(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Missed free throws came back to haunt the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday as they tried to stay alive in the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament.
Matched up against Oran in the consolation bracket semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs fought back from a late double-digit deficit to make it a one score game.
After a night where they shot only 6 of 20 from the line, however, Sikeston's attempt at a comeback fell just short in a 47-45 loss.
"We got some steals and deflections and had the opportunities to go to the free throw line," Lady Bulldogs head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "But when you miss 14 for the game and 11 in the fourth quarter and it ends up being a two-point basketball game, that's what sealed it."
Sikeston was within five points of the Lady Eagles, at 40-35, with five minutes to play before Oran pushed ahead by 11 with a 7-1 run in the next two minutes.
Oran still led by 10 with 2:08 to play before a put-back by Erica Peet kicked off one last rally by the Lady Bulldogs.
Peet and Yolanda Johnson added a basket each in just over a minute to cut Oran's lead to four with 48 seconds remaining.
And that's where it stayed until the final nine seconds. That's when Peet put in a layup off a Lady Eagle turnover, leaving her team down by two and needing to strip Oran of its last possession.
The Lady Eagles were able to inbound and burn precious seconds off the clock as the Lady Bulldogs were unable to foul.
With just 0.9 seconds left on the clock Sikeston's defense forced a turnover out of bounds right in front of their bench. With no room for error, the Lady Bulldogs called a timeout to set up one final play.
A successful inbounds pass followed, but before Sikeston's ball handler could get her shot off time expired.
"We got a nice lead there for a time, about 10 points with a couple minutes to go," Oran head coach Ethan Evans said. "Then Addie (Kielhofner) fouled out and that takes one of our scorers away.
"That hurt us a little bit. She's one of our top ball handlers and one of our better scorers."
On his team's unsuccessful effort to run out the final nine seconds on the clock, Evans added, "I told them that's a good idea, dribbling and trying to run out the clock. But maybe next time we just stand there and let them foul us. Then they have to go all the way down the court and try to get a shot off."
Making matters worse for the Lady Bulldogs, as they fall to 0-4 on the season, is the missed opportunities they had at the free throw line.
In a contest decided by only two points the Bulldogs shot 30 percent from the charity stripe, going 2 of 13 in the fourth quarter alone.
In the final 3:38 of the game as Sikeston tried to mount its comeback, the Lady Bulldogs missed on nine of their final 10 free throw attempts.
With his defense giving the team so many opportunities off turnovers late, Schonhoff was disappointed they weren't able to take more of an advantage.
"Tyra (Bonner) and Erica (Peet) created a lot of havoc on top of the press and they did a great job of getting some deflections and some steals," he said. "Some of those turned into points, but others turned into trips to the free throw line and we weren't able to capitalize on that."
On top of her defensive effort, Peet led Sikeston with a game-high 23 points, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter.
"She started to gain control with the post-play underneath," Schonhoff said of Peet. "They had a hard time defending her. She became very active on the offensive end, especially on the boards getting some put-backs."
Michala Nichols and Yolanda Johnson had eight and seven points for the Lady Bulldogs respectively.
For the Lady Eagles, Addie Kielhofner had a team-high 15 points before fouling out with 3:49 left in the fourth. Taylor Nenninger was close behind with 13 points and Chrissy Sauceda had 11 while hitting all three of her team's 3 -pointers.
Oran (1-1) will advance to play the winner of tonight's Kelly/Delta game in the consolation finals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
ORAN (47) -- Addie Kielhofner 15, Ashlyn McIntosh 1, Taylor Nenninger, 13, Allison Cummins 7, Chrissy Sauceda 11. FG 19, FT 6-12, F 19. (3-pointers: Sauceda 3. Fouled out: Kielhofner.)
SIKESTON (45) -- Hayli Chapman 2, Aleah Little 2, Michala Nichols 8, Erica Peet 23, Trenice Greer 3, Yolanda Johnson 7. FG 19, FT 6-20, F 16. (3-pointers: Nichols 1. Fouled out: none.)
Chaffee 59, Kelly 36
Led by a 22-point effort from senior Ellie Sigman, sixth-seeded Chaffee upset third-seeded Kelly 59-36 on Wednesday in the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament quarterfinals.
The Lady Devils jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter of play and by halftime had acquired a 17-point lead.
Kelly was never able to close the gap and trailed by as many as 22-points late in the fourth.
Behind Sigman was Adrienne Eichhorn with 11 points for Chaffee.
Samantha Ratledge led the Lady Hawks with nine points. Kristi Brucker added six to her team's cause.
The Lady Devils move on to play East Prairie in the tournament semifinals tonight at 7:30 p.m. Kelly will face Oran in the consolation semifinals tonight at 6 p.m.
CHAFFEE (59) -- Ellie Sigman 22, Adrienne Eichhorn 11, Liz Sexton 4, Julia Sutterfield 9, Lindsey Koch 2, Hannah Seyer 4, Lindsey Harrell 7. FG 22, FT 13-25, F 11. (3-pointers: Eichhorn 2. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (36) -- Morgan LeDure 1, Tessa Johnson 4, Stephanie Worth 4, Sam Ratledge 9, Kristi Brucker 6, Tori Duenne 4, Payton Jones 4, Katie Koonce 2, Logan Ivie 2. FG 16, FT 4-13, F 24. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
Scott City 29
In the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament semifinals, the Woodland Lady Cardinals defeated Scott City 41-29.
Woodland jumped out to a 14-5 lead to start the second quarter before leading 20-12 going into the half.
Scott City closed its deficit to six to start the fourth, but the Lady Cardinals outscored them 17-11 in the final frame to seal the win.
Josie Long's 27 points for Woodland were easily a game-high while Alicia Kern led the Lady Rams with 10.
With the win, Woodland moves on to face the winner of the Chaffee/East Prairie semifinal game in the title game Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Scott City will play in the tournament's third place game Saturday at 3 p.m.
SCOTT CITY (29) -- Shea Martin 4, Lindsey Rendleman 2, Natalie Woods 6, Alicia Kern 10, Abbie Mcalister 6, Tara Tetly 1. FG 8, FT 13-24, F 20. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Kern.)
WOODLAND (41) -- Josie Long 27, Kat Cooper 6, Whitney Lincoln 2, Keighlyn Lincoln 5, Lindsay Shell 1. FG 15, FT 10-19, F 21. (3-pointers: Lincoln 1. Fouled out: Shell.)