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Scott City girls upset top seed

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Scott City, the No. 5 seed, took down top-seeded Kelly 52-37 in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 1 girls basketball tournament Tuesday.

The Rams (11-13) advanced to face Charleston, the No. 3 seed, in Friday's championship game.

"It was a huge win for us," Scott City coach Kerry Thompson said.

Stephanie Essner led Scott City with 22 points, four assists and four rebounds. Katie Hogan added 12 points and nine rebounds in the win.

"They're starting to learn what we want," Thompson said of his team. "We're playing with more confidence. Everyone's starting to understand their roles."

Debra Hall led the Hawks with 23 points.

@z_agate_HSbasketball_linescore:Scott City1191517--52

Kelly48813--37

@z_agate_no tab_no indnt_bld ld:SCOTT CITY (52) -- Stacey Heisserer 4, Stephanie Essner 22, Holli Shemonia 8, Katie Hogan 12, Ashley Brant 4. FG 17, FT 13-18, F 16. (3-pointers: Essner 3. Fouled out: None)

KELLY (37) -- Katee Moore 4, Lana Whitworth 2, Tara Johnson 2, Kristen Powell 6, Debra Hall 23. FG 16, FT 5-13, F 20. (3-pointers: None. Fouled out: Ellen Ashcraft)

Class 2 District 5

St. Vincent advanced to the semifinal round with a 55-30 victory over Wellston.

Courtney Besand and Amanda Wengert led the Indians (11-14) with 12 points apiece.

St. Vincent pulled away by outscoring Wellston 40-14 combined in the second and third quarters.

The Indians will face O'Fallon Christian in the semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. at Crossroads College Prep.

@z_agate_HSbasketball_linescore:Wellston56811--30

St. Vincent1219213--55

@z_agate_no tab_no indnt_bld ld:WELLSTON (30) -- Jayla Nathan 2, Michelle Payne 4, Charelle Landers 4, Tampa Buck 1, Iesha Collins 17, Kayla Joyner 2. FG 13, FT 3-11, F 19. (3-pointers: Buck 1. Fouled out: None)

ST. VINCENT (55) -- Chelsie Boxdorfer 2, Courtney Besand 12, Lindsey Wehmeyer 11, Amanda Wengert 12, Kali Wingerter 2, Valerie Finger 4, Briana Burroughs 2, Alyse Wheeler 3, Courtney Heberlie 4, Kelci Besand 1. FG 22, FT 10-17, F 9. (3-pointers: Wheeler 1. Fouled out: None)

BOYS BASKETBALL Class 1 District 3

Scott County Central trailed Richland after the first quarter, but that deficit didn't last long.

The Braves roared ahead in the second quarter and coasted from there, posting the 90-52 victory.

Scott County trailed 23-19 after one quarter before outscoring Richland 37-6 in the second quarter.

The Braves closed out the first half on a 25-0 run before cruising to a 38-point win. Drew Thomas led the Braves with 28 points.

"I just felt we needed to find our little touch around the rim a little bit and that's what we focused on in that second quarter," Thomas said. "What they did was I think they ran up and done with us a little bit. I thought we just wanted it more.

"We just put the ball in the hole. We made good shots and everything [in the the first], we just weren't putting the ball in the hole that first quarter. The second quarter we found our touch."

Bobby Hatchett added 22 points in the win.

@z_agate_HSbasketball_linescore:Richland236167--52

SCC1937259--90

@z_agate_no tab_no indnt_bld ld:RICHLAND (52) -- Jesse Brown 6, Andrew Thornton 7, Ryan Kleffer 19, McKinley Thornton 8, Jonathan McGarity 10, Dylan DeJournett 2. FG 22, FT 4-8, F 20. (3-pointers: Kleffer 4. Fouled out: None)

SCOTT COUNTY CENTRAL (90) -- Alan Timmons 2, Bobby Hatchett 22, Nicholas Johnson 10, Desmin Williams 9, Drew Thomas 28, Randy Timmons 13, Chris Blissett 6. FG 39, FT 6-12, F 12. (3-pointers: Hatchett 1, Thomas 2, R. Timmons 1, Blissett 2. Fouled out: None)

-- From staff reports


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no comment about Hall's double technical that almost ousted her from the Kelly-Scott City game?

