(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- Even though the Scott City Lady Rams' have not had a game in three weeks they didn't look to be out of sync in any way.
The Lady Rams easily took care of the Caruthersville Lady Tigers on Wednesday night in a one-sided 91-20 victory at Scott City High School.
"The four things that we wanted to work on tonight was rebounding, team play on offense, play as a team and play fundamentally smart basketball," Scott City head coach Kerry Thompson said. "Those are the things we're going to take out of it."
Scott City flew out to a 27-1 lead six minutes into the game. By that time, bench players for the Lady Rams were already flowing in and out of the contest with the game pretty much decided by the 34-5 first quarter score.
"We didn't want to get sloppy when the game got out of hand," said Thompson. "We did a couple of times but overall I thought all of our players really kept the energy up and that's another thing you want to do in a game like this."
All of the 11 players that entered the game for Scott City made a contribution to the score. four players led the Lady Rams with 12 points a piece; Stephanie Essner, Kristen Keesee, Holli Shemonia and Ashley Brant.
Caruthersville had three scorers on the night. Tamora Fonda led all scorers with 15 points.
"It was a good night to work on some things and get ready for the conference tournament," said Thompson. "We'll take what we can out of this and get ready for next week."
The next time Scott City (6-2) will see the floor will be in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Chaffee High School on Tuesday against Scott County Central. Thompson said that their lop-sided win on Wednesday night does have its advantages going into what should be a very competitive tournament.
"Even if we would have played bad basketball and got a 'W' it could only help us going into the conference tournament," Thompson said. "Anytime you get a 'W' it keeps the morale up."
In last year's conference tournament, the Lady Rams were one-and-done against the East Prairie Lady Eagles. This year as the No. 2 seed, Thompson is hoping to be involved in at least three days of competition.
"We've got a tough week next week," Thompson said. "Last year we only played one night in the conference tournament. Our goal is to play three nights and I'm not talking about third place.
"Any team in it could win that thing, he added. "It's a tough conference. It's one of the toughest conferences around. We look forward to the challenge and hopefully we'll be able to make a show of it next week."
The Scott City junior varsity fell to the Jackson junior varsity team 46-39 before the varsity squared off with Caruthersville.
CARUTHERSVILLE (20) -- Tierra West 4, Vianna Carter 1, Tamora Fonda 15. FG 9 FT 1-2 F 17. (3-pointers: Fonda. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CITY (91) -- Lindsey Ressel 4, Stacy Heisserer 5, Stephanie Essner 12, Melanie Lacey 9, Kristen Keesee 12, Katie Hogan 2, Holli Shemonia 12, Tiffany Merritt 10, Michaela Cobb 8, Ashley Brant 12, Emily Echols 2. FG 39 FT 12-21 F 7. (3-pointers: Essner. Fouled out: none.)