Lady Indians ambush Riverside 70-37 in state tournament
Poyen rode the one-two scoring punch of Kylie Smith and Alex Shaffer in the Lady Indians' 70-37 victory over Riverside, eliminating the Lady Rebels in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament Wednesday night at Marmaduke.
Smith powered home a game high 23 points while Shaffer pumped in 21 more as the Lady Indians dominated the game from start to finish. Poyen jumped on the Lady Rebels from the opening tip, scoring the game's first nine points, all by Smith, before sophomore Chelsea Nichols, who led Riverside with 18 points, drilled the first of her six three pointers on the night.
Shaffer got in on the act with a bucket, followed by a three point play by Smith to give Poyen a 14-3 advantage before Nichols drained her second trey of the evening. Smith closed out the quarter with another power move on the inside, giving the Lady Indians a 16-6 lead. Smith finished the period with 14 points.
Nichols began the second period with another long three pointer, but the duo of Smith and Shaffer continued to score at will for the Lady Indians as Poyen took a commanding 40-20 lead at intermission.
Poyen put the game completely out of reach in the third quarter, popping the nets from long range and finishing the period with five three pointers, including two each by Shaffer and Elizabeth Kratz. The quarter ended with the Lady Indians ahead 62-25. The fourth quarter was played under the mercy rule with Poyen finishing the contest off with their ninth and tenth treys of the night.
"We just couldn't stop the big girl, Smith, inside," said Riverside coach Jeff Womack. "Whenever we did commit to stopping her, they threw in a bunch of threes. Then it was pretty much pick your poison. We just couldn't battle with them tonight. But I think we will build off this experience. We talked about that in the dressing room after the game. This is laying the foundation for bigger things to come. We want to be in the regional tournament every year. That needs to be our expectation. Then we fight out of the regional tournament to get to play in the state. I was proud of the girls. They finished the season strong. Overall it was a good year and I enjoyed it," concluded Womack.
Nichols was the highlight of the night for Riverside with her long range performance. Kenzley Wilson also hit double digits for Riverside, scoring 13 points. Natalie Milligan and Megan Davidson tallied two points apiece while Anna Brickell and Susan Sailor added one point each. Riverside finished five of 16 from the foul line and had six treys.