Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Chaffee's Julia Sutterfield

Monday, December 17, 2012
Chaffee's Julia Sutterfield drives against Woodland's Josie Long during the third quarter of the Lady Devils Invitational championship game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Chaffee, Mo. (Fred Lynch)

Julia Sutterfield wasted little time in ending Chaffee's frustrations in its own Lady Red Devils Invitational.

Sutterfield, a freshman shooting guard, played a key role in three victories that gave Chaffee its first title in the 36-year history of the tournament.

Sutterfield totaled 55 points for the sixth-seeded Red Devils, who eventually avenged a season-opening loss to top-seeded Woodland with a 53-43 win in the title game Saturday. Sutterfield scored 19 points in the final, connecting for four of Chaffee's eight 3-pointers.

That came after Sutterfield popped for 27 points against seventh-seeded East Prairie two days earlier. She scored her team's first 14 points of the fourth quarter as the Red Devils nursed a two-point lead at the start of the period to a shot at the title.

"I just got my head in the game," Sutterfield said afterward. "I stepped up because Jordan [Pruitt] is coming off an injury and I was taking her place and got the right mindset."

Sutterfield was 5 of 5 from the field in the fourth quarter and hit both her free throws.

"She's a very good player," Chaffee coach Darrin Pruitt said after the semifinal win. "She's smooth. I have several girls capable of being in double digits, and they step up on different nights so it's kind of fun to watch."

Sutterfield scored nine points in a 59-36 victory over third-seeded Kelly in the first round.

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