(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- Taking advantage of a young Kelly squad that couldn't hit from the field, the Scott City Lady Rams bested the visiting Lady Hawks 59-30 on Monday night at Scott City High School.
Led in scoring by Alicia Kern's 12 points, Scott City held Kelly's freshman and sophomore dominated roster to an 18 percent shooting average (11 of 61).
"You've got to expect that with a young team," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said. "In every game, experience is going to get us."
The Lady Rams used stellar defensive pressure up top forcing Kelly to take it off the dribble and out of their offense. Waiting for them around the rim was Scott City's Katie Hogan.
"I think we funneled them in real well right into Hogan, who is a phenomenal shot blocker," Scott City head coach Ricky Keller said. "The outside pressure caused a few turnovers early and even our zone had them under wraps."
The Lady Hawks couldn't quite make it beyond the reach of the 6-2 Hogan, who finished with six blocks.
"I don't think freshman understand, you can't shoot over something like that," McQuerter said. "But, they learned. Sometimes you have to learn in the fire."
Keeping it as close as they could in the first quarter, Kelly fell behind by just three points after the first eight minutes were played, 15-12.
Scott City never trailed and continued building a sizable lead in the second quarter mostly by holding Kelly to just two points.
"We've been stressing all year to play four quarters," Keller said. "I told them right before the second quarter that we needed to up the intensity and they did. It seemed like a whole new intensity in that second quarter."
The Lady Rams held a 30-14 advantage at the half. Their lead crept to 46-18 at the end of three quarters putting the game well in hand in favor of Scott City.
Scott City (7-7) shot 36 percent in the first half but dropped to 30 percent (16 of 53) at the games end. They didn't fair too much better at the free throw line where they were 18 of 44 (40 percent).
"(Kelly) guards wide so we didn't have our normal shots," Keller said. "I know our free throws were terrible, but we kept attacking the basket. When things aren't going well I just keep telling them to take it to the rack. I feel we did that pretty well."
The Lady Rams had every player on their roster score at least one point as Andrea Gray added 10 points on three 3-pointers and Lyndsey Robert chipped in nine points.
Leading Kelly was Bridgett Chandler and Payton Jones who each scored six points.
KELLY (30) -- Sam Ratledge 2, Tessa Johnson 4, Darbe Backfisch 2, Bridgett Chandler 6, Stephanie Worth 1, Karlie Ashcraft 2, Logan Ivie 4, Payton Jones 6, Jessica Worth 3. FG 11 FT 8-16 F 28 (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Johnson, Jones.)
SCOTT CITY (59) -- Lyndsie Robert 9, Jessica Boswell 4, Lindsey Rendleman 1, Katie Rhymer 8, Katie Hogan 6, Brittany Kiefer 3, Alexis Spriggs 2, Andrea Gray 10, Alicia Kern 12, Tana Tetley 2, Macy Hall 2. FG 16 FT 18-44 F 15 (3-pointers: Robert 1, Rhymer 1, Hogan 2, Gray 3. Fouled out: none.)