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Lady Rams down Charleston 71-59

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Scott City's Alicia Kern (left) tries to fight past Charleston's Kasuela Cooper (center) as Cooper's teammate Makayla Thompson (right) protects the ball during the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Scott City High School. Brent Shipman, Staff
SCOTT CITY -- Making their third straight trip to the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament finals, Scott City held off a third quarter surge by Charleston on Wednesday for a 71-59 semifinals win.

"I was getting a little worried because in third quarters we usually kind of fold or let down," Lady Rams head coach Ricky Keller said. "But we weathered the storm and then came back and went up 20 instantly right there at the beginning of the fourth. I was feeling good about it after then."

In outscoring the Lady Bluejays 22-9 in the second quarter, Scott City was able to take a comfortable 15-point lead into the break.

With that lead still intact late in the third frame, however, the Lady Rams watched Charleston reel off seven straight points in under a minute to close to within eight with 1:05 left in the quarter.

Retaking momentum, Scott City got a pair of three pointers from Katie Rhymer and Alicia Kern in the final minute of the third before pushing ahead by 20 midway through the final frame thanks to a big run by Katie Hogan.

After Kern scored the Lady Rams' first point of the quarter, Hogan went on to score eight straight before a pair of free throws from Lyndsie Robert gave Scott City a 64-44 advantage with 4:17 to play.

Though the Lady Bluejays ended the game on a 13-4 run, Scott City was easily able to hold on for the win.

"We're down by as many as 22 late in the fourth quarter and we cut it to 13," Charleston head coach Josh Thompson said. "I know we still lost, and I hate losing, but we didn't quit."

In leading the Rams, Hogan had another stellar night on both ends of the court, finishing with a game-high 24 points, 11 rebounds, eight blocks and a pair of steals.

Keller credits the recent return of Andrea Gray to the Lady Rams lineup in opening things for Hogan and the rest the team's shooters.

"My big player stepped up big," Keller said of Hogan. "She played well and it helps having Gray back. She's another shooter who can step in to that role.

"We've missed her for the first 10 games of the season and this is her second game back. She gives us another threat where they can't double team Hogan all the time."

Katie Rhymer added 16 points, three rebounds and two assists while Brittany Kiefer had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Finishing the night with six points, Gray had a team-high eight assists while drawing three charges.

For Charleston, E'Neikqua Ewing had 19 points on 6 of 16 shooting to go along with six rebounds and five steals. Shooting 6 of 17, Dazique Gillespie had 15 points on the night while grabbing six rebounds and three steals.

Typically one of Charleston's top two scorers, Kasuela Cooper was held to 12 points on 4 of 6 shots from the field.

"She went more to the point forward mode tonight and was really the facilitator," Thompson said of Cooper. "She got the ball at the high post, if she didn't have it she didn't really force anything. She saw Ewing go down the lane a lot and looked really good."

With the win, Scott City and Delta will square of for the tournament championship for third straight year. The current defending champion Lady Rams took the title from the Lady Bobcats in last year's finals with a 44-32 win.

In their lone matchup earlier this season, Delta bested Scott City 44-38 in the Lady Devil Classic semifinals.

"They're very well prepared," Keller said of Delta. "(Lady Bobcats' head coach Randall White) always had them ready. I want another shot at them after what happened over at Chaffee.

"Our girls have been wanting it for months. (White) knows everything we do and it's going to be a tough battle."

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SCOTT CITY (71) -- Lyndsie Robert 6, Katie Rhymer 16, Katie Hogan 24, Brittany Keifer 10, Alexis Spriggs 1, Alicia Kern 8, Andrea Grey 6. FG 24, FT 14-22, F 22. (3-pointers: Robert 1, Rhymer 2, Hogan 3, Kern 1, Gray 2. Fouled out: none.)

CHARLESTON (59) -- Makayla Thompson 2, Sierra Frazier 2, Juwanna Walker 2, Kasuela Cooper 12, E'Neikqua Cooper 19, Dazique Gillespie 15, Jameshia Hamilton 6. FG 20, FT 16-26, F 19. (3-pointers: Gillespie 2. Fouled out: Frazier.)