By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — If you're the last one out of the train station, you're the last to reach your destination.
Or, in the case of the Scott City Lady Beavers, if you get started from behind, it becomes a difficult task to catch up. And it happened Monday. Scott City fell behind Clearwater early in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A sub-state and fell 56-52.
It's not the script coach Mark Campos would have written for his team, but nonetheless, the Beavers kept going, despite falling behind 21-8 after one quarter and down by 16 late in the third quarter, didn't go down without a fight.
"That's one thing about this bunch, they'll scrap and battle all the way," Campos said. "They never gave up, not even at the end."
Scott City (13-8) simply ran out of time. Defensively, the Beavers picked up the intensity and forced the Indians into 10 second half turnovers to help get them within range down the stretch.
"I'm not sure how we got off to such a slow start, but you can't afford to do that when you're playing a game that means moving on or the end of the season," Campos said. "We just dug too deep a hole."
Clearwater (9-12) was doing most of the hole-digging against the Beavers with seniors Tricia Vogel and Sara Hoover. The teams two leading scorers, Vogel popped in 28 points including 20-of-22 free throws. Two different times, she made 10 consecutive charities, and she was 13-of-15 in the closing eight minutes to keep the Beavers at bay.
"It's difficult enough trying to stop one good scorer, but when you get two, it makes your defensive effort that much harder," Campos said.
Hoover took the early cue as she blistered the Beaver defense with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Allie O'Neil countered with her own set of three treys in the second quarter, but a lone Carissa Chelemedos field goal was the only other points for the Beavers in the period.
When Clearwater was on offense in the fourth quarter, Vogel had the ball most of the time.
"They obviously know who they want to have the ball and they did a good job of that," Campos said of Clearwater. "We had several people who did well in short stretches but just didn't have anything consistent for the entire game."
Chelemedos was the only offensive spark in the first quarter for the Beavers as she scored eight points in the first 3:20. Midway through the second quarter, Scott City pulled within seven, but once again it was Vogel's 5-of-5 free throw shooting that propelled Clearwater to a 33-19 halftime bulge.
Clearwater's biggest lead came at 41-25 with just over 90 seconds left in the third stanza, then Chelemedos and Justine Woofter closed out the period with a bucket each.
With Chelemedos picking up the offense again, the Lady Beavers trimmed the margin to four at the 2:25 mark. From there, it became a march to the charity stripe for Vogel. Over the next 90 seconds, she cashed in on 10-of-11 free throws. She added a driving layup to put Clearwater up 55-43 with only a minute to play.
Scott City made a one more push as Chelemedos scored two layups, and Amanda Shearmire and Justine Woofter each knocked down two free throws in the final minute. Woofter stole the final inbounds pass but could not get a shot off before the buzzer.
Chelemedos had a big night with 26 points on 10-of-13 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws. Jade Glunz added 10 and Woofter contributed a game-high 11 rebounds.
"That's a real big game for her and should help give her the confidence to step up for next season," Campos said of Chelemedos. "We'll work hard with her this summer and fine tune some things and I would expect she'll be a dominant player for us next year. We lose five outstanding seniors (Woofter, Glunz, Shearmire, O'Neil and Ashlyn Robinson) and they will be difficult to replace."
Clearwater 56, Scott City 52
CLEARWATER (9-12) — Jaax 3-6 0-3 6, Ring 0-2 0-0 0, Layton 0-0 0-0 0, Hoover 5-7 0-2 13, Vogel 4-9 20-22 28, Tjaden 1-4 0-1 2, Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Lauer 3-5 1-2 7. Totals 16-33 21-30 56.
SCOTT CITY (13-8) — Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Hess 0-3 0-0 0, Glunz 4-11 2-4 10, Ju. Woofter 1-6 2-2 4, Shearmire 1-6 0-0 3, O'Neil 3-4 0-0 9, Baker 0-5 0-0 0, Lowenthal 0-0 0-0 0, Chelemedos 10-13 6-8 26. Totals 19-49 10-14 52.
Clearwater 21 12 8 15 -- 56
Scott City 8 11 10 23 -- 52
3-point goals — Clearwater 3-4 (Hoover 3-4), Scott City 4-12 (Robinson 0-1, Glunz 0-3, Shearmire 1-3, O'Neil 3-4, Baker 0-1). Rebounds — Clearwater 27 (Lauer 7), Scott City 27 (Woofter 11). Turnovers — Clearwater 16, Scott City 13. Fouls — Clearwater 19, Scott City 26. Fouled out — Scott City (Hess, Glunz).