowing. Now I think we'll be ready to play."
In the first game of the evening, top-seeded Delta clobbered reeling East Prairie 95-10.
The Lady Eagles had no answer for standout Rebecca Below, who scored a game-high 42 points. Rebecca Cook nailed three 3-pointers in the game and finished with 18 points. Sarah M. Cook contributed 15.
For East Prairie, Leslie Brown led the way with six points.
The Lady Eagles scored just four points in the first half, six in the second, and didn't attempt a free throw in the loss.
East Prairie will face Scott Central in the consolation bracket on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Delta will take on Sikeston in the semifinals on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Kelly rolled to its first win of the season, whitewashing Oran 53-22.
Dana Essner scored 12 points while Cara Scherer and Christy Kluestner each contributed 11 in the win.
For Oran, Teresa Hodges led the way with eight points. Kelly held a commanding 33-4 at halftime.
The Lady Hawks (1-2) will face the winner of a Scott City-Chaffee game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Oran will play the loser of the Scott City-Chaffee game on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the consolation bracket.