By Brock Sisney (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
CARTHAGE — The Kickapoo Woman Chiefs wrapped up a Carthage Woman Tigers Invitational title with a 62-27 blowout victory Saturday afternoon over the Miller Woman Cardinals.
Each groups entered the competition having gained their first two video games in Carthage and the Woman Chiefs by no means trailed Saturday in a captivating early season assembly between potential state title contenders at reverse ends of the enrollment spectrum, massive college Kickapoo enrollment 1,538 and small college Miller 150.
“For us, we have a look at each night time being a problem,” Kickapoo head coach Jim Pendergrass stated. “We all know that once we get within the health club, we get all people’s finest recreation. We don’t have a look at any group in a different way.
“Our dimension, our rebounding, is unquestionably a energy for our group and the ladies have been exhibiting it to date this season. It was once more tonight. For us to be pretty much as good as we will be, we’ve obtained to benefit from the place we now have benefits. Our top and size are benefits and the ladies are doing an excellent job of utilizing that with quite a lot of nice effort.”
The primary half numbers Saturday replicate Kickapoo’s dominance: Kickapoo scored the sport’s first eight factors, Miller went the primary seven minutes and not using a discipline objective and greater than a complete quarter between their first and second discipline targets, and Kickapoo constructed a 37-6 halftime lead after a 17-3 first and a 20-3 second quarter.
The Woman Chiefs prolonged their result in 40 about midway via the third quarter and that’s when Pendergrass known as on the reserves to complete out nearly all of the remaining contest, together with your complete operating clock fourth.
Kickapoo improved to 4-0 general after match victories in opposition to Carthage (67-58), Webb Metropolis (83-24), and Miller.
“I used to be pleased with the best way the ladies got here out,” Pendergrass stated. “We shared the ball and if we proceed to do this, we’ve obtained quite a lot of weapons. In the event you’ve obtained lots of people who can rating, it’s laborious to cease all them, particularly once they’re prepared to share the ball and make that subsequent move and do no matter it takes for his or her group. That’s why we performed in addition to we did.
“I need to thank Carthage — coach Scott Moore, actually thank him for having us on the match, in addition to athletic director Mark Holderbaum. The hospitality’s been nice and it’s an amazing match. Hopefully, it retains rising and extra groups come.”
Three Kickapoo gamers particularly took benefit of their dimension and their teammates sharing the ball Saturday: 5-foot-11 senior Indya Inexperienced dropped in 12 of her game-high 22 factors within the third quarter, 6-2 junior Ysabella Fontleroy netted 10 of her 12 factors within the first half, and 6-1 senior Rachel Senn climbed into double figures by scoring seven of her 12 factors within the ultimate quarter. Senn accounted for all of Kickapoo’s factors within the fourth.
Kaylee Helton led Miller with 10 factors and Claudia Hadlock added seven.
Match host Carthage claimed second place after a 62-43 win Saturday over conventional arch rival Webb Metropolis, powered by a 25-2 lead after one quarter and 46 factors from the duo of senior Hailey Fullerton and sophomore Kianna Yates. Fullerton, a 6-1 ahead, hit six 3-point baskets en path to her game-high 25 factors.
Miller settled for putting third.