SCOTT CITY — In basketball, scoring does not come free. Including free throws.

The uncontested 15-foot charity shot has befuddled many players and teams throughout a century.

But it was charity that made the difference Tuesday night for the Scott City Lady Beavers in their 55-43 Mid-State Activities Association victory over Ulysses. Scott City avenged a 52-42 loss at Ulysses four weeks ago.

"We've preached free throwing and the girls have responded," Beavers coach Mark Campos after his team cashed in on 17-of-19 charity shots. "Since we were struggling early, we now have the girls make, that's make, 100 free throws each day before they leave."

And, if the adage is true, then perfect practice makes perfect. And the Lady Beavers were just about there at 89.4 percent from the line, compared to just 4-of-12 in their January 5 setback at Ulysses.

"We just really played bad there," said junior Carissa Chelemedos, who led the Scott City scoring with 15 points and also shared team rebounding honors with Amanda Shearmire with six. "We've been practicing hard, taking the ball to the hoop and it worked well for us tonight."

The Beavers played the last two quarters and two minutes without one of its standout seniors — 5-foot-9 forward Justine Woofter. Back to play less than a week after recovering from a concussion, Woofter was knocked to the floor with 1:50 left before halftime and had to be helped off the floor and did not return to the game.

"It's lot harder to play without her," Chelemedos said. "But we're getting better at having other players step up and play well. (Ulysses) is very physical and we had to just do what is needed and depend on each other."

Except for a few minutes of the first quarter, Ulysses played catch-up all and could never get back to square one. Scott City owned a 17-12 first quarter lead, extended it to 34-26 at halftime and maintained it at 43-35 after three periods.

Ulysses closed the deficit to four with just over five minutes to go. An 8-2 Scott City run put the lead up to 51-41 and the game was iced away in the final 1:30.

"It's a good thing that we're not relying on just one or two players like we were at the beginning of the season," Campos said. "We've now got four or five girls who can step up and contribute offensively."

Ulysses had a 19-point, six rebound performance from 6-foot sophomore Kaylea Britton, but she was the only player in double figures for the Tigers (9-7, 3-3).

Scott City (10-5, 3-2) hosts Pratt on Friday, and Ulysses returns home to face Thomas More Prep-Marian, both are MSAA contests.


Scott City 55, Ulysses 43

ULYSSES (9-7, 3-3) — Meierhoff 2-10 1-1 6, Langley 1-3 0-0 2, Jarnagin 0-4 0-0 2, McCauley 1-8 3-4 5, Anthony 1-6 0-0 2, Spencer 3-6 0-0 4, Monzon 1-3 0-0 3, Britton 8-17 3-5 19, Rodriguez 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-60 7-10 43.

SCOTT CITY (10-5, 3-2) — Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Hess 3-5 2-2 8, Glunz 4-8 3-4 12, Ju. Woofter 2-3 2-2 6, Shearmire 1-4 2-2 4, O'Neil 1-2 4-4 7, Baker 0-4 3-4 3, Chelemedos 7-11 1-1 15, Je. Woofter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 17-19 55.

Ulysses 12 14 9 8 -- 43

Scott City 17 17 9 12 -- 55

3-point goals — Ulysses 2-9 (Meierhoff 1-3, Jarnagin 0-1, McCauley 0-2, Monzon 1-1, Britton 0-1, Rodriguez 0-1). Rebounds — Ulysses 31 (Meierhoff 7), Scott City 38 (Shearmire 6, Chelemedos 6). Turnovers — Ulysses 11, Scott City 17. Fouls — Ulysses 18, Scott City 10. Fouled out — None.