Posted: Saturday, 19 January 2013 10:37PM

Stockton girls and Lamar boys win the Stockton Invitational

Stockton, Mo. (For  -- Lady Bearcats suffer first loss of the year at Stockton
The Dadeville Lady Bearcats are in the midst of a big season, but they took a small stumble on Saturday night in the finals of the Stockton Invitational, where the host Lady Tigers defended their championship to the tune of a 57-47 victory.

Stockton (10-7) presented a matchup problem that Dadeville (15-1) had not dealt with before as the Lady Tigers start a frontline that goes 6-foot-3 (sophomore Jolene Shipps), 5-10 (sophomore Sydnee Garrett), and 5-9 (senior Kelsi Wilkins). Throw in 5-8 senior Emilyn Dearman at 2-guard and it’s enough to intimidate almost any opponent, especially when Dadeville’s two tallest starters are only 5-foot-6 (seniors Amy Brown and Megan Obert).

“We knew we had matchup problems to start with,” said Dadeville coach James Cowan. “I mean, their shortest player is taller than my tallest.  So we knew that we were gonna have to box out.  We just didn’t get the job done.”
The Lady Tigers went early and often to Shipps, and she responded with a game-high 27 points.

“When you’re two feet from the rim, the percentages go up,” said Stockton coach Kevin Burns, noting the ease that Shipps was able to get inside.

 “I have a height advantage normally, and I’ve gotten stronger this year.  And I try to take it to ‘em, you know,” added Shipps.

Dadeville tried to counter with all-state senior Mary Bergmann, who also scored 27 points and came up huge on defense.  She led the Bearcats’ full-court trap, which forced 22 Stockton turnovers.  That didn’t faze Stockton, though, as its state playoff experience came to the forefront.

“They got rattled a little bit there, and we knew that if Dadeville got steals they would be fast on the break.  They’d look for Bergmann and she’d be off and gone; she’s so fast,” said Burns.  

Shipps credited two former Lady Tigers, Garrett and Ashli Burton, in preparation for this win.

“I played with some very good guards last year,” Shipps said of the Burtons, now freshmen redshirting at Pittsburg State.  “And that helped me; that helped our team as a whole.  I’ll give them credit for making us play better.”

“I heard Dadeville was a pretty tough team,” said Dearman, “but playing tough teams like Bolivar and Mt. Vernon [both recent Stockton losses] helped us play teams like this.”

In other action, Lamar took third place over Springfield Catholic 48-38; and Purdy won the consolation over Greenfield 54-48.  Catholic won the sportsmanship trophy and Dadeville claimed the cheerleaders’ prize.

Stockton and Dadeville will face each other again on February 12 on the Bearcats’ home floor.
Stockton 18 14 11 14—57
Dadeville 15 12  8 12—47

Stockton:  Jolene Shipps 27, Kelsi Wilkins 13, Sydnee Garrett 11, Emilyn Dearman 3, Bethany Meeks 2, Alexis Smith 1.
Dadeville:  Mary Bergmann 27, Amy Brown 11, Melody Bergmann 4, April Witt 3, Megan Obert 2.

Stockton Tournament championship is all Lamar

Whenever the top two seeds in a tournament win their way into the finals, fans, both rabid and casual, expect a competitive matchup as the “best of the best” go for the big trophy.

That dream matchup did not materialize in the Stockton Invitational on Saturday, however, as the top-seeded Lamar Tigers (11-5) ran away from the second-seeded Springfield Greenwood Blue Jays (10-7) by the final score of 69-41.

“Well, I don’t know if we would characterize it as easy,” said Lamar coach Joel Braden. “They have some good players, but our kids knew they would have to come out and defend, and they did that.  They did a really good job of kind of taking away their point guard (freshman Austin Carmichael) and making them try to run the offense a little differently.  And that caused them to have troubles, and we did a really good job offensively.”

Chad Rice, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored 17 of his 20 points for Lamar in the first half, one fewer than Greenwood had as a team at that point (Lamar led 40-18 at the break).  The Tiger press was the main reason for the huge disparity.

“We’ve got a bunch of kids that can play,” said Braden.  “We can keep rotating a bunch of athletes off the bench, and they can get down and defend.”

“We had trouble with their pressure in the first half,” said Blue Jay coach Darren Taylor.  “We made some adjustments and basically played even with them in the second-half.”

Rice had to sit most of the third quarter when he picked up his fourth foul. That’s when 5-10 sophomore Tripp Tucker made his presence felt, scoring 14 of his team-high 21 in that third period. including three treys.

“Tripp can shoot the ball well, and Chad’s kind of been in an offensive funk, so it’s good to see both of those guys get going tonight,” said Braden. “And you know if both of those guys are going, I figure we’ll be all right offensively. So it’s good to see both of those guys going tonight.”

Senior Nathan Carmichael led Greenwood in scoring with 23 points.

Not only did the Tigers win the championship, they won with class as Lamar also took home the sportsmanship and cheering awards.

Meanwhile, Pierce City won third place over Dadeville 52-40; and Greenfield earned consolation honors in a low-scoring victory over Stockton, 37-27.
Greenwood 12   6 14   9—41
Lamar          20 20 18 11—69

Greenwood:  Nate Carmichael 23, Riley Keith 11, Austin Carmichael 4, Caleb Morgan 2, Mason Priest 1.
Lamar:  Tripp Tucker 21, Chad Rice 20, Trenton Mooney 9, Landon Compton 9, Josh Garfield 4, Isaac Gariss 3, Brett McDonald 3.

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