Portageville, Kelly advance in Lady Royals Christmas Classic

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Portageville's Courtney Chamberlain (left) and Brittney Walker collide with a Neelyville player while chasing a loose ball Tuesday night at the Lady Royals Christmas Classic. Portageville won 62-50. (Josh Mills/Standard Democrat)

By Josh Mills ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com

BROSELEY -- The Lady Royals Christmas Classic continued play on Tuesday night, as Dexter, Naylor, Kelly and Portageville all notched victories.

In the third game of action, the Kelly Lady Hawks took down the Clearwater Lady Tigers by a score of 49-34.

"This is one of the best tournaments in Southeast Missouri," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said. "We had a great game tonight. I'm so proud of our girls because they're enjoying themselves out there."

McQuerter added that his team now gets to play in the final four of the tournament, and that they'll have to be prepared for Naylor, adding that Naylor has one of the best programs in the area.

Kelly held the lead for all four quarters, holding off a late push from Clearwater and the Lady Tigers' stand-out guard Adriann D'Amico.

D'Amico had 18 points in the losing effort.

On the Lady Hawks end of the court, Debra Hall had a big game, scoring 21 points, going 3-for-4 at the line.

Londyn Backfisch had 14 points for Kelly, and Kayla Cissell was perfect at the line, 4-for-4, and had 10 points.

Up next for the Lady Hawks (6-1) is Naylor in the semi-finals. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

Portageville 62, Neelyville 50

In the night-cap, the Portageville Lady Bulldogs (12-0) defeated the Neelyville Lady Tigers 62-50.

Portageville head coach Eric Ellerbrook was pleased with his team's performance in the game, and said that he is proud of the win.

"That was a fast-paced game," Ellerbrook said. "It was up and down the floor. I thought our girls at times threw up some silly shots, and at (other) times we kept our composure."

"Overall, we played some pretty good defense," he added. "We put some pressure on their guards, and caused a few turnovers. We were able to capitalize on the mistakes."

Portageville's Jeleea Drake and Courtney Chamberlain had 16 points apiece to lead the Lady Bulldogs in scoring. Both girls were perfect at the free-throw line.

Two other Portageville players were in double figures in the win, Brittney Walker with 13 points, and Kellye Penn, who had 12.

Neelyville was led by Chelsey Maupin, who scored half of the Lady Tigers' points, with 25.

Libby Parish added 10, going 5-for-6 at the line.

Portageville advances to play Dexter on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

"From game to game, I just want our girls to get better," Ellerbrook said. "More than anything, if Dexter comes out and hustles like they usually do, and we come out and hustle, then it should be a pretty good game."

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