(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
DELTA -- In helping lead the Scott City Lady Rams to the Scott-Mississippi County Tournament championship Thursday night, Katie Hogan reached a milestone not many juniors see.
Opening the game 14 points shy of the 1,000 point mark in her career, Hogan found herself three points shy midway through the fourth with her team up by 10 against the hosting Delta Bobcats.
"I looked in the crowd once and everyone was holding up a three," Hogan said. "I was like, awe, three more points."
It was shortly after that when Hogan line up on the right-side of the arc and hit her only 3-pointer of the night with 5:32 to play, putting her team up by 13 in route to a 44-32 win while securing her place in Lady Rams basketball history.
"I was wanting it to be surprise tonight," Scott City head coach Ricky Keller said. "It happened to be on KFVS last night so I had to tell her. By the end of the year she's probably going to get 1,000 rebounds too.
"It was just a good moment to be a part of. Not many players get it their junior year."
Thursday was a night all of Scott City's players had reason to celebrate. After losing to the Lady Bobcats in last year's finals, the Lady Rams were able to avenge that loss by taking an early lead and holding it the entire way.
Entering the fourth up 31-20, the Lady Rams were able to open up the fourth on an 8-4 run with Hogan 3-pointer sandwiched in the middle to push their advantage to 15.
A short while later, the Lady Rams built their largest lead of the night at 19 off a Andrea Gray with 2:25 to play, allowing Scott City hold a double-digit lead to the end even though Delta was able to score six unanswered points to end the game.
"We didn't have much inside tonight," said Delta coach Randy White. "We knew that was going to be kind of tough. We also had trouble penetrating too. They did a very good job stopping the penetration."
Delta (8-5) was led in scoring by sophomore Machela VanGennip who finished the game with 13 points.
Scott City (11-2) was led by Hogan's 16 points while Michaela Cobb added nine points in the win.
SCOTT CITY (44) -- Melanie Lacey 6, Lindsey Ressel 2, Michaela Cobb 9, Katie Rhymer 5, Katie Hogan 16, Andrea Gray 6. FG 18, FT 4-4, F 10. (3-pointers: Gray 2, Hogan 1, Rhymer 1. Fouled out: none)
DELTA (32) -- Samantha Bartels 7, Rachel Bartels 2, Tori Burton 8, Machela Van Gennip 13, Macey Parks 2. FG 12, FT 5-8, F 11. (3-pointers: VanGennip 1, Burton 2. Fouled out: none)
DELTA -- Led by senior Haley Glastetter's 17 points Thursday night, the Oran Lady Eagles claimed third-place in the Scott-Mississippi County Tournament with a 56-41 win over the Kelly Lady Hawks.
"I can't say enough about the heart of my kids right now," Oran head coach Adam Friga said. "We have some seniors banged up right now and they played the whole game tonight.
"They wanted to be out there for their last conference tournament and to come home with a trophy. They took care of business."
It was Cheyanne King and Chrissy Sauceda contributing seven and six points in the first quarter respectively that allowed the Lady Eagles to build and early 11-point lead heading into the second quarter at 17-6.
That hot start proved crucial as the Lady Hawks offense warmed up in the second frame, cutting the Lady Eagles advantage by one over the next two quarters and enter the fourth down 39-29.
Unfortunately for Kelly, their offense was never able to find a way to finish closing the gap as every time the Lady Hawks made a big shot, Oran was able to match them point-for-point.
Coming as close as they had since early in the first quarter, Kelly's Kaitlin Glastetter was able to put her team within nine off a 3-point shot from the right side of the arc with 4:40 to play.
A 6-0 run in the next 1:10 by Oran, however, pushed Kelly's deficit back to 15 with 3:30 to play. Able to keep the Lady Hawks at bay the rest of the way, the Lady Eagles hit three more free throws before King added a last second basket to seal the win.
"Our girls came out and played hard," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said. "We cut the lead down to nine and made a run, but give Oran credit. They came out and put a little more pressure on us and they were able to score quick baskets to extend the lead back to what it was."
With Glastetter leading the way for Oran with her above mentioned 17 points, including 11 in the second half, Sauceda and King rounded out the top three scorers for the Lady Eagles.
"I think we played pretty well," King said. "I think we could have picked it up a little, but for the most part we hustled and played good 'D.'"
As for Kelly, Kristen Powell came away with a game-high 20 points while Hicks' 11 were good for second on the Lady Hawks.
ORAN (56) -- Abbey Anderson 6, Haley Glastetter 17, Cheyanne King 11, Halle Woodfin 6, Crissy Sauceda 12, Taylor Nenniger 2. FG 24, FT 8-17, F 10. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
KELLY (41) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 3, Haley Glastetter 2, Kristen Vetter 4, Kayla Hicks 11, Katie Koonce 1, Kristen Powell 20. FG 15, FT 10-12, F 10. (3-pointers: Glastetter 1. Fouled out: none)