C3D1 girls basketball semifinal: Kelly outlasts Kennett 61-59 in overtime
CHARLESTON, Mo. - The No. 3 seeded Kelly Hawks rallied from a 42-38 deficit at the end of the third quarter to force overtime and found a way to edge the No. 2 seeded Kennett Indians 61-59 in the extra session in a Class 3, District 1 semifinal Wednesday night at Charleston High School.
“We’ve got really good girls that work hard,” Kelly coach Darrin Pruitt said. “They found openings and capitalized on their opportunities late.”
Kennett finished a friendly bounce shy of securing an overtime victory against the Kelly.
Kennett’s Camille Thomas had a go-ahead 15-foot jumper rim out with a few seconds remaining in overtime. After the miss, a jump ball was called as both teams players went after the ball in the paint. The possession arrow favored Kelly and the Hawks got the ball with three seconds left.
Kelly’s Alaney Moore was fouled two seconds later. Moore made one of two free throws on the other end and Kennett failed to get a shot off after, allowing Kelly to escape with a 61-59 overtime win.
“We got a good look on our last possession,” Kennett coach Kevin McCaig said. “But one shot doesn’t make or break a game. We missed too many shots and every time we missed a shot they went down and got a layup or a 3-pointer. Four-point and five-point swings in a two-point game will get you beat every time.”
Kennett barely made it to overtime. Kelly scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to move ahead of Kennett 47-42 with 5:16 left in regulation.
Kennett continued to trail 54-52 in the final half-minute. Freshman center Ara Spielman rebounded a missed shot in the final seconds and recorded a stick back as the buzzer sounded to tie things up at 54. Spielman was also fouled on the play but missed her free throw attempt with no time remaining on the clock.
“Big play at the end of the fourth quarter,” McCaig said. “We are not in a situation to have a chance to win the game in overtime if she doesn’t get a big rebound. Forget the free throw. If she doesn’t play until the very end of the fourth quarter we don’t make it to overtime. It was a big play for a freshman.”
Kelly scored the first four points of overtime on made free throw attempts by Alaney Moore.
“Everybody says free throws win games and we did a decent job with our free throws tonight,” Pruitt said. “We found a way to get to the line and knocked free throws down.”
Kennett eventually moved ahead 59-58 on a 2-point shot by freshman Caroline Patton with about 30 seconds left. But Anna Goering responded with a 2-pointer on the other end to put Kelly back on top 60-59 with 19 seconds left and the Hawks never trailed after.
“It was two very evenly matched teams,” McCaig said. “We just made too many mistakes and they executed late. They were just a little more aggressive to get to every loose ball and rebound. Normally the more aggressive team benefits on the foul count and they definitely got us there.”
Kelly enjoyed a lead as large as 15-5 in the opening quarter before Kennett rallied to move ahead 28-26 by halftime and increased its lead to 42-38 by the end of the third quarter.
But Kelly came back.
“We had a game plan to not let Moore and Goering beat us and they beat us,” McCaig said. “That’s as simple as it gets. They scored 45 of their 61 points. We thought we put a good game plan together but they executed better.”
Moore recorded a game-high 25 points for the Hawks. Goering added 19 more points.
“Moore is our main scorer,” Pruitt said “We’ve also got several other girls who can score in double digits and that helps her out.”
Goering hit all three of the Hawks’ treys.
“We set screens and got her open,” Pruitt said. “We did a really good job.”
Patton paced Kennett with 14 points. Kaniya Madlock tallied 13 more points and Thomas also finished in double digits with 11 points.
Kelly (17-11) will play No. 1 seeded New Madrid County Central in the district final Thursday at 7 p.m. at Charleston. New Madrid County Central beat host Charleston 64-38 in its district semifinal Wednesday.
“We are going to play our hardest,” Pruitt said. “We had them in our gym before and did really well in the first quarter and then we kind of slacked off. Since then we’ve learned to play four quarters and that’s what it will take to stay with them Thursday night.”
Kennett finishes its season with a record of 11-15. It will return all of its players next season.
“We had some girls coming back with some varsity experience this year but all of our leadership graduated,” McCaig said. “This year our young kids had to step up and take leadership roles. Moving forward it’s a matter of who is going to lead the team in the summer and hold everyone else accountable to make sure everyone is getting better.”
No. 3 Kelly 61, No. 2 Kennett 59
KELL 15 11 12 16 7 - 61
KENN 9 19 14 12 5 - 59
KELLY (61) - Kiya Lambert 2, Allison Owens 6, Alaney Moore 25, Mallory Glastetter 3, Anna Goering 19, Adison Musgrave 6. FG 19, FT 20/33, F 11. (3-pointers: Goering 3; Fouled out: None).
KENNETT (59) - Camille Thomas 11, Mallory Morrow 2, Antonia Randle 2, Kaniya Madlock 13, Carline Patton 14, Kyra Jaco 6, Janesha Hubbard 2, Ara Speilman 6. FG 22, FT 6/13, F 26. (3-pointers: Jaco 2, Patton 2, Madlock 3, Morrow 1, Thomas 1; Fouled out: Randle).