No. 4 La Monte 52, No. 5 Otterville 38
Otterville entered halftime with a one-point edge over fourth-seeded La Monte in Saturday’s Kaysinger Conference tournament matchup.
The clamps came down on No. 5 seed Otterville in the third, as the Lady Vikings defense limited them to a pair of field goals. That third quarter 14-4 run gave La Monte a lead they would not relinquish, defeating the Lady Eagles 52-38.
Otterville head coach Mike Scott said his team was outplayed in the second half.
“La Monte is a good team, and they just came out and played much better than we did in the second half,” Scott said. “That’s really what it boiled down to. They just outplayed us, on both sides of the ball.”
Madison Harris led the Lady Vikings with 20 points. Sandra Arroyo scored 12 points with 10 in the first quarter and a pair of free throws in the fourth.
Hannah Benny led Otterville with seven points. Dalanney Stone scored six points, as did Katie Schoen with a pair of threes.
La Monte head coach Donnie Mayes said neutralizing Stone in the post was a point of emphasis on defense.
“Well, we knew that they looked to get the ball into Stone, anywhere inside the mid- to low-post area,” Mayes said. “So the past couple days we worked on a different rotation, defensively. We didn’t do as good of a job in the first half, so we went over it again in the locker room and they came out and did a great job. They adapted well for us.”
Scott said getting the ball to the post had mixed results.
“We had the opportunity to get it inside at times, and when we did, good things happened,” Scott said. “We either didn’t get it in often enough, or, when we did, there were a few times when positive things didn’t happen. I’m happy with the girls. They’re a good bunch, and we’ll recover from this.”
Otterville faces Windsor Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
La Monte advances to the semifinals against top-seeded Tipton. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
No. 3 Smithton 73, No. 6 Otterville 56
Smithton guard Drew Apsher understands the tournament grind.
After a 28-point performance to lead Smithton over Otterville 73-56, Apsher described the fatigue commonly felt after multiple games in consecutive days.
“Well, a lot of times, shooting-wise, you get in a rhythm better,” Apsher said. “But, legs-wise, you’re dead after a few games.”
Otterville head coach Jay Allen, whose team played their third game in as many days Saturday against Smithton, said the tournament fatigue was like a wall that hit the Eagles.
“I told the boys before we came out that we were playing with house money today,” Allen said. “Four varsity games in one week is a lot to ask of a team … Third quarter came around and that wall hits that we see during the summer at shootouts when you play a whole bunch. It just manifested itself tonight.”
The Eagles allowed 14 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second and third, and 23 points in the final quarter.
Smithton head coach Rich Pond acknowledged Otterville’s schedule, but said his Tigers also failed to make easy shots.
“We knew coming in that they were playing their fourth game in five days or something like that,” Pond said. “So we knew they’d wear down. We just had a heck of a time scoring. We had a lot of point-blank layups that we didn’t convert on. If we make those, (the lead) gets bigger earlier.”
Brandon Amos scored 22 points for Smithton. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter.
Jake Neal led Otterville with 26 points, scoring 15 points in the second half on five 3-pointers. Garrett Lynn added 11 points for the Eagles.
Otterville faces Stover 9 p.m. Thursday.
Smithton advances, and is slated to play Lincoln Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Cole Camp 57, No. 6 Lincoln 39
Lincoln and Cole Camp, separated by about 10 miles in Benton County, are familiar with each other.
After finding some success guarding the Eagles with a box-and-one defense in a 51-33 loss last week, Lincoln stuck with the defensive scheme for the tournament game.
Cole Camp responded by spreading the points around in a 57-39 victory. MacKenze Gudde led the Bluebirds with 15 points, followed by Tessia Balke with 12 and Camryn Schear with 10.
Bluebirds head coach Rick Grunden said the sets Cole Camp uses against the box-and-one were performed better than they were last week.
“Last time they came out and played us in a box-and-one, and we weren’t 100 percent ready for it,” Grunden said. “We had stuff in for it, and we didn’t execute against it. They came out again in a box-and-one today, and we were able to execute what we wanted to do against it. We were able to get some good looks out of other people.”
Bailey Heimsoth scored eight points for Cole Camp and Maddi Cook scored six.
Sloan Swearngin led Lincoln with 15 points. Paige Bybee added eight.
On top of Cole Camp working around the Lady Cardinal defensive scheme, Lincoln struggled to score. They were held scoreless in the second quarter.
Lincoln head coach Cassy Nicolay said points were hard to come by.
“You can’t have a quarter where you don’t score,” Nicolay said. “But, that’s what happened. They didn’t give up, so I’m proud of that.”
Lincoln is scheduled to play Sacred-Heart Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Cole Camp advances to the semifinals against Stover Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
MORE SATURDAY SCORES
No. 1 Sacred-Heart 55, No. 9 Tipton 45
No. 4 Cole Camp 73, No. 5 Windsor 53
No. 2 Lincoln 73, No. 7 Stover 27
No. 1 Tipton 45, No. 8 Windsor 21
No. 2 Stover, No. 7 Sacred Heart
La Monte vs. Northwest 7:30 p.m.
Northwest vs. Green Ridge 6 p.m.
Windsor vs. Otterville 4:30 p.m.
Tipton vs. La Monte 6 p.m.
Cole Camp vs. Stover 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln vs. Sacred Heart 9 p.m.
Tipton vs. Windsor 4:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart vs. Cole Camp 6 p.m.
Smithton vs. Lincoln 7:30 p.m.
Otterville vs. Stover 9 p.m.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2