Lady Cards take second at Kell Classic
Weiner and Cave City met in the finals of the girls' division of the George Kell Classic this past Saturday in Swifton. Cave City led after the first period, Weiner had the lead at half before Cave City outscored Weiner in each of the last two periods to post a 59-51 win.
Morgan Miller scored the first points of the game for Cave City as she made a three-pointer from the right wing to make it 3-0. Kaci Mack tied the game for Weiner as she hit a jumper in the lane and was fouled. Mack's free throw made it 3-3. Lady Cardinal Jaden Malone was fouled and hit one of two free throws to make it 4-3 Weiner with 6:50 to play. Jamie Holley hit two free for Cave City to give her team a 5-4 lead. Weiner's Allegra Melton grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in to make it 6-5 Lady Cardinals. Morgan Graddy canned three-pointer from the top of the key for Cave City to make it 8-6 Cavewomen. Mack is fouled by Miller and made one of two free throws to make the score 8-7 Cave City with 3:32 left to play in the opening period. Shyanne Price got inside for a Cave City basket making it 10-7. Weiner's Hunter Lewis tied the game at 10 as she drilled a three-pointer from the left corner with 2:09 to play. Elizabeth Upton answered with a three-pointer for Cave City to make it 13-10. Abbi Ball stretched the lead to six with a three-ball from the left corner making it 16-10. Peyton Craft got inside for Weiner for a score and was fouled by Miller. Craft's free throw was good and that set the first period score at 16-13 Cave City.
Mack tied game up to start the second period as she canned a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 16-16. Ball was fouled by Lewis and hit both her free throws to put Cave City back up 18-16. Lexi Smith drilled a three from the left corner to give Weiner the lead 19-18 with 6:14 left. Cave City's Holley got inside for a basket at 5:28 before she hit two free throws at 4:44 to make it 22-19 Cavewomen. Price worked her way inside for a Cave City basket to stretch the lead to 24-19. Malone grabbed an offensive rebound and scored for Weiner cutting the lead to 24-21. Upton and Mack traded three-pointers to make it 27-24 with 1:36 left before half. Graddy hit two free throws for Cave City to make it 29-24. Weiner's Smith got inside for a nice reverse lay up and Lewis hit a soft bank shot with 11 seconds left to make it a 29-28 game. Graddy hit one of two free throws after being fouled by Smith with three seconds left before Smith canned a three-pointer from just inside half court for Weiner to give the Lady Cardinals a 31-30 halftime lead.
The third period started same as the second as Mack drilled a three-pointer from the top of they key to make it 34-30 Weiner. Vashti Crick of Cave City hit one of two free throws at 7:07 to make it 34-31 Lady Cardinals. Craft and Melton both hit one of two free throws over the next minute of play to push Weiner's lead to 36-31. Ball cut the lead to two for Cave City when she netted a three-pointer from the right wing with 4:10 left in the period to make it 36-34. Craft got an offensive rebound and put the ball back in making it 38-34. Cave City closed the period with a 7-0 run to take a 41-38 lead. Crick hit a jumper at 2:57 and Miller made a three-pointer less than a minute later to make it 39-38. Crick got a steal and lay up to finish the scoring in the third.
Weiner tied the game at 41 less than a minute into the fourth period as Mack hit one of two free throws after being fouled by Graddy. Craft got inside for a basket at 7:16 to tie the game. Holley gave Cave City a 43-41 lead hitting two free throws at 6:50. Ball extended Cave City's lead to 46-41 with a three-ball from the left wing. Melton scored inside for Weiner before Ball hit two free throws after being fouled by Craft to make the score 48-43 Cave City. Malone sandwiched four free throws for Weiner around a Holley inside shot for Cave City to make it 50-47. Mack got inside for a basket at 3:37 to make it 50-49 Cavewomen. Ball made two free throws for Cave City to make it 52-49 before Smith was fouled attempting a three for Weiner. Smith hit two of three free throws to make it 52-51. Cave City again closed the period with a 7-0 run to make the final 59-51. Holley got inside for a basket and was fouled. Holley's free throw made it 55-51. Graddy and Price both hit two free throws apiece in the final 15 seconds to set the final score.
"I was very proud of them for making it to the finals, we are pretty sure they are the first girls team in Weiner history to make the finals of the Kell Classic," Weiner Coach James Halitzka said. "Cave City was very big and physical. I think we did a good job at handling their big girls when we went man to man. Both teams were battling to see who could stay out of foul trouble the longest. I think in the end we started to suffer from the foul situation a little more then they did. I had to move my point guard down to guard their center. They were 19-23 from the free throw line and we were 13-23, that right there makes the difference in the game," Halitza added.
Mack led all scorers with 16 points and Smith finished with 10 points for the Lady Cardinals.
Ball led Cave City with 15 points and Holley tossed in 13 points.