The Chouteau Ladycats may have only won one game this season, but the way the old C-Block was rocking Tuesday night, you’d never know it.
Chouteau went toe-to-toe with Caney Valley for three quarters, but fell short in the fourth quarter, falling to the Lady Trojans 50-34.
Caney Valley’s Kendra David led all scorers with 26 points.
Paige Chupp led the way for Chouteau, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
Caney Valley used an 11-0 run to start the game, giving the Lady Trojans a huge lead out of the gate. Chupp ended the run with a basket with three minutes left in the opening quarter. Chupp scored another bucket a few seconds later, cutting the Caney lead to seven.
Chupp’s hot hand, along with some aggressive defense by freshman Dayla Vance, was the catalyst in the second quarter. Chouteau opened the second frame with a 9-0 run. Chupp was 3-of-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe in the second quarter.
Vance had two steals and one vicious block shot with a minute to go in the half, which sent the rowdy student section into a roar.
With Chouteau down three, Karlee Alberty got a hoop and a foul with seconds left in the half. Alberty knocked down the free throw, tying the game at 21.
The third quarter was sloppy for both teams. However, Chupp picked up her fourth foul early on in the quarter, and was forced to sit for a few minutes. Still, at the end of three, Caney Valley only led by three, 31-28.
The fourth quarter wasn’t kind to Chouteau. Chupp picked up her fifth and final foul just 30 seconds into the quarter. With Chouteau’s top scorer on the bench, the momentum was gone, and the Ladycats were outscored 19-6 in the fourth.
“After that (Chupp fouling out), we lost our momentum,” said head coach Denisha Posey. “Paige had a different look in her eyes tonight and she was going to make it happen.”
The game was much closer than what the score indicated, and the Ladycats never gave up, even when their leading scorer left the game.
“We have really come together as a team,” Posey said. “These girls give me all they have and more. They are all a coach could ask for. I want success for them.”
Chouteau will get another chance to make their coach proud on Friday night, when Nowata comes to town. Tipoff is 6:30p.m.
Caney Valley 11 10 10 19 50
Chouteau 4 17 7 6 34
Caney Valley: David 26, McIntosh 12, Sumner 7, Mackey 4, Ballew 1.
Chouteau: Chupp 12, Alberty 10, Weatherman 4, Wilson 3, Vance 3, Ridgeway 2.