ORAN - The Scott County Central Bravettes and the Delta Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Scott-Miss. Girls Conference Tournament with semifinal wins over Kelly and Oran respectively on Thursday night at Oran High School.
In the first semifinal matchup of the night, Delta cruised by the host Lady Eagles 59-29. The Bravettes held on to defeat the Lady Hawks, 62-59.
Scott Central and Delta (11-0) will square off in the finals on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Kelly (9-3) will battle Oran for third place at 1:30 p.m.
The Bravettes had a big first quarter and hung on the rest of the way to defeat the Kelly Lady Hawks.
Scott Central (9-2) scored 25 points in the first, led by senior Brittney Peet who pumped in 12 points in the quarter to ignite the Bravettes to a 25-19 lead entering the second quarter.
Kelly had problems stopping the transition game of the Bravettes in the first quarter and were getting burned in their man-to-man defense.
"We had some problems adjusting to the speed of the game early on," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "Scott Central has some excellent athletes and they were beating us up and down the floor in the first quarter."
The Bravettes slowed down in the second quarter due to foul trouble by post player Jamisha Williams, who picked up three fouls by the end of the first quarter.
With Williams out, Kelly's Debra Hall went to work in the paint. The Lady Hawks trailed 35-30 at the half and Hall poured in 14 points to lead Kelly. The Lady Hawks slowed down the Bravettes with a zone defense in the second quarter.
"Kelly is a tough team and has some good young girls," said Scott Central head coach Semona Penrod. "I was afraid of our matchups in the post, especially after we got in foul trouble. We had some girls step up for us tonight who hadn't been all year."
The Bravettes got production from freshman Markita Mosley and junior Amanda Lawless off the bench. Mosley and Lawless combined to score 12 points in the second half, helping off set the loss of Williams due to foul trouble. Scott Central led 48-44 heading into the fourth quarter.
"Mosley had a good game and stepped up for us," said Penrod. "I thought our bench came in and gave us a lift."
The Lady Hawks implemented a full-court trap to begin the fourth quarter. Throughout much of the quarter, both teams went back and forth and the lead for Scott Central never got above four points.
The Bravettes were up 61-59 with 11 seconds to play when Samantha Jones was fouled and went to the foul line. Jones missed the attempted, but Mosley gained the offensive rebound for Scott Central and was fouled immediately.
Mosley made 1-of-2 foul shots to put Scott Central up 62-59 with seven seconds to play. Kelly brought the ball down the floor and had one shot to tie the game with a 3-pointer, but the shot fell short and the Bravettes moved on to the finals.
"This is a good win for the girls," said Penrod. "Anytime you make the finals, you feel a since of accomplishment. I was pleased with the win, but I didn't think we ran the ball like we should. We got in some foul trouble and we didn't press like we normally do."
Peet led Scott Central with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Jones was second on the team with 11 points and Williams battled despite foul issues and ended her night with 10 points and six rebounds for the Bravettes.
Lekisha Turner scored eight points, all in the first half and Mosley finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Lawless chipped in six points off the bench.
For the game, Scott Central's bench outscored Kelly's 13-5.
Hall led Kelly with 21 points and 14 rebounds (eight offensive). Junior Sarah Ruff continued her hard-nosed play for the Lady Hawks and had 11 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive). Point guard Brittany Peet finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for Kelly.
"It was a good game and I am proud of the way our girls battled back after being down early," said McQuerter. "I thought the girls did an exceptional job on the zone defense, since it was the first time we have played it all year. I told the girls that this tournament is not the main part of our season, the district tournament is. Games like tonight really will get us prepared to play in districts and that is what the girls should take out of tonight."
The Delta Lady Bobcats showed the crowd at Oran why they are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1 as they dismantled the Lady Eagles, 59-29.
Both teams battled evenly in the first quarter, with Delta taking a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.
In the second, the Lady Bobcats began the quarter on a 14-2 run and led 27-14 with four minutes to play in the quarter.
Delta point guard Kaci Menz had 18 points in the first half and made two 3-
pointers in the half. Menz by herself scored as many points as the Lady Eagles in the half. Delta led 35-18 at the break.
Delta put the game away in the third quarter with a 13-2 run and led 48-20 with three minutes to play in the quarter.
The second and third quarters for Oran washed away any chance for an upset. The Lady Eagles committed six turnovers apiece in the quarters and were outscored 37-13.
"Our defense got our offense going tonight," said Delta head coach Randy White. "We got in the lanes and helped down low on their post players. We played hard and got production from our bench. Our bench just does not fill out an roster, they gave us lift and got us going."
Menz was unstoppable for Delta as she finished with 28 points. Menz hit four 3-pointers in the game. Jodi Menz, younger sister of Kaci, led the Lady Bobcats with seven rebounds and had seven points.
"Kaci played well as she usually does for us," said White. "She has been solid all year and I believe she is one of the better players in the area."
Delta had 10 steals as a team and forced Oran to commit 18 turnovers in the contest.
Erica Michelsen led Oran with 11 points and six rebounds. Tiffany Glastetter had seven points and five rebounds and Callie Kielhofner had seven points off the bench for the Lady Eagles.