Second-seeded Rose Bud and third-seeded West Side raced up and down the floor on Monday in a Greers Ferry Lake Classic semifinal showdown matching two of the area's quickest teams.
Second-seeded Rose Bud and third-seeded West Side raced up and down the floor on Monday in a Greers Ferry Lake Classic semifinal showdown matching two of the area’s quickest teams.
Rose Bud (9-2) led the entire game other than two ties in the third quarter and held off a late charge by the Lady Eagles to pull out a 79-77 victory, snapping West Side’s 11-game winning steak and advancing to Tuesday’s championship game versus defending 1A state champion Nemo Vista.
Rose Bud sophomore point guard Carissa Caples scored a tournament-high 34 points and the young Lady Ramblers backed her up with a balanced effort as freshman guard Kaitlyn Smith had 15, while senior post player Raven Ide and freshmen guards Savannah Lacy and Jenna Hipp each had 10.
Rose Bud led 62-56 entering the fourth quarter. West Side guard Sydnee Phillips opened the fourth with a short jumper but Lacy retaliated with a three-pointer up top. Versatile West Side post player Bryanna Smith caught the ball on the block and spun around her defender to get free for a basket in the paint, but Lacy fired back with a floater in traffic.
The Lady Eagles pulled within five on a bucket from left block by forward Ashley Gentry, but Lacy nailed a three-pointer from left corner off an inbound play. Bryanna Smith answered with a three-pointer as the Lady Eagles closed the gap back to five.
Caples rattled off five straight, first drilling a three-pointer from left wing, then turning a steal into a layup as Rose Bud pushed its lead to 75-65 before Bryanna Smith scored in the paint.
With less than three minutes to play the Lady Ramblers appeared to be in control after Hipp came up with a steal that led to a layup by Caples. But West Side responded as Gentry hit two free throws and guard Emily Southerland slashed right side for a layup.
Following a Rose Bud turnover with just over a minute to play, Gentry pulled down a rebound and scored, cutting the Lady Ramblers’ lead to 77-74.
Another turnover and technical foul led to a free throw by Turney, but the Lady Eagles failed to capitalize further. After trading turnovers, Caples calmly sank two free throws to cushion Rose Bud’s lead.
Barnes drove into the lane and dished to Gentry for a layup, but Rose Bud broke West Side’s press while running out the final eight seconds to claim the hard-fought victory.
The Lady Ramblers, who made 11 three-pointers compared to eight for West Side, started fast as guard Savannah Lacy came up with a steal and hit Caples for a breakaway layup.
Kaitlyn Smith scored the next four, including her first of three first quarter treys. Two more three-pointers by Smith extended the Lady Ramblers’ lead to 18-7, but West Side began to find its groove, starting when point guard Abby Turney ripped a three-pointer up top.
After Gentry made two free throws and combo guard Alexis Barnes hit one more from the charity stripe, Bryanna Smith made a driving leaner in traffic, trimming Rose Bud’s lead to 22-16 heading to the second quarter.
The Lady Ramblers opened the second quarter with an 11-0 run sparked by Caples, who dished to Hipp running the floor for a layup. Caples used a jump stop to get free for a jumper in the lane and she added two free throws before Kailtyn Smith buried a three-pointer from left elbow off an inbound play.
Leading 33-16 following a basket by Lacy, the Lady Eagles closed the first half strong. After Phillips and Caples traded shots from beyond the arc, Barnes popped a three-pointer in transition and Phillips scored while drawing contact.
Phillips completed the three-point play then Bryanna Smith scored in transition and Phillips made a fall away shot from right baseline, suddenly pulling West Side within six at 36-30.
Ide scored, briefly putting a halt to West Side’s 10-0 run before Bryanna Smith hit a leaner over two defenders. The two teams traded baskets until late in the first half when Barnes scored five straight, hitting a three-pointer and splitting two defenders for two on a strong drive to the basket.
West Side tied the game early in the third quarter when Turney turned a steal into a three-point play. Rose Bud regained the lead on a jumper in the lane by Kailtyn Smith, but Bryanna Smith scored from right block off an assist from Barnes.
Tied at 46-all, the Lady Ramblers used a 7-0 run to gain control as Hipp made a driving leaner from left elbow and Caples scored five consecutive, first scoring on a run-out then ripping a three-pointer from top of the key.
Rose Bud maintained its lead for the remainder of the third quarter. After Turney dribbled around a pick and nailed a three-pointer up top, Hipp used a crossover dribble to shake a defender and finished with a floater in traffic as the Lady Ramblers took a six-point lead to the fourth quarter and held on in the final minutes.
Bryanna Smith led West Side with 22 points and Turney followed with 18. Gentry added 14, Phillips had 11, Barnes finished with nine and Southerland chipped in three for the Lady Eagles, who dropped to 13-6.