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Lady Eagles Take Third At North Shelby Tourney
By David Sharp
Knox County got out of the gate with a 9-2 run and closed with another 6-2 spurt, claiming the girls’ third place game of the 21st Annual North Shelby Tournament by a final score of 37-31 over top seeded Schuyler County.
The Lady Eagles held their third seeding with solid first half shooting and second half defense and rebounding.
Both sides limited possessions to one shot opportunities and played good half court defense early in the game. The Lady Eagles scored from the outside, shooting 53% from the field in the first half.
Tessa Ramer nailed a first quarter three pointer helping jump start the KCHS offense. Amanda Woods sank a field goal for a 9-2 Knox County (7-7) lead with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter.
Schuyler County (9-5) fought back with three of the four free throws they would sink on the night. Knox County led 9-5 entering period two. Lesa Ford sank a Lady Ram home run ball with ten seconds to play in the first half; halving a six point KCHS lead.
Lorrie Peters made a momentum changing play, scoring with two seconds to play in the second quarter for a 19-14 halftime lead. Knox County came ready to play, and held a 6-1 first half steal edge. The Lady Eagles pulled down six more first half rebounds than their opponent in the first half.
Knox County held a 34-29 game rebound edge, 12-9 on the offensive glass. The Lady Rams closed within a 26-23 deficit after three periods. Knox County did a lot of things right but could not get shots to fall.
Both sides had their share of turnovers throughout the contest. Schuyler County converted a pair of KCHS turnovers into field goals and pulled within a 29-27 margin with five minutes to play in the game.
Knox County executed their delay game weave very well and took a minute off the clock around the four minute mark. Lorrie Peters’ put back gave Knox County a 31-27 edge with 4:49 to play in the game.
Stephanie March fed Kourtney Nelson for a Schuyler County hoop and a 31-29 KC lead with 2:46 remaining in the contest. Tessa Ramer sank a pair of key free throws for a 33-29 margin 15 seconds later.
Both sides took turns missing free throws down the stretch. Knox County went back to their successful delay game and worked to the one minute mark. Katie Ausmus sank a Knox County free throw for a 34-29 lead with 53.9 seconds to play in the game.
Schuyler County missed several inside shots late in the game. The Lady Rams had around four empty possessions down the stretch.
Stacey Leckbee sank a free throw for a 35-29 lead with 37.9 ticks on the clock. Schuyler County executed a nice play for a bucket at the 27 second mark, trimming the KCHS lead to 35-31. Katie Ausmus and Tessa Ramer sank free throws in the last 24 seconds, preserving the 37-31 win.
Most game stats were as close as the final score. Both sides attempted 30 field goals. Knox County sank 12 balls for 43% and the Lady Rams had 12 field goals for 40%.
Schuyler County turned the ball over 22 times to Knox County’s 19. The Lady Eagles held a 15-5 advantage in total steals. The Lady Rams were 4-8 at the free throw line for 50%. Knox County harmed their chances for victory with an 8-20 (40%) night at the charity stripe.
“Knox (County) came over here and physically took it at us,” said Schuyler County coach Steve Stock. “It was a very well officiated game. The officials did a good job of controlling the game.”
“When you get in a physical match, you fight back and we didn’t tonight,” said Coach Stock. “They taught us a lesson. They just came over here and beat us today.”
Stephanie March led the Lady Rams with ten points. Kourtney Nelson scored seven points and led Schuyler County with ten rebounds. Knox County held standout guard Kaitlin Stump to seven points.
Knox County won without a player scoring in double figures. Five Lady Eagles scored about the same number of points providing good balance. Tessa Ramer led the way with nine points and six rebounds.
Katie Ausmus scored eight points with four steals. Lorrie Peters scored seven points along with a game high11 rebounds. Stacey Leckbee scored five points, along with three assists and four steals. Both sides recorded nine team assists. Becca Mallett added one KCHS point.
“We played 32 minutes with a lot of heart, intensity and effort,” said Lady Eagle coach John Weaver. “Stacey Leckbee did a great job on Kaitlin Stump. She had seven points and nine turnovers. If I could pick one thing out that was the difference. Stacey wasn’t the only one, but she had a great individual effort.”
“We have got to start knocking more of our free throws down,” said Weaver. “If we don’t we will lose more than we win. Luckily our defense and rebounding was able to carry us through today.”