Posted: Saturday, 29 December 2012 10:28PM

Hall edges Ozark in title game




After working their way back from a double-digit second-half deficit, Ozark trailed by two but had possession as time ticked down.

The Lady Tigers never got a shot off.

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Ozark committed a fatal turnover with 13 seconds remaining and lost 44-41 to Little Rock Hall in the championship game of the Pink Division at the 2012 Pink and White Lady Classic on Saturday night.
 
The Lady Tigers had tied the game at 41-all on Hannah Cook’s basket with 50 seconds remaining.

The Lady Warriors would miss their next shot attempt, but get a huge rebound and putback from future Missouri State Lady Bear Katelyn Webber – just her second field goal on the night – to go up 43-41.

Facing a pressure-heavy Hall defense, Ozark bobbled the ball out of bounds on the ensuing possession and never got a second try at sending the game into overtime.

“In hindsight, you call timeout. I was really envisioning, with the way they were guarding, us squaring up to the basket and getting a backdoor cut,” said Ozark coach Yancey Little. “They were really putting a lot of pressure on us that time and getting in the passing lane. The paint was open, I thought we could get a backdoor cut or something and get a layup.”

Tyler Scaife made one of two frees with 7.7 seconds to go to increase Hall’s lead to 44-41. She missed the second attempt, but Ozark couldn’t corral the rebound and time eventually ran out on the Lady Tigers.

Ozark trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter. A steal and layup from Ozark’s Hannah Cook got the Lady Tigers within 37-33 at the end of the third.

After being called for a backcourt violation, Scaife was hit with a technical foul when she slammed the ball on the floor in frustration. Ozark’s Haylee Beard hit one of the two technical free throw shots to bring the Lady Tigers within 41-39.

Webber, finished with just four points but altered numerous shots around the basket with her 6-foot-5 presence.

“Every time we’d try to penetrate, she was there to contest,” Little said. “Two of her points were huge, she got that rebound and putback at the end.”
 
Scaife, a Rutgers recruited and ranked as the No. 9 prospect for the 2013 class, finished with 24 points.
 
The loss marks the third time this season that Ozark has lost to a team from Arkansas in a tournament title game. The Lady Tigers lost to Greenwood in the Rogers Tournament finale, and Fort Smith-Southside at the Tournament of Champions (Ark.).

Little Rock Hall 44, Ozark 41

Hall 7 18 12 7 --- 44
Ozark 10 9 14 8 --- 41
Hall – Tyler Scaife 24, Kiara Moore 9, Kately Webber 4, Tiarra Coffey 3, Princess Cole 2, Kanesha Woods 2
Ozark – Hannah Cook 15, Haylee Beard 12, Brie Tauai 8, Bridget Justis 4, Jackie Fugate 2


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Republic 63, Branson 51 (White Division title game)   STORY    PHOTOS
Branson 9 9 21 12 --- 51
Republic 14 17 15 17 --- 63

Branson – Ashley Forrest 20, Moriah Dapprich 8, Hadley Blake 8, Sydney Shepherd 6, Jessie Barton 5, Kellie Seaman 2, Jessica Tankersley 2
Republic – Alice Heinzler 19, Sarah Kreul 17, Alex Botkin 9, Lindsay Carlson 6, Tori Taylor 4, Micah Mansker 3, Michayla Shanks 3, Kayla Bartelsmeyer 2



Miller Career Academy 68, Ash Grove 50 (Pink Division 3rd place game)     PHOTOS
Miller 12-21-14-21 --- 68
Ash Grove 14 7 18 11 --- 50

Ash Grove – Abby Arico 15, Jamie Mauss 10, Halee Cashio 9, Madi Johnson 8, Katie Skelton 6, Erin Weinreis 2
Miller – Braennan Farrar 19, Zhanesha Dickerson 17



Nixa 42, Skyline 37 (White Division 3rd place game)    PHOTOS
Skyline 8 5 11 13 --- 37
Nixa 11 9 7 15 --- 42

Skyline – Madisen Brethower 21, Hannah Myers 9, Ashley Bishop 3, Stevie Conly 2, Krista Gideon 2
Nixa – Angie Allen 13, Jeana Raper 12, Toshua Leavitt 5 Madison Wells 4, Schyler Thompson 4, Shelby Ewing 2, Alex Sorenson 2

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