(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON--The championship match-ups were set in the Scott-Miss Tournament on Thursday evening, as the Delta Lady Bobcats downed the Scott City Lady Rams 57-30, and the Kelly Lady Hawks held off the Oran Lady Eagles 55-46.
Oran surprised a lot of fans at the Ronnie Cookson Gym on Thursday evening, as they came out on fire against the higher-seeded Lady Hawks. The Lady Eagles trailed by three after the first quarter, but Cheyenne King helped guide the Oran squad to the front of the pack with 12 points in the second quarter, as they outscored Kelly in the second quarter 14-10, grabbing hold of the halftime lead 24-23.
King went on to score all of the Lady Eagles' points in the third quarter, 13, which was once again a higher total than the Lady Hawks' total of 12, and Oran saw it's lead increase to two, 37-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter however, King's counterpart, Kelly's Debra Hall, scored 11 points to help return her team to the lead, where they would remain over the few remaining minutes. The Lady Eagles trailed by one, 47-46 with 2:45 left to play, but Oran was outscored 20-9 in the fourth, as Kelly slipped by to victory by a score of 55-46.
King ended with 31 points for the Lady Eagles, including eight rebounds, six steals, an assist and a block.
Oran head coach Adam Friga had nothing but praise for his squad after the close loss.
"We're really starting to gel," Friga said. "When we gel, we're going to be able to compete with anybody. I thought our girls did a good job tonight, and I was proud of them."
"They gave me all they had for 32 minutes tonight," he added. "I was proud to be part of that, and the kids deserve all the credit in the world because they played their butts off tonight. Our seniors are starting to come around, and become leaders, and when they become good leaders we're going to become a good basketball team."
Friga went on to say that it was a total team effort and that no individual person deserved any more credit than the next.
Aside from Hall, Londyn Backfisch scored 10 points for the Lady Hawks. She also recorded five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Kelly as a team, went 15-for-21 at the free-throw line, including going 8-
for-9 in the fourth quarter as things got tense.
Oran was 8-for-14 at the line in the loss.
Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said that the win was well-fought out, and that both squads laid it all on the line in the game.
"It's always a good game with Oran," McQuerter said. "All the girls know each other. You saw a bunch of young girls out there playing hard, and both teams came out with positive attitudes and played hard."
"Our young girls stepped up, but most important, our senior calmed us down tonight," he added. "When she calmed us down, all the freshmen and sophomores calmed down, but I'm very proud of their effort, not because they won, but because they had positive attitudes. I never thought this group would be 10-3, but I'm very proud of them."
The Lady Hawks will now once again face the Delta Lady Bobcats in another championship game, the second of the season. Delta held off Kelly for the title in the Chaffee Lady Devils Tournament, so the Lady Hawks will be geared up for the rematch.
In earlier varsity action Thursday, the Scott City Lady Rams ran out of gas, as the Delta Lady Bobcats put out a total team effort winning 57-30. Eight players scored for the Lady Bobcats in the victory.
It was all Delta, all four quarters, as they led 18-4 after the first quarter, and by 19 at half-time, 29-10.
Taylor Smith and Alison Burger led the way for the Lady Bobcats, with 12 points apiece. Smith also had five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block, while Burger added six rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Brittni Deprow scored nine in the win, all coming off of three 3-pointers.
Scott City's Becky Holder and Donielle Howell each recorded nine points in the loss. Holder had six steals, two rebounds and a block, while Howell had five rebounds and a steal.
Scott City will now face Oran in the third place game on Saturday at 3 p.m., while Delta advances to the championship game, where they will face Kelly at 4:30 p.m.
In junior varsity action, the Oran handled Delta with ease, winning 30-21.
Haley Glastetter scored 12 points, and recorded five steals and four rebounds for the Lady Eagles. Amanda Williams chipped in with four points, but was a force on the boards, with 11 rebounds.
Oran moves on to the championship game of the junior varsity tournament where they will face Scott City.
In the other junior varsity match-up Thursday, the East Prairie Lady Eagles suffered a heart-breaking loss, as they saw a 12 point half-time lead disappear in the third quarter, falling to the Scott City Lady Rams, 52-48.
Jennifer Nicholson led East Prairie with 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Megan Hedges added 10 points, five rebounds, five steals, four assists and a block.
Scott City's Macy Heisserer led the way for the Lady Rams with 19 points.
East Prairie will now face Delta in the third place game Saturday at 12 p.m., while Scott City moves into the championship game where the will go up against Oran. The junior varsity championship is set for 1:30 p.m. All games are played at Scott Central.