Lady Cats prevail in physical game

The Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats defeated the host Pine Bluff Fillies 38-37 Tuesday in a game Pine Bluff coach Loy Moore said was one of the most physical he has seen in a while.

“It was a back-and-forth game and they are definitely more physical than us,” Moore said. “It was a physical game in the second half.

“I was very upset with the no-calls.”

Moore said both teams were being physical and maybe a bit too rough, but there weren’t any calls made.

“It was consistent,” Moore said. “But there was nothing called and the kids deserved better. We were fouling a lot towards the end and no whistles blown.

“We aren’t a very physical team, and they are and they won the game.”

With 5 seconds left and down by one, Pine Bluff had a chance to