(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Without starting point guard Haley Glastetter, the Kelly Lady Hawks came out to a slow offensive start that gave the Delta Lady Bobcats the edge they needed.
With the winner moving on to play Scott City in the championship game of the Chaffee Lady Devils Invitational Tournament, Delta jumped out to a 14-point lead by the half before winning 51-40.
"It really showed we didn't have our point guard tonight and Delta took advantage of that," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said about Glastetter, who was lost to injury the previous game. "It's the first year in five years they hadn't played without her. It's kind of a shock for them, but the girls adjusted well."
Though the Lady Hawks played with Delta from the second quarter, a rough first quarter that saw the Bobcats take a 17-4 lead, was just too much to overcome.
Delta will play Scott City in the tournament Championship at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday while Kelly drops to the third place game against Sikeston.
DELTA (51) -- Machela VanGennip 16, Macey Parks 2, Tori Burton 14, Samantha Bartels 19. FG 19, FT 9-14, F 8. (3-pointers: VanGennip 1, Burton 1, Bartels 2. Fouled out: none).
KELLY (40) -- Bridgette Chandler 6, Karlie Ashcraft 2, Kristen Vetter 2, Kayla Hicks 21, Kristen Powell 9. FG 19, FT 2-4, F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
CHAFFEE -- Playing the Woodland Lady Cardinals in the consolation bracket semifinals at the Chaffee Lady Devils Invitational Tournament Thursday night, the East Prairie Lady Eagles fell 52-44, sending the Lady Cardinals to the consolation championship.
"I thought we played better (than recent games)," Lady Eagle's coach Steven Douglas said. "We're a young team and this is the first night I think that most of the girls had a more aggressive approach to the game."
Down by one entering the third, East Prairie played within six points of Woodland the entire second half before the Lady Cardinals pulled away in the final minute.
It was the East Prairie's Jennifer Nicholson that brought her team within four points of the Lady Cardinals before Woodland's Ashley Acup connected on two free throws, followed by a two-point shot by Kendra Pinkley at the buzzer to seal the game.
While the Lady Eagles' (0-4) tournament is over, the Lady Cardinals will now face the Oran Lady Eagles for the consolation bracket championship, Saturday at 1:30 p.m..
WOODLAND (52) -- Josie Long 6, Kathlyn Cooper 11, Tess Rainey 4, Ashley Acup 17, Keighlyn Lincoln 4, Kendra Pinkley 10. FG 22, FT 8-10, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
EAST PRAIRIE (44) -- Rebekah Douglas 9, Caitlyn Harwell 5, Caitlin Lindsey 8, Jennifer Nicholson 20, Kailey Turner. FG 18, FT 8-8, F 12. (3-pointers: Lindsey 2. Fouled out: none).