Looking back at recent history, the Boonville Lady Pirates had the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers right where they wanted them Saturday night – at the free throw line with the game on the line.
The Lady Tigers have shot less than 60 percent from the line each of the past three seasons. However, Lady Tiger senior Elena Sharp made three of four from the stripe in the final minute to lift the Lady Tigers to a 37-34 win over Boonville on the second day of the W-K Holiday Shootout at State Fair Community College.
“I wanted the ball in Elena’s hands, she’s a senior,” sad new S-C head girls basketball Coach Zach Vandevender. “I knew she would make them. In fact, I know all of our seniors can make free throw.”
As a team, the Lady Tigers made just six of 11 free throws, while the Lady Pirates were just 2-of-6 from the charity stripe.
S-C improved to 4-3 on the season and won their second straight. Boonville fell to 4-5 on the year.
With the score tied at 34-34 and less than a minute showing on the clock, Vandevender called time and S-C got the ball into Sharp’s hands and she was practically tackled by a host of Lady Pirates. Sharp missed the first free throw but made the second to put the Lady Tigers up to stay 35-34.
With just a few seconds showing, Sharp was fouled again and this time she made both ends of the two-shot situation and the Lady Tigers had knocked off their long-standing rival in the W-K Shootout.
Trailing 30-24 after three quarters, it was Lady Tiger senior guard Jac Greer who put her team on her shoulders to lead them back to tie the game at 34-34. Greer scores six straight points, Abby Knight hit a jumper from the left wing and Greer slithered her way down the baseline for a bucket that tied the game at 34-34.
Greer had eight of the Lady Tigers’ 10 points in that run and finished the game with a team-high 11 points.
Pressing, trapping and double teaming the ball, the Lady Tigers set a fast temp right off the bat in the first quarter. Megan Lollis scored six of her eight points in the first quarter on three layups off of Boonville turnovers. Sharp canned a three pointer from the left corner on S-C’s first possession of the game and S-C led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.
“Yea, we like to get started early and get on top,” said Vandevender. “That’s our game plan.”
However, Boonville switched to a man-to-man defense and S-C began to get into early foul trouble. Boonville came rallying back to take a 20-19 lead at the half and 32-24 after three quarters.
It came down to who could make free throws. S-C made just enough to win.
Greer led S-C with 11. Lollis added eight and Sharp seven.
Aly Wessing led Boonville with 11 and Addison Reardon added 10.
Smith-Cotton 61, Marshall 58
Smith-Cotton lit it up from downtown sinking nine shots from behind the 3-point line to edge Marshall.
S-C, 3-4, led 15-9 after the first quarter 32-24 at the half when they sank five treys. The Tigers led by as many as nine in the third quarter before Marsha took advantage of turnovers to rally within one point in the fourth. The Owls led one time by four points early in the game.
Dalton Christian led S-C with 13 points and one trey. Spencer Ruckman made two treys and finished with 12 points. Gerald Olinger had two treys and nine points.
S-C made eight of 10 free throws.
Sacred Heart 60, Santa Fe 34
The Gremlins remained unbeaten at 7-0 with the rout of the Chiefs.
Ten Gremlins scored as Coach Steve Goodwin was able to use his reserves early and often.
Sacred Heart led 17-7 after one quarter, 36-15 at the half and 45-23 after three quarters. Malik Hackett, Riley Simmons and Clint Spangler each scored eight to lead the Gremlins.
Bunceton 46, Sacred Heart 29
The Northwest girls tourney champion Bunceton out-rebounded the Lady Gremlins to remain undefeated.
Katelyn Sunnarborg led Sacred Heart with 10.
Slater 55, Smithton 26
The Lady Wildcats led 21-8 after the first quarter and 48-19 at the half and cruised from there,
Kaley Snap led Smithton with nine points.
Slater 67, Smithton 62
In a well-played game, Dane Apsher led Smithton with 19 points.
Apsher was held under his 24 points per game average.
Slater led 14-12 after the first quarter, 26-18 at the half and 45-35 after three quarters.
Skyline 62, Windsor 36
Skyline 71, Windsor 52