(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- Area basketball fans got the chance to see some of the area's best high school talent while benefiting an important cause Saturday at the Charleston High School gymnasium.
That's where the Lady Bluejays basketball program hosted their annual Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout that featured 12 local high school girls teams competing in six back-to-back games.
All proceeds from the event are being donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Eva Henshaw and in honor of Robin Gamer.
"It's my first time running it," event organizer and Lady Bluejays head coach Josh Thompson said. "Coach (Michael) Minner did such an excellent job last year and I'm very proud of the turnout we had this year.
"I hope we can help make a difference with what we did."
Forgoing their school's traditional jerseys, all 12 squads donned either pink or blue t-shirts with the pink representing breast cancer and the blue representing prostate cancer.
Opening up the event at 11 a.m. with a 74-18 win over the Chaffee Lady Devils, Sikeston Lady Bulldogs' head coach Matt Schonhoff said it is always nice to get a game in while also being able to benefit an important cause like cancer.
"Anytime that we can get a win that benefits a good situation, like what Charleston and coach Thompson is doing, it's just even better," Schonhoff said. "It was a really, really good day. This is a great event and hopefully it can continue."
Taking a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, Charleston saw a late push by Twin Rivers secure the Lady Royals a 64-58 come-from-behind win in the event's closing game Saturday night.
"I have no complaint about how our girls played," Thompson said. "We played the hardest and best game that we've played all year."
After trailing by as many as 10 points in the second, the Lady Bluejays were able to close the gap to four at 36-32 when Taylor Duenne hit a 3-point right before the break.
Charleston (5-8) was able to finally retake the lead early in third and went into the fourth with a slim 50-49 advantage.
It was a with 3:20 left, after her team had already retook the lead once, that the Lady Royal's Tori Cole put her team ahead for good when she got fouled going in for a basket, hitting the shot and ensuing free throw to make it 57-55.
Extending their lead to as many as six with a minute left, Twin Rivers was able to work the ball around while eating up clock to keep the Lady Bluejays from mounting another comeback.
|Twin Rivers 14||22||13||15||-||64|
TWIN RIVERS (64) -- Chelsea Crain 15, Tori Cole 12, Sidni Hester 8, Kelsey Snider 16, Alexa Stockton 2, Hannah Sadler 2, Mallory Douglas 7, Crista Dillinger 2. FG 20, FT 17-35, F 25. (3-pointers: Snider 3, Crain 2, Hester 2. Fouled out: Snider, Dillinger)
CHARLESTON (58) -- Gabrielle Quinn 2, Kendra Hines 1, Taylor Duenne 3, Kasuela Cooper 18, Eneikqua Ewing 18, Lakiesha Wilson 6, Jasmine Spence 10. FG 21, FT 14-33, F 26. (3-pointers: Duenne 1, Wilson 1. Fouled out: none)
Led by Caitlyn Harwell's 14 points, the East Prairie Lady Eagles used a strong second half to hold off the Greenville Lady Bears for a 38-31 win.
"I thought we played well in the first quarter and in the second half," East Prairie coach Steven Douglas said. "The second quarter was not a very good quarter. We got tentative and (the Greenville) girls are methodical.
"They pull the ball out and work it until you make a mistake and then make you pay for it."
It was during that second quarter that the Lady Eagles saw the lead they had built with a 13-1 run to start the game suddenly vanish as the two teams entered the half tied 16-16.
Able to regroup, however, East Prairie (6-7) was able to retake a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter and hold on for the win.
"The second quarter they lulled us to sleep a little bit, then the third and fourth quarter we picked up the pressure," Douglas said. "We never let them get in a rhythm and that changed the ballgame."
East Prairie 11 5 13 9 - 38
|Greenville||3 13 11 4 - 31|
EAST PRAIRIE (38) -- Courtney Carden 2, Rebekah Douglas 5, Lydia Chance 3, Caitlyn Harwell 14, Jennifer Nicholson 13, Chelsea Ivie 1. FG 14, FT 8-17, F 11. (3-pointers: Harwell 2. Fouled out: none)
GREENVILLE (31) -- Bailey Faries 3, Sarah Hillis 2, Tori Porter 6, Andrea Becker 20. FG 12, FT 5-10, F 20. (3-pointers: Faries 1, Becker 1. Fouled out: Porter)
Building an 18-point lead by halftime, the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles rolled to a 76-36 win over the Caruthersville Lady Tigers.
Having their biggest quarter of the night in the third, NMCC (9-7) was able to outscore Caruthersville 27-6 to end any chance of a Lady Tiger comeback.
The Lady Eagles got big offensive performances from both Karen McGloson and Benesha Childress as each scored 24 and 22 respectively, all in the first three quarters.
|NMCC||25 17 27 7 - 76|
|Caruthersville||12 12 6 6 - 36|
NMCC (76) -- Brittany Johnson 10, Dallas Campbell 2, Aqwanness Johnson 7, Benesha Childress 22, Whitney Williams 11, Karen McGloson 24. FG 32, FT 10-39, F 20. (3-pointers: Johnson 1, Childress 1. Fouledout: none)
CARUTHERSVILLE (36) -- Daliesha Lee 8, Tamora Fonda 15, Emery Branch 7, Cheyene Collins 2, Jada Connor 2, Teonna Bates 2. FG 13, FT 9-18, F 28. (3-pointers: Branch 1. Fouled out: Courtney Leach)
Thanks to a strong first half, the Woodland Lady Cardinals were able hold on for a 34-32 win against the South Pemiscot Lady Bulldogs.
Taking a 19-11 lead into the break, the Lady Cardinals saw a strong third frame by South Pemiscot cut their lead to three entering the fourth quarter.
Though the Lady Bulldogs were able to outscore Woodland in the final frame, Woodland was able to hit 4 of 12 free throw shots in the quarter, which ended up being just enough to hold on for the win.
|Woodland||7 12 5 10 - 34|
|S. Pemiscot||6 5 10 11 - 32|
WOODLAND (34) -- Josie Long 8, Tess Rainey 2, Kayleighn Lincoln 6, Lindsay Shell 7, Kendra Pinkley 11. FG 14, FT 6-25, F 12. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
SOUTH PEMISCOT (32) -- Carrie Shepard 16, Alisha Campbell 1, Ayana Houston 6, S. Booker 9. FG 13, FT 4-11, F 20. (3-pointers: Shepard 1, Booker 1. Fouled out: K. Robinson, Tia Dunn)
Machela VanGennip's game-high 31 points helped the Delta Lady Bobcats come away with a 65-40 win over the Portageville Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bobcats had a 12-point lead entering the finals frame, where they were able to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 23-10 to seal the win.
Leading Portageville's (3-12) cause was Katelyn Jackson with 10 points while Taylor McCoy's nine points put her second on the team.
|Delta||23 8 11 23 - 65|
|Portageville||10 9 11 10 - 40|
DELTA (65) -- Rachel Bartels 2, Machela VanGennip 31, Macey Parks 2, Tori Burton 12, Samantha Bartels 16, M. Henson 2. FG 23, FT 14-19, F 12. (3-pointers: Samantha Bartels 3, VanGennip 2. Fouled out: none)
PORTAGEVILLE (40) -- Emily Delisle 4, Allyson Walls 2, Jennifer Ifland 4, Taylor McCoy 9, Danielle Morgan 2, Janika McIntyre 2, Katelyn Jackson 10, Brooke Johnson 7. FG 15, FT 10-12, F 14. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
After leaving the first quarter with only a slim one-point lead, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs used the next three frames to pull away for a 74-18 over the Chaffee Lady Devils.
Holding a 8-7 advantage after a close first quarter against the Lady Devils, Sikeston came alive in the second frame, outscoring Chaffee 28-0 to take a 29-point lead into the break.
"We struggled early to score some layups," Schonhoff said. "But the second quarter we finally got into a groove, our press started working really well and we started scoring a lot of points inside."
Still rolling in the third quarter, Sikeston was able to pull ahead by 37 points by the start of the fourth to make up for their slow start.
"The third quarter we were able to take off the press and able to just work some good half court defense," Schonhoff said. "We had a lot of good team play on the half court offensive end. It was really good to see."
SIKESTON (74) -- Tyangela Gibson 18, Keyonna Blissett 8, Darqueshionna Howard 4, Asia Liggins 22, Shataria Flye 6, Aleah Little 2, Annquaneshia Dennis 6, Janai Ivory 8. FG 31, FT 9-12, F 11. (3-pointers: Flye 2, Howard 1. Fouled out: none)
CHAFFEE (18) -- Randi Wiley 10, Adrienne Eichhorn 2, Elizabeth Sexton 2, Miranda Estes 2, Ellie Sigman 2. FG 7, FT 2-3, F 11. (3-pointers: Wiley 2. Fouled out: Sigman)