(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
DELTA -- Fighting their way back from an 11-point deficit at the half Monday night, the fifth-seeded Charleston Lady Bluejays came up just short in their comeback bid against the fourth-seeded Kelly Lady Hawks in the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi County Tournament.
After the Lady Bluejays tied things up with 3:20 play, the Lady Hawks were able to pull back ahead to a three-point lead before watching a Charleston last-second shot come up short to give Kelly a 56-53 win.
"We came in to the game and it took us a little bit to settle down," Lady Bluejays' head coach Josh Thompson said. "After that we really stepped it up.
"I think if the game would have been 33 minutes long (instead of 32) we would have won. We just ran out of time."
Down 30-19 coming into the third quarter, Charleston was able to open the frame on a 13-4 run in the first three minutes to cut Kelly's lead to two.
Though the Lady Hawks were able to respond by pulling back ahead by as many as nine early in the fourth, the Lady Bluejays fought their way back once again, this time pulling even with Kelly at 50-50 on a wide-open Kasuela Cooper layup with 3:20 to play.
With just over two minutes left, however, Kelly's Kayla Hicks hit a shot to put the Lady Hawks up by two followed by teammate Bridgette Chandler adding another bucket after the Lady Bluejays turned the ball over on two-straight possessions.
Keeping her team within striking distance, Cooper was able to hit a basket with 38 seconds left before stealing a pass and hitting one-of-two free throws when the Lady Hawks fouled her going up for a basket.
Still down by one after Cooper's shot on their next drive went in and back out of the rim, the Lady Bluejays were forced to foul with eight seconds left, giving the Lady Hawks a three-point lead after Kristen Powell hit both her ensuing free throws.
After driving down the court and calling a timeout, the Bluejays were left with one last shot to tie with 4.9 seconds left.
Unfortunately for Charleston (3-6), Kelly's defense forced a long inbound pass that left the Bluejays with a half-court shot that fell short at the buzzer to end the game.
"We really got the ball to our third option there," Thompson said. "We talked about during the timeout that we wanted Duenne running through the double pick and Jameshia Hamilton coming around with Cooper there at the end.
"That was what we got and hats off (Kelly), they knew what we wanted to do and took it away."
Kelly coach Rod McQuerter was pleased to see his girls handle the last pressure so well.
"We've played tough competition all year," he said. "Our girls have responded well (in the past) and they responded well today.
"Give Charleston credit. They came out, competed and played very well, but I'm also very proud of our girls because at the end of the game they did right things to get the win."
Kelly (4-5) will now play the first-seeded Scott City Lady Rams Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
CHARLESTON (53) -- Jasmine Spence 4, Gabby Quinn 4, Taylor Duenne 3, Lakeisha Wilson 7, Kasuela Cooper 23, Eneikqua Ewing 10, Jameisha Hamilton 2. FG 22, FT 7-20, F 16. (3-pointers: Duenne 1, Wilson 1. Fouled out: none)
KELLY (56) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 4, Haley Glastetter 11, Bridgette Chandler 12, Karlie Ashcraft 10, Kristen Vetter 2, Kayla Hicks 12, Kristen Powell 5. FG 20, FT 16-22, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Ashcraft)
DELTA -- Though forced to play with only five players due to an illness, the second-seeded Delta Lady Bobcats were able to pull out a 61-35 win against the seventh-seeded Scott County Central Bravettes to advance to the semifinals.
"Macy Parks, who is normally one of our starters, is out with an (illness)," Delta head coach Randy White said. "Kaitlin Williams came in and did a real good job for us. She really played well defensively."
Up by 25 points going into the half, the Lady Bobcats were able to outscore the Bravettes in each of the first three quarters before Scott Central pulled out a 12-7 advantage in the fourth.
Just edging out teammate Tori Burton, who had 21 points, Samantha Bartels led Delta with 22 points on the night, including going 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
For Scott Central (1-7), Johniqua Fort led the way with 12 points. She was trailed by Mikaela Blissett and Daisy Gillespie, who had seven points each.
The Lady Bobcats will now play Oran Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the tournament finals.
DELTA (61) -- Samantha Bartels 22, Rachel Bartels 2, Tori Burton 21, Machela Van Gennip 16. FG 22, FT 14-18, F 7. (3-pointers: Van Gennip 1, Burton 1, S. Bartles 1. Fouled out: none)
SCOTT COUNTY CENTRAL (35) -- Mikaela Blissett 7, Johniqua Fort 12, Derien Ditto 5, Kayla Guzman 2, Abby Ross 2, Daisey Gillespie 7. FG 15, FT 4-7, F 13. (3-pointers: Ditto 1. Fouled out: none)
DELTA -- Holding a 17-point lead going into the fourth, the third-seeded Oran Lady Eagles went on to win 58-34 over the sixth-seeded East Prairie Lady Eagles.
"I think our effort was good," Oran head coach Adam Friga said. "But we have to continue to get better defensively and take care of the ball. I think we're getting a little better and our effort was consistent tonight."
Already up 17 entering the fourth, Oran allowed East Prairie to hit one free throw before going on an 10-0 run that pushed their advantage to 26 with 3:25 to play to seal the win.
For Oran (7-3), Cheyanne King led way with 18 points, followed by Abbey Anderson and Addie Keilhofner, who had nine apiece.
It was Jennifer Nicholson leading East Prairie (3-6) with 16 points on the night. She was followed by Caitlyn Harwell, who had 10.
ORAN (58) -- Abbey Anderson 6, Haley Glastetter 4, Cheyanne King 18, Halle Woodfin 6, Harley Hargrove 4, Addie Kielhofner 9, Crissy Sauceda 6, Taylor Nenninger 5. FG 26, FT 5-12, F 9. (3-pointers: Kielhofner 1. Fouled out: none)
EAST PRAIRIE (34) -- Caitlin Lindsey 4, Jennifer Nicholson 16, Rebecca Douglas 4, Caitlin Harwell 10. FG 16, FT 1-4, F 11. (3-pointers: Harwell 1. Fouled out: none)
DELTA -- Showing why they're the first seed in the tournament, the Scott Lady Rams put up a strong showing against the eight-seed Chaffee Lady Devils, winning 52-15 to move on to the semifinals.
The Lady Rams (9-2) were able to build a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter before going up 24-8 at the half.
Though Scott City's high scorer, Katie Hogan only had 10 points, the Lady Rams got at least a basket from nine of the 10 players on their roster.
Randi Wiley and Adrienne Eichhorn made up all of the Lady Devils (0-8) offense, scoring eight and seven points respectively.
SCOTT CITY (52) -- Stacey Heisserer 2, Melanie Lacey 9, Courtney Bentley 2, Michaela Cobb 6, Jenna Cummins 2, Katie Rhymer 9, Katie Hogan 12, Brittany Kiefer 6, Andrea Gray 4. FG 24, FT 4-8, F 5. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
CHAFFEE (15) -- Randi Wiley 5, Adrienne Eichhorn 10. FG 6, FT 0-2, F 5. (3-pointers: Wiley 1, Eichhorn 2. Fouled out: none)