By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — For an automobile to run smoothly, first it has to be started. Then you let the engine warm before you can take off.
Monday night, the Scott City Lady Beavers had its starter in Amanda Shearmire.
The 5-7 senior guard ignited her team and the Lady Beavers earned a solid 64-50 non-league victory over the Goodland Lady Cowgirls.
While Shearmire wasn't the Lady Beavers' leading scorer - that was junior center Carissa Chelemedos with 24 points - it was the veteran who got the team off and running.
With a couple of steals that resulted in easy fast break layups, Shearmire then helped find the 5-11 Chelemedos inside for three short-range jumpers that paved the way for a 15-10 first quarter lead.
"I've been waiting for that for a long time," first-year Scott City coach Mark Campos said. "We've been sluggish since coming back from the Christmas break and I put up on the board which team did we want to be - the pre-Christmas team (2-1 and runners-up in the Scott City Invitational) or the team that struggled last week (loss to Ulysses and narrow win at Pratt)?"
Campos credits his team's aggressive defense with pulling them out of their post-holiday doldrums.
"We got after it defensively and created a bunch of turnovers and then converted them into easy baskets," Campos said. "They played with competitiveness, desire and heart tonight."
For Shearmire, her 17 points came on 7-of-13 shooting from two-point range and 1-of-3 from behind the arc.
"Everything just kind of clicked for us tonight," Shearmire said. "We got some steals, got some easy baskets and we just worked hard to do the things we didn't do last week."
Getting the performance from Chelemedos (24 points on 10-of-14 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws) made things easier for Shearmire and her teammates.
"When we can get the ball down low to her and she scores, it opens up the outside shooting for us," Shearmire said. "It was a lot of fun to come out and play well. We needed this kind of game to get back on track."
As for her own performance Monday night, Shearmire said it was just good to play well, especially at home.
"Easily our best game since the tournament (Scott City Invitational, second week of December)," Shearmire said. "This is more like the way we expect to play."
That five-point first period advantage held up through the second quarter and the Lady Beavers took a 30-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Goodland (4-5) hung in with Scott City through the first 4 minutes, 30 seconds of the third period, trailing just 38-34 with 3:35 to go. Then, the Lady Beavers finished off the quarter on a 10-0 run with Chelemedos getting six of those.
Goodland would never get closer than 12 in the fourth quarter as Shearmire scored six of her points in the closing eight minutes.
"Amanda was just all over the court tonight," Campos said. "She's quick, fast, and has the agility. She's our engine that got the motor and team running tonight."
Goodland's offense was sparked by two juniors — 5-6 guard Jade Herl, who had a game-high 25 points, while 5-9 forward Ashley Archer added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Beavers (4-2) get virtually no rest as they are back on the court tonight at 6:15 p.m. with a home non-league game against Wichita County.
Scott City 64, Goodland 50
GOODLAND (4-5) — Archer 6-16 2-4 16, Hinger 0-1 0-2 0, Rome 2-7 0-0 5, Herl 8-18 7-8 25, Bateman 0-0 2-4 2, Phillips 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 17-44 13-20 50.
SCOTT CITY (4-2) — Mayer 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 3-5 0-0 6, Stucky 2-7 0-0 4, Jus. Woofter 4-8 2-3 10, Shearmire 8-16 0-0 17, O'Neil 1-1 0-0 3, Chelemedos 10-14 4-5 24, Jess. Woofter 0-2 0-0 0, Dearden 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 28-55 6-8 64.
Goodland 10 15 9 16 -- 50
Scott City 15 15 18 16 -- 64
3-point goals — Goodland 3-12 (Archer 0-1, Rome 1-4, Herl 2-6, Phillips 0-1), Scott City 2-7 (Robinson 0-1, Stucky 0-2, Shearmire 1-3, O'Neil 1-1). Rebounds — Goodland 24 (Bateman, Archer 8 each), Scott City 34 (Chelemedos 9). Turnovers — Goodland 26, Scott City 23. Fouls — Goodland 15, Scott City 17. Fouled out — Scott City (Hess).