(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Facing the fourth-seeded Oran Lady Eagles in the first round of the 34th Annual Chaffee Invitational Tournament Monday night, the fifth-seeded Sikeston Lady Bulldogs used a big second half to propel themselves to the semifinals.
Holding a slim seven-point lead at the half, the Lady Bulldogs put up a combined 41 points in the final two quarters to run away with a 72-41 win.
"The second half was really the big key for us," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "I think we wore them down, we frustrated them and it was just a big part of our victory."
Up until the third quarter, the two teams played a relatively close ballgame with Oran able to keep within striking distance, but unable to come back and take the lead.
Opening the second half, however, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to build a 17-point advantage just three minutes into the quarter.
Though Oran briefly pulled back to within 11, Sikeston kept piling on the point, going on a 14-2 run at one point in the fourth before securing the win.
"Oran came out and they did real well with our press," Schonhoff said. "They were getting easy shots and played extremely hard. They did not give up, but our girls just kept on battling and battling.
"Our press wore them down. The big thing was we were mentally strong, focused and came out here ready to play."
With just about everyone getting involved in the offense, a total of nine Lady Bulldogs put up points in the contest, including four in double-digits.
Leading the way Vonteria Applewhite came with 16 points while Keyonna Blissett's 12 was good for second on the team.
As for Oran, Cheyanne King finished with a team-high 20-points followed by Haley Glastetter's who contributed 11.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-0) will now play the first-seeded Scott City Lady Rams, Wednesday at 8 p.m. while Oran will play the eighth-seeded Chaffee Lady Devils, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket.
ORAN (41) -- Abbey Anderson 6, Haley Glastetter 11, Cheyanne King 20, Halle Woodfin 4. FG 13, FT 15-25, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
SIKESTON (72) -- Tyangela Gibson 6, Keyonna Blissett 12, Darqueshionna Howard 11, Vonteria Applewhite 16, Asia Liggins 11, Anne Dennis 2, Shataria Flye 3, Aleah Little 2, Taneshia Pulley 9. FG 31, FT 8-16, F 21. (3-pointers: Howard 1, Flye 1. Fouled out: none).
Scott City 49,
Living up to their seeding, the top-seeded Scott City Lady Rams put up a strong performance against the eighth-seeded Chaffee Lady Red Devils.
Building a commanding 28-2 lead by the half, the Lady Rams cruised to the semifinals with a 49-10 win.
"We played good in spurts, but there were times I wasn't thrilled about the way we were running the floor," Scott City head coach Ricky Keller said. "It's hard to get good shots against a team like that though."
Katie Hogan and Courtney Bentley were the Lady Rams top performers, coming away with 11 and 10 points respectively.
For Chaffee, Randi Wiley led the way with four points.
CHAFFEE (10) -- Randi Wiley 4, Miranda Estes 2, Adrienne Eichhorn 2, Ellie Sigman 2. FG 4, FT 2-5, F 5. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CITY (49) -- Stacey Heisserer 6, Melanie Lacey 8, Courtney Bentley 10, Lindsey Ressel 4, Katie Rhymer 4, Katie Hogan 11, Andrea Gray 6. FG 23, FT 2-6, F 12. (3-pointers: Hogan 1. Fouled out: none.)
Kelly 46, Woodland 41
The second-seeded Kelly Lady Hawks were able to make up for a rocky first half to avoid the upset against the seventh-seeded Woodland Lady Cardinals.
Trailing by 12 after the first quarter, Kelly was able to slowly eat into Woodland's lead before overtaking the Lady Cardinals to win 46-41.
"When you're playing a bunch of freshman and sophomores, you just want to kind of see what they can do," Lady Hawk's head coach Rod McQuerter said. "You want to put them in situations to make them think and be better basketball players.
"Tonight they came out, they competed and played well."
After trailing 16-4 entering the second, Kelly was able to start their methodical rally in the frame, cutting the deficit to six entering the half.
It was about midway through the third when the Lady Hawks finally caught up with the Lady Cardinals as Kayla Hicks was fouled going to the basket. Hicks made the bucket and connected on the free throw to tie things up at 30 apiece.
A few minutes later with a about 1:30 left in the quarter, Kristen Powell put Kelly in the lead for good when she connected on a two-pointer to put the lady hawks up 34-32.
Besides hitting the game-tying shot, Hicks also led Kelly in scoring on the night with 21 points. She was followed by Powell whose 14 points were good for second on the team.
For Woodland, Kendra Pinkley and Josie Long came away with 18 and 12 points respectively to lead the Lady Cardinals.
Kelly will now play the winner of Wednesday's Delta/East Prairie match up on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while Woodland will play the loser Thursday at 6 p.m.
WOODLAND (41) -- Ashley Acup 5, Kendra Pinkley 18, Keighlyn Lincoln 6, Josie Long 12. FG 17, FT 6-15, F 19. (3-pointers: Lincoln 1. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (48) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 4, Bridgette Chandler 6, Kristen Vetter 3, Kayla Hicks 21, Kristen Powell 14. FG 19, FT 10-15, F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)