(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
BENTON -- With time for one last shot after coming back to tie against Kelly Monday night, Scott City put the ball in junior Katie Hogan's hands and was not disappointed.
Waiting until only a few seconds were left on the clock, Hogan hit a shot while shooting over two Lady Hawk defenders from the right side of the court to put her team up 49-47 with no time left on the clock.
"I went out to a five wide set just to pass it around and make sure we had the last shot in Katie's hands, which happened," Scott City head coach Ricky Keller said. "I thought they (executed) the play right to a 'T.'"
The basket marked a thrilling end to a fourth quarter revival for the Lady Rams after watching Kelly control the better part of the first three quarters.
After scoring the first five points in the game, the Lady Hawks were able to come back and take the lead with just under three minutes to play in the first.
Kelly was able to hold the advantage until the final minutes of the game, extending it to 11 points at one point during the third, before going into the fourth up seven at 38-31.
It was after the Lady Hawks' Kristen Powell hit a shot to put Kelly up eight with 4:20 to play, however, that Scott City started to take over.
Starting with a Stacey Heisserer basket, the Lady Rams went on an 8-0 run that ended with Hogan hitting her third shot of the quarter to tie the game at 45 with 1:34 to play.
It was after Scott City was forced to tie Kelly again at 47-47 with 55 seconds left that the Lady Hawks committed a turnover on their next possession with 28 seconds left.
Calling a timeout, Scott City was able to set up the above mentioned play allowed them to run time off the clock until taking a last second shot.
Luckily for the Lady Rams, despite having defenders in her face, Hogan's shot was right on the mark, securing the Scott City's 12th win of the season.
(Coach Keller) called a timeout and said just force the ball around until 10 seconds are left so they can't go down there and get a shot and then to get the ball into me," Hogan said. "I got the ball with nine seconds left and I passed it off, cut down there and (a teammate) did like a handoff, so I don't even know how I got through.
"Then I turned around and they jumped with me, so I just shot it."
Hogan's 20 points were a team-high while Katie Rhymer's was second on the Lady Rams with seven.
For the Lady Hawks, Kayla Hicks and Kristen Powell led the way with 21 and 17 points respectively.
"The girls came out with a lot of intensity," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "They played hard the entire game, but give Scott City credit, they made the shot when it counted and that's what good teams do.
"We're just trying to get ready for districts. Hopefully these types of games will help us to be successful in districts."
Now at 4-8, the Lady Hawks travel to Puxico Thursday where they will take on the Lady Indians at 6 p.m. Scott City will also play Thursday at 6 p.m. when they host the Scott County Central Bravettes.
Earlier in the night, the Lady Rams junior varsity squad also came out with a win, beating Kelly's junior varsity team 46-41. Alicia Kern led Scott City with 16 points while Kelly's Darbe Backfisch had a game-high 17 points.
SCOTT CITY (49) -- Lindsey Ressel 6, Stacey Heisserer 3, Michaela Cobb 1, Melanie Lacey 3, Katie Rhymer 7, Katie Hogan 20, Andrea Gray 5, Brittany Kiefer 4. FG 19, FT 8-16, F 19. (3-pointers: Hogan 2, Gray 1. Fouled out: none)
KELLY (47) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 3, Haley Glastetter 3, Karlie Ashcraft 3, Kayla Hicks 21, Kristen Powell 17. FG 16, FT 14-22, F 16. (3-pointers: Kaitlin Glastetter 1. Fouled out: none)