Greenville places fifth in Lady Royals classic

Sunday, December 23, 2007

By BRAD HURT ~ DAR Sports Writer

BROSELEY -- Sara Woodgeard scored 23 points, nearly half of her team's total Friday night, as Greenville put away host Twin Rivers 48-32 in the fifth-place game of the Lady Royals Classic.

The Lady Royals held their opponents in check in the first quarter, but Greenville's offense warmed up as the game went along and gradually stretched the margin between the teams.

"We were forcing them into some bad shots," Twin Rivers coach Jeff Walk said of his team's early success.

The Lady Bears doubled up the Lady Royals in the third quarter, coming out of the halftime break with good penetration and open looks at the basket.

The Lady Royals struggled on their offensive end of the floor, failing to put the ball through the net. While their shots refused to fall, they managed to improve another area of their offense, committing only eight turnovers in the game.

"We did good things at times," Walk said. "We just shied away from them too much."

Walk's team suffered from a lack of offensive production in large part due to Greenville's defensive scheme.

"We fronted the low post and blocked out," Greenville coach Diane Meyer said of her team's defensive strategy against the Lady Royals' Carlee Vancil, who did not score in the game.

Kaylee Blue led the Lady Royals in scoring with 13 points, the only Lady Royal to finish in double figure scoring.

Both teams got their share of chances at the line in a physical game that featured 34 fouls and 47 free throw attempts.

The Lady Bears took advantage of their opportunities by making 20-of-26 attempts, led by Woodgeard's 11-of-12. As in the quarterfinal game against Naylor, Woodgeard's only miss came in the game's final minute.

Tara Porter made 4-of-7 free throws in the game.

"Tara and Sara are always good at drawing fouls," Meyer said.

Overall, Meyer said she was pleased with the way her team performed as a unit.

"There wasn't a player who didn't contribute," she said.

Doniphan 62, New Madrid 43

The Donettes took home the consolation championship Friday by dominating the Lady Eagles in the first half and withstanding a third-quarter rally.

The Donettes scored the game's first seven points as New Madrid turned the ball over on each of its first three possessions. The Doniphan offense struggled in half-court situations in the first half but took advantage of its superior speed and quickness to score a majority of its points in transition.

"The kids really wanted it," Doniphan coach Jimbo Blackwell said of the title.

The Donettes harrassed the Lady Eagles into 21 first-half turnovers, greatly helping their transition game.

"Their press hurt us more than anything," New Madrid coach David Crockett said.

Crockett said that whenever his team runs into difficulty on the court, it usually gets worse before it gets better.

"Anytime we have had adversity this season, we've had problems recovering," he said.

His team did find a bright spot in beginning the second half with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to single digits for a brief time.

"We talked about that," Blackwell said. "We didn't match their intensity coming out of halftime."

Chelsea Swindle led Doniphan with 16 points while Jaysa Blackwell scored 12.

"Blackwell was phenomenal," Crockett said. "We stopped her last time, but she hurt us tonight."

"Jaysa's role is a bit different than it was last year, but she gave a gutty performance," coach Blackwell said.

Portageville 58, Kelly 40

Talisa Walker scored 19 and Kellye Penn added 17 as the Lady Bulldogs took third.

Debra Hall scored 16 points to lead Kelly, which trailed 15-10 after one quarter and by 10 at halftime.

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