(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- The championship game was set up on Thursday night, as the Delta Lady Bobcats defeated the Oran Lady Eagles 47-35, while the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs also dropped their game to the Scott Central Bravettes 51-44, to set up the consolation game.
Delta now advances to play the No. 1 seed Kelly Lady Hawks on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., while Oran will play for third place at 3 p.m. against the Scott City Lady Rams. Sikeston falls out of the tournament, and Scott Central will play Chaffee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the consolation prize.
In game one, Sikeston held close to the lead throughout most of the game, but in the fourth quarter came up a little empty, as Scott Central capitalized on a few mental mistakes of the Lady Bulldogs with time winding down.
"We started out good," Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson said. "(But) the longer the game went, we began to do two things that hurt us--missed lay-
ups and had turnovers."
Jackson went away with a few bright spots for his club, however, noting that his club now knows it's style of play and that they know where they will play as far as positions go.
The Lady Bulldogs were led offensively by Keyarra Blissett, who put up 16 points in the loss. Monika Gray-El and Amber Minner each had 10 points as well.
Scott Central was led by Markita Mosley's 14 points in the win.
Sikeston's next test is a road game against Dexter on Dec. 13.
Game two was a battle for the Oran Lady Eagles, as the Delta Lady Bobcats proved to be a test from the opening tip.
Oran was down just four points at the break, and remained within eight points throughout most of the game, but the Lady Bobcats pulled away slowly in the fourth to go on to victory and a now have shot at the championship on Saturday.
Despite the loss, Oran head coach Adam Friga took away a lot of good for his squad in the game.
"Defensively I was really proud of the kids tonight," Friga said. "Intensity-
wise, I couldn't ask for a whole lot more. The kids didn't give up."
Throughout most of the game, Oran had two freshmen and a sophomore on the court, proving that they will have returning talent in the future.
"We're still trying to find our roles right now," Friga said. "We've got a lot of young kids out there that are just going to get better as the year goes on (and) as they get their feet wet. It's still early."
Delta's Sara Blattel led the late charge in the second half, as she scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half. Blattel was 8-for-10 at the line, while the Lady Bobcats as a team, shot 17-for-20 at the charity stripe.
In the losing effort, Oran's Callie Kielhofner led the way with 10 points, with two three-pointers.
Kirstie Mangels added seven points and Cheyenne King had six.