(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs gave the No. 1 seeded Scott City Lady Rams all they wanted on Wednesday night at the 34th Annual Lady Devils Invitational Tournament at Chaffee High School as Scott City narrowly escaped with a 56-50 win.
"It was definitely a battle," Scott City head coach Ricky Keller said. "We knew it was going to be a tight battle the whole game. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit nervous. I thought the girls fought through."
Trailing by as many as 11 points during the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs clawed back and took as much as a 5-point lead in the third quarter outscoring Scott City 16-8.
Sikeston began the third quarter with eight-straight points including six from junior Taneshia Pulley. Pulley pulled the Lady Bulldogs in front within the first two minutes with her second field goal to make it 28-27.
Pulley later made it a 3-point game with two made free throws.
"We started putting the ball in Taneshia's hands and she started to score," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said about Pulley. "She used her size to her advantage, got to the foul line."
Beginning the fourth quarter, however, Scott City junior standout Katie Hogan took over. Hogan, who finished the game with 21 points, 19 rebounds, six steals and four blocks, tied the game at 38 and was crucial down the stretch hitting 8-of-10 free throws while Sikeston started to foul to stop the clock.
"The Hogan girl is a very good player," Schonhoff said. "She gave us fits. We gained a lead and we were going back and forth, playing some good basketball and then (Hogan) found a second wind with about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter."
A basket by Vonteria Applewhite gave the Lady Bulldogs their last lead at 40-39. It was followed by a 3-pointer from Andrea Gray just moments later.
"That's a veteran team," Keller said about their fourth quarter comeback. "It's a veteran team realizing that if they take care of the ball good things happen. I thought our senior leadership and our big, junior leader really stepped up tonight."
Starting with Gray's 3-pointer, the Lady Rams rattled off an 8-0 run giving them a 47-40 with four minutes remaining.
A 3-pointer with 21 seconds left from Sikeston's Darqueshionna Howard made it 54-50, but Hogan's fifth made free throw within a minute iced the No. 5 seeded Sikeston.
"I think in the fourth quarter we got a little tired," Schonhoff said. "We got a little relaxed in the press and missed some assignments. They got the lead and never could catch back up."
Pulley led the Lady Bulldogs (2-1) with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Howard chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds while Keyonna Blissett added 10 points and four steals.
Asia Liggins scored eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Applewhite had six steals.
Stacey Heisserer helped the Lady Rams out with 11 points and six steals while Melanie Lacey pulled down six rebounds.
Sikeston will play the loser of the Kelly-Delta game on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the third place game while Scott City (4-0) will face the winner of that same game in the tournament championship at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
SIKESTON (50) -- Keyonna Blissett 10, Darqueshionna Howard 11, Vonteria Applewhite 5, Asia Liggins 8, Anne Dennis 2, Aleah Little 2, Taneshia Pulley 12. FG 21, FT 7-18, F 21. (3-pointers: Howard 1. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CITY (56) -- Stacey Heisserer 11, Michaela Cobb 2, Melanie Lacey 4, Katie Hogan 21, Jenna Cummins 2, Andrea Gray 5, Brittany Kiefer 7. FG 19, FT 14-22. F 16. (3-pointers: Hogan 3, Gray 3. Fouled out: Gray.)
CHAFFEE -- The Delta Lady Bobcats advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 62-40 win over the East Prairie Lady Eagles on Wednesday night.
The Lady Eagles, who kept up with Delta after a 13-10 first quarter score, fell to the wayside in the second being outscored 21-7.
The Lady Bobcats will play Kelly tonight at 7:30 p.m. for a chance at the Scott City Lady Rams in the tournament championship.
Delta's Tori Burton poured in 23 points while Samantha Bartels added 19.
Jennifer Nicholson led the Lady Eagles with 18 points.
DELTA (62) -- Rachel Bartels 4, Machela VanGennip 12, Macey Parks 4, Tori Burton 23, Samantha Bartels 19. FG 20, FT 19-24, F 10. (3-pointers: VanGennip 1, Burton 1, Samantha Bartels 1. Fouled out: none).
EAST PRAIRIE (40) -- Rebekah Douglas 5, Caitlyn Harwell 7, Heather Miller 5, Jennifer Nicholson 18, Kailey Turner 3, Chelse Ivie 2. FG 16, FT 7-12, F 11. (3-pointers: Harwell 1. Fouled out: none).
CHAFFEE -- The Oran Lady Eagles breezed by the Chaffee Lady Devils in the consolation semifinals Wednesday night, 57-19.
Chaffee's Ellie Sigman scored the Lady Devils' first and only field goal in the first quarter making it an 8-2 game. Oran went on to score 14-unanswered points from that point on giving them a comfortable 22-2 lead after the first quarter.
Haley Glastetter and Chrissy Sauceda both scored 11 points for Oran while Randi Wiley led the Lady Devils with 11 points.
Oran will play the winner of the Woodland-East Prairie game in the consolation finals on Saturday.
CHAFFEE (19) -- Randi Wiley 11, Adrienne Eichhorn 2, Ellie Sigman 4, Noni Thapthimthong 2. FG 7, FT 3-10, F 11. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
ORAN (57) -- Abbey Anderson 5, Harley Hargrove 4, Taylor Nenninger 8, Haley Glastetter 11, Addie Kielhofner 2, Chrissy Sauceda 11, Cheyanne King 9, Halle Woodfin 5, Brooke Schlitt 2. FG 23, FT 8-15, F 9. (3-pointers: Suaceda 3. Fouled out: none).