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Kelly fights off Woodland in district play

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Woodland's Amanda Abner and Kelly's Summer Proctor fight for the ball.
GREENVILLE - The Kelly Lady Hawks advanced to the district finals on Friday night after defeating Woodland 57-27 in Class 3, District 2 Tournament in Greenville.

Top-seeded Kelly's depth and full-court pressure defense was too much for fifth-seeded Woodland to handle as they coasted to the semifinal win.

Kelly played for the district championship on Saturday against Greenville, which beat Scott City 49-32. Results from that game will be in Monday's paper.

Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter liberally substituted throughout the game while the youthful Lady Cardinals were battling foul problems and a short bench.

Kelly (23-4) led 14-6 after the first quarter but exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Woodland 28-4 to blow the game open with a 42-10 halftime advantage.

Most of the damage was done with Kelly's pressure defense causing turnovers.

"That's the way we practice every day," said McQuerter. "We work on defense every single defense, emphasizing that. If we play this style of basketball, hopefully we'll wear other teams down by the fourth quarter. Hopefully that's what we did tonight."

With starting point guard Amanda Abner picking up early foul problems in the second quarter, the Lady Cardinals (12-13) ran into major problems in solving the Lady Hawks' press.

"Their press is the tightest we've faced this year," said Woodland coach Alana Stephens. "We've not really had much trouble with press break, but theirs was incredible. It was really good."

With the game already out of hand by halftime, McQuerter was able to rest his starters for much of the second half.

"Woodland came out very intense and they came out focused," said McQuerter. "They're well-coached and I told the girls they needed to match their intensity. Our girls came out and they played hard and played as a team. Our goal is simple -- play as many girls as we possibly can and keep the intensity and the enthusiasm. When you get to this part of the season it takes a full team to win. That's our goal every game."

Woodland actually outscored Kelly 11-10 in the third quarter to cut the led to 52-21.

The mercy rule kept the clock running the entire fourth quarter.

Kelly saw eight different players score with five of them scoring at least eight points.

Woodland's leading scorer was Sasha Hutson with eight points. Elisha Glastetter followed up with six points.

"Depth played a key part tonight, definitely so," said Stephens. "It would be so nice to have 15 girls to run in and out like that. Our bench isn't very deep and we got in foul trouble early. That hurt us."

Kelly Essner led the Lady Hawks with 15 points, including six steals and two blocked shots.

Jessica Burnett, Brittany Ponder and Leigh Ann Buchheit each had nine points. Rachel Kline added eight points.