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Notre Dame heavy favorites in 2A District 2 girls tournament

Thursday, February 21, 2002

BLOOMFIELD -- The Class 2A District 2 girls basketball tournament starts this Saturday at Bloomfield and will run through next Friday.

Here is a look at each team in the district as seeded:

Notre Dame has won the district five years in a row, and is the heavy favorite to win this year's event.

The Lady Bulldogs are 22-2, ranked No. 4 in Missouri Class 2A.

"The kids know what it takes to win," said Notre Dame head coach Jerry Grim. "That's what they're used to doing. Any team could sneak up on us if we have a bad game, but the way the kids work, I don't foresee that."

Lisa Millham is averaging 16 points per game, followed by Ashley Millham with 14 a game. Deana McCormick also produces 14 points per game and is the team's leading rebounder with 173 boards.

The Lady Bulldogs have won 11 straight games heading into their first round game on Monday at 5 p.m. They will face the winner of a Woodland-East Prairie game.

2. Kelly (20-4)

It has been an overachieving season for the Lady Hawks, who earned the second seed with a record of 20-4.

Kelly will end the regular season tonight at Oran in a battle for the Scott-Miss title, then will face Puxico in the first round on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

"It's a very tough district," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "We just want to come out, play hard, play as a team, and compete with each team we go up against."

Senior Bridgett Riley leads the Lady Hawks with 11 points per game, followed by junior Christy Kluesner with 10. Junior Dana Essner averages just under 10 points with 4 rebounds a night.

Sophomore Ashley Kern is the team's top defender.

"These seniors have come out and exceeded expectations," said McQuerter. "They've been true leaders to this team. Coach (Tim) Scifres and I are very proud of the job Alana (Burford), Shannon (Deshaney), Ashley (Payne) and Bridgett (Riley) have done this year. The girls have played hard all year, and we've had a good season so far."

The Lady Bluejays have put together an outstanding season, earning the third seed.

They will end the regular season tonight against Caruthersville, then face Chaffee in the first round of districts on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Charleston is currently riding a six-game win streak.

"(Notre Dame) is the team everybody is looking at," said Charleston coach Beverly Wright. "It just depends on who can stay healthy and stay focused. Our kids are all excited about the playoff situation."

Missy Whitney (5-11) is the team's leading scorer, averaging 18 points with nine rebounds per game. Junior point guard Dre-Elle Mathis is also a scoring threat, averaging eight points with five assists per night.

Seniors Monisha Murray and Tyshanta Williams are productive role players.

"The desire and the determination not to lose is a quality this team has," said Wright. "The seniors have done a good job of trying to lead them that way. We had a decent season last year (20-6) and the success kind of carried over."

Two of Charleston's losses came to Kelly and the other was to Twin Rivers.

Scott City picked up the No. 4 seed and enters district play with a record of 8-13. The Lady Rams haven't set the world on fire with wins, but they've competed with several good teams.

Sophomore forward Loren Groves is Scott City's top player, averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Senior Makenzie Cartwright averages eight points a game.

Scott City will face Greenville in the first round on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Greenville has been up and down this year, earning the No. 5 seed. The Lady Bears are 12-10 heading into Saturday's first-round game against Scott City at 1:30 p.m.

Sophomore forward Emily Ross is Greenville's leading scorer, averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Mandy Crites is averaging 16 points and five assists per game.

The Lady Red Devils are the No. 6 seed with a record of 5-16. Multi-sport standout Jennifer Vandeven is Chaffee's biggest weapon, averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Mallory Kiefer has also been coming on as of late, averaging 14 points per night over the last four games.

In the second half of the season, senior Callie Meyer has contributed 10 points per game, while senior April Stafford has been Chaffee's top defender all year.

The Lady Red Devils will face Charleston in the first round on Saturday at 3 p.m.

"We've been playing a lot better the last two weeks, playing aggressive as a team," said Chaffee coach Tammy Brock. "Our goal is to be competitive. We played Charleston earlier in the year and lost to them by 13. We would like to bridge that gap a little bit."

7. Puxico (4-16)

Puxico enters as the No. 7 seed with a record of 4-16. The Lady Indians will face Kelly in the first round Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

"Teamwork would be nice," said Puxico coach Christine Logan. "We hope everybody can play their best and we can challenge Kelly in the first round."

Sophomore forward Danielle Smith leads the Lady Indians with 10 points per game, followed by freshman April Sifford with eight per night.

Krystle Cook is the team's top rebounder and defender.

The Lady Cardinals are the No. 8 seed with a record of 5-18. They will face ninth-seeded East Prairie on Saturday at noon in the tournament's play-in game.

The winner of that game will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Monday.

"Notre Dame is just loaded," said Woodland coach Curt Finley. "They're extremely talented and they've played a tremendous schedule. They're a cut above the rest of the field. We would like the opportunity to play them."

Sophomore guard Kandice Abner leads the offense, averaging 11 points per game. Senior Dianna McCall is putting up eight points per night. Freshman Amanda Abner is Woodland's top defensive player, and Emily Davis is the team's top rebounder.

"It has been a very successful season by our standards," said Finley. "We were oh-fer last year."

East Prairie is the No. 9 seed in this year's tournament.

They will face Woodland in Saturday's play-in game at noon.