ORAN -- The Scott-Mississippi Conference Girls Tournament wrapped up on Saturday with a hotly-contested championship final.
Delta protected its blemish-free record and most likely its ranking as Missouri's top Class 1 team, but not without a fight.
The Lady Bobcats barely squeaked past the Scott County Central Bravettes, 35-34, to capture the tournament title.
Delta (12-0) led 21-17 at the half, then fended off the Bravettes in the third quarter to retain a slender 26-25 lead going into the final quarter.
Scott Central (9-3), getting seven of its nine fourth-quarter points from leading scorer Brianna Johnson, played the Bobcats even but was unable to make up the one-point deficit.
The Bravettes outscored Delta from the field (31-25), but the Bobcats enjoyed a seven-point advantage at the charity stripe, hitting 10-of-17 free throws. Scott Central went to the line eight times with three makes.
Johnson finished with a game-high 11 points and Jamisha Williams added eight for the Bravettes.
Kaci Menz topped the Bobcats with 10 points followed by seven each from Jodi Menz and Kayla Seabaugh.
Delta 35, Scott Central 34
SCOTT CENTRAL (34) -- Brittney Peet 5, Brianna Johnson 11, Samantha Jones 4, Markita Mosley 4, Amanda Lawless 2, Jamisha Williams 8. FG 14, FT 3-8, F 16. (3-pointers: Johnson 1. Fouled out: none).
DELTA (35) -- Tiffany Amelunke 2, Allison Burger 2, Ashley Deprow 4, Jodi Menz 7, Kaci Menz 10, Sarah Keys 3, Kayla Seabaugh 7. FG 8, FT 10-17, F 13. (3-pointers: K. Menz 2, Keys 1. Fouled out: none).
The Kelly Lady Hawks defeated the Oran Lady Eagles 45-32 for third place in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Girls Tournament.
Kelly (10-3), ranked ninth in Missouri's Class 3 girls poll, steadily built its lead throughout the course of the game; 14-8 after the first quarter, 23-15 at the half, 31-21 after the third quarter.
The Hawks outscored the Eagles 15-3 from the free-throw line.
Debra Hall and Nikki Weiney paced Kelly with 10 points apiece.
Erica Michelsen led the Eagles with a game-high 12 points and Callie Kielhofner chipped in with nine.
Kelly 45, Oran 32
ORAN (32) -- Wendy Eftink 2, Callie Kielhofner 9, Erica Michelsen 12, Jodi Urhahn 2, Tiffany Glastetter 7. FG 13, FT 3-8, F 19. (3-pointers: Kielhofner 1. Fouled out: Urhahn).
KELLY (45) -- Sara Ruff 7, Brittany Ponder 5, Kayla Cissell 4, Lauren Gean 2, Katee Moore 6, Nikki Weiney 10, Ashley Vetter 1, Debra Hall 10. FG 15, FT 15-28, F 14. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).