-- Posted by sccynic on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 7:42 AM

correction- my bad, not double technical just technical

-- Posted by sccynic on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 8:17 AM

While I agree she shouldn't have done what she done, maybe it wouldn't have happened if the refs would have called your little girl for all the pushing and elbows. Good luck to your team!

-- Posted by highschoolsoftballfan on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 9:09 AM

scottcountymom, you have no friggin' idea what your talking about! Pushing and elbows...? D. Hall was elbowing #33 for SC all night long and telling her "How you like that? I'll bet that hurts your torn rib muscles, don't it?"

And another girl was telling her she was going to "punch her in the ribs and put her out of the game!"

I don't know what you call it, gamesmanship or what, but where I come from it's called playing dirty!

Scott City's girls were told of Hall's injured foot. They could have resorted to kicking her and stepping on her foot and trying to put her out of the contest, but they played the right way, CLEAN!

They also played with a stifling defense that didn't allow the Lady Hawks any room to run their inside game, which is all Kelly had with the absence of the guard that tore her ACL.

If you don't think SC's defense was not effective, just look at the FG % Kelly had!

Way to go Scott City, your peaking at the right time!

-- Posted by sccynic on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 9:45 AM

While I will agree the refs are way too laid back on calling fouls, there is no need to make these kind of comments. Is it totally impossible for anyone to be happy for another school? Regardless if SC won or not, when it comes down to it, I want to see a Southeast Missouri school in the final four. Come on people, these kids are not getting money for playing. Be happy for whoever wins, because acting like this only upsets the players. GROW UP!! By the way, good luck Scott City on your game Friday. Give it your best! Sorry Kelly, you team was very impressive.

-- Posted by always4thekids on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:02 AM

All I can say is WOW!!! I didn't mean to touch a nerve there. lol....I re-read what I wrote, and I didn't think i was being a jerk or anything, I even wished Scott City luck, because I too would love to see a Southeast Missouri team in the Final Four. My sincerest apologies to whomever I may have offended, and once again.....Good Luck Lady Rams!

-- Posted by highschoolsoftballfan on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:28 AM

Way to go Grasshooper and The Kid..nice job and good luck on Friday. So proud of you ladies....Go Lady Rams!!!

-- Posted by janaj100 on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:31 AM

Congrats to the Lady Rams for a well played game and coming out victorious! I knew you could do it and was waiting for a neutral, fair officiated game between these two teams. Good luck Rams in the final and I hope Charleston the best of luck too IF they can play a clean game of basketball.

-- Posted by freefaller on Thu, Mar 5, 2009, at 1:41 PM

Are you trying to say that Kelly couldnt beat Scott City this year without help from the refs? You cant be serious. I thought sccynic's post were stupid but we have a new winner. WOW!!!

-- Posted by trout on Thu, Mar 5, 2009, at 6:06 PM

Congrats to both Charleston and Scott City for making it to the Championship game!!! That is a Very big accomplishment and both teams should be very proud. I watched the Kelly and Scott city game and I thought both teams played well. I am also a very good fan of all of the hawks athletics and I try to attend most of their games. To those seniors for the lady hawks,you had an amazing basketball season, be proud of your accomplishments and do not hang your heads. Scott city has improved and they played a good game.

I have heard that some of the players on Kelly and Scott City are injured. Best of luck and I hope you have a speedy recovery! And to the Hawks... lets just say its hard to fly with a broken wing!

Scott city, best of luck for the rest of your season!

-- Posted by BaSKetBAl on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 12:24 PM


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