Lady Titans beat Lady Lancers

SCCH to play St. Paul for regional title

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Applying full-court pressure on Crest High’s Dallyn Beecher (44) are Southern Coffey County High’s Kristen Garland (3) and Shelby Birk (with arms up) during Thursday’s Class 1A regional semifinal game. Southern Coffey County won 64-33 in Allen County Community College’s gym.

Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans and St. Paul High’s Indians know they’ve both advanced to the substate level of Kansas Class 1A playoffs.
That won’t matter when tipoff comes at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Allen County Community College gym. Sure, both teams want to win the Class 1A Regional tournament championship.
But this is a showdown. Just over two weeks ago in Le Roy, the Lady Titans erased a 10-point second-half deficit to tie the game 47-47 and force an overtime with the Indians. Southern Coffey County beat St. Paul 54-47.
Now the teams, both ranked in the top 15 in Kansas Class 1A, meet for the regional championship after winning here Thursday in semifinal action. St. Paul (18-3) cruised past Chetopa 70-36. Southern Coffey County (19-2) pulled away from Crest High’s Lady Lancers 64-33.
“It should be a tough ball game,” said Jeff True, Southern Coffey County head coach, of Saturday’s game with St. Paul.
“We weren’t real pleased with our start Thursday night on the offensive end. We missed a lot of easy shots that we can’t afford to miss Saturday and next week (substate).”
Kaitlin Meyer hit two free throws for the Lady Titans with 7:18 left in the first quarter. Almost two minutes later, Laurie Ohl had the first basket of the game for SCCH to lead 4-0.
Crest got on the board with a basket by Kerry Stoneking just 10 seconds later. Kristin Stephens went on a five-point run for the Lady Titans. A basket by Tana Schooler for the Lady Lancers made it 9-4 with 2:10 left.
Southern Coffey County led 12-4 at the conclusion of the first quarter. Kristen Garland nailed a three-pointer for the Lady Titans to open the second period as Southern Coffey County outscored Crest 17-5 on its way to a 29-9 halftime lead.
The Lady Lancers never got any closer. By the end of three quarters, the Lady Titans sat on a 43-15 advantage.
“I was happy with our defense. The girls had great intensity and were able to force quite a few turnovers,” True said.
Stephens, who came off the bench, led Southern Coffey County with 15 points and seven rebounds. Garland had four steals. Jenna Witteman, who also came off the SCCH bench, scored 12 points.
The Lady Titans were 17 of 38 from the free-throw line. The Lady Lancers were 4 of 10 at the line.
Stoneking paced the Lady Lancers with 10 points. Crest finished at 8-14 overall and 3-4 in Three Rivers League play.
St. Paul, which went undefeated in TRL play, had little trouble with fellow TRL opponent Chetopa (8-12) here Thursday. The Indians were up 25-9 at the end of the first quarter and led 48-17 at halftime en route to a 70-36 win.
Morgan Westhoff led St. Paul with 20 points. Chetopa got nine points each from Richael Lapee and Myiesha Ingram.
Southern Coffey County (12-17-14-21—64) (FG/3-pt): K. Isch 0-1-2-1, Garland 1/1-0-0-5, Gudenkauf 1/1-0-2-5, Witteman 3/1-3-1-12, Shields 2-2-1-6, Jacob 4-0-2-8, Ohl 4-1-4-9, Stephens 4-7-3-15, Meyer 0-3-0-3, Yotz 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 19/3-17-17-64.
Crest (4-5-6-18—33) (FG/3-pt): Catt 0-0-1-0, A. Strickler 1-0-5-2, Westhoff 1-2-3-4, Stoneking 4-2-4-10, Schooler 3-0-2-6, B. Honn 3-0-4-6, Beecher 1/1-0-4-5. TOTALS: 13/1-4-23-33.