(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Led by Tyangela Gibson's 24 points on Monday night, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs opened up the Lady Devils Invitational with a 63-44 win over the Chaffee Lady Devils to advance to the semifinals.
"Our pace started to wear them out a little bit," Sikeston coach Matt Schonhoff said. "We adjusted our offense a little to their defense at half time and that helped us out.
"They did some things that gave us problems and we're definitely going to have to work on that tomorrow to be able to win on Wednesday."
With 16 points before the half Gibson helped the Lady Bulldogs charge out to a seven point advantage after the first quarter before going up 33-21 at the break.
Though the Lady Devils came close to matching the Lady Bulldogs in the second half, they weren't able to make up for their 12-point deficit at the half.
"We started getting a little down and tired towards the end," Chaffee coach Darrin Pruitt said. "Sikeston is quick so they put some pressure on us and we started losing control of the ball a little bit."
Behind Gibson, who shot 9 of 20 from the floor with three rebounds and a steal, Keyonna Blissett had 15 points on the night. She shot 6 of 13 with five rebounds and three steals.
As a team Sikeston collected 23 rebounds and 17 steals on the game while shooting 27 of 69 from the field.
"Our girls battled," Schonhoff said. "We got it started off with a good first quarter. We started off hot and we maintained that.
"We had some lulls here and there and we made some stupid fouls and silly turnovers, but a win is a win and we'll take it and move to Wednesday."
For Chaffee, Jordan Pruitt had a team-high 22 points with Ellie Sigman second on the team with 10 points, eight of which came in the second half.
On Wednesday Sikeston will face the Woodland Lady Cardinals at 8 p.m. with the chance to move on to the finals. Also on Wednesday the Lady Devils will play the Kelly Lady hawks at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
CHAFFEE (44) -- Adrienne Eichhorn 4, Jordan Pruitt 22, Taylor Fodge 5, Dakota Pepple 3, Ellie Sigman 10. FG 15, FT 12-26, F 14. (3-pointers: Pruitt 2. Fouled out: none.)
SIKESTON (68) -- Tyangela Gibson 24, Keyonna Blissett 15, Quesha Howard 7, Leah Little 4, Mikala Nichols 2, Taneshia Pulley 5, Jalen Peet 2, Yalanda Johnson 4. FG 27, FT 5-16, F 22. (3-pointers: Gibson 2, Blissett 1, Howard 1. Fouled out: none.)
CHAFFEE -- Holding a 12-point lead at the break, the fifth-seeded Woodland Lady Cardinals were able to hold the fourth-seeded Kelly Lady Hawks to only four third quarter points as they pulled away for a 55-31 win.
"There in the third quarter, especially, we were able to break the press," Woodland coach Gary Poyner said. "We were able to get some wide open looks at the basket, were able to force turnovers and got some run outs. Those things just kind of built."
Trailing by 12 points early in the first frame, Kelly had worked their way back to within seven of the Lady cardinals before a late surge allowed Woodland to take a 26-14 advantage in to the break.
Coming back out in the third, Woodland outscored the Lady Hawks for the third quarter to go up 41-18 entering the fourth. Though they were unable to get back within striking distance, Kelly closed out the game on a 8-2 run in the final three minutes.
"My girls played well," Kelly coach Rod McQuerter said. "I had five freshman out there at one time and I can't say anything but great things about our freshman and sophomore girls and how well they came out here and adjusted to the varsity intensity.
"I'm also proud of my juniors and senior because they're also being patient with our (younger girls). Even though we lost our leading scorer, (Karlie Ashcraft to injury), the girls came in and played hard."
Leading the way for the Lady Hawks, Tessa Johnson had 10 points on the contest while Darbe Backfisch and Bridgette Chandler had seven and five points respectively.
Scoring 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first two quarters, Kendra Pinkley led the Lady Cardinals with Josie Long adding 14 points to Woodland's cause.
WOODLAND (55) -- Kendra Pinkley 22, Josie Long 14, Kathlyn Cooper 6, Keighlyn Lincoln 5, Lindsey Craft 2, Lindsay Shell 6. FG 20, FT 15-27, 17. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (31) -- Samantha Ratledge 1, Tessa Johnson 10, Darbe Backfisch 7, Bridgette Chandler 5, Stephanie Worth 2, Logan Ivie 2, Katie Koonce 4. FG 11, FT 11-18, F 23. (3-pointers: Backfisch 1, Chandler 1.)
CHAFFEE -- After a close first two quarters of play, the second-seeded Scott City Lady Rams broke free for 20 points in the fourth quarter en rout to a 62-37 win over the seventh-seeded Oran Lady Eagles.
"We came out in the first half rough," Scott City coach Ricky Keller said. "We didn't play to our capability and acted like we hadn't played man-to-man defense before in our life. Then in the second half I thought we came out and played our game and played the way we should have played.
"We had nine turnovers in the first quarter, which is uncharacteristic for us, but they came out and played hard in the second half."
Playing with only a five-man roster the Lady Eagles hung close through the first half before entering the break down 30-22 and closing to within five when Chrissy Sauceda opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer.
It wasn't long after, however, that the Lady Rams broke off an 13-point run that included 11 straight points from Katie Hogan with most coming from the paint. By the end of the rally Scott City had built an 45-25 lead with 3:22 left in the frame.
"She's a special player and we knew that going in to the game," Oran coach Jeremy Brinkmeyer said of Hogan. "We talked about finding her, pushing her around and trying to get physical with her. It worked the first half, then the second half she had enough and put us way."
From that point on the Lady Eagles where only able to close back to within 18 points of Scott City as the Lady Rams sealed their trip to the tournament semifinals.
Though he obviously would have preferred a win, Brinkmeyer was pleased to see his team hang with the second seed in the tournament despite sporting an empty bench.
"You can't ask any more from them," Brinkmeyer said. "We only had five and played their hearts out. We were able to hang around with a very good team and I couldn't be more proud. They left it all out on the floor.
"You never like to say they're such thing as a good loss, but this was a good loss. We learned a lot form each other and that we can play with people. If we can just try to somehow get more conditioned or someway to finish a whole game it's going to be a fun year for us."
With four 3-pointers on the night, Sauceda led the lady Eagles scoring 16 points on the night while Addie Kielhofner contributing 10.
For the Lady Rams, Hogan finished the game with 19 points, 10 rebound and four blocks. Freshman Lyndsie Robert was second on the team with 17 points while adding six rebound and six steals to Scott city's cause.
As a team the Lady Rams had 26 rebounds and 12 steals on the contest.
On Thursday Scott City will play the winner of Wednesday's Delta/East Prairie at 7:30 p.m. while Oran plays the loser at 6 p.m.
ORAN (37) -- Anna Jones 2, Addie Kielhofner 10, Allie Cummins 4, Chrissy Sauceda 16, Kaylen Glastetter 4. FG 14, FT 4-12, F 12. (3-pointers: Sauceda 4. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CITY (62) -- Lyndsie Robert 17, Lindsey Rendleman 3, Katie Rhymer 6, Katie Hogan 19, Brittany Kiefer 4, Alicia Kern 9, Natalie Woods 4. FG 26, FT 10-13, F 11. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)