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Kelly girls rout East Prairie

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

BENTON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks rolled over the East Prairie Lady Eagles 66

-23 on Monday at Kelly High School.

Kelly (4-1) ran out to a 10-0 lead and was never threatened, leading 24-5 after one quarter of play.

Led by the 14 first-half points of sophomore post Debra Hall, and 10 from senior guard Brittany Ponder, the Hawks took a 44-12 lead in at halftime.

"East Prairie's a good team," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "They've been playing teams very tough. We just wanted to come out with a positive attitude and treat every possession like it was important."

The Hawks, behind Sarah Ruff's team-high six third-quarter points, ran their advantage to 59-17 going into the final quarter with the mercy clock on.

Five-of-13 free-throw shooting in the third period added to a weak overall performance by the Hawks, who hit only 12-of-27 on the evening.

East Prairie went 6-of-11 from the line.

East Prairie (0-6) was its own worst enemy with 22 turnovers in the first half -- 35 for the game -- many unforced despite Kelly's full-court pressure. The Hawks committed 11 turnovers.

"Give those East Prairie girls credit," McQuerter said. "They had a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there and they competed."

Kelly also dominated the boards, limiting the Eagles, on most possessions, to a single shot while getting multiple chances themselves.

Hall finished with a game-high 18 points, Sarah Ruff and Ponder added 14 apiece.

Megan Britt topped the Eagles with seven points, Whitley Rundles had five.

Kelly completed the sweep with a 40-31 win over the Eagles in the junior varsity contest.

Tara Johnson and Londyn Backfisch led the Hawks with 13 and nine points, respectively. Skyler Archie paced the Eagles with nine and Brittany Trusty added seven.

Kelly returns to action at the Twin Rivers Tournament, which opens on Saturday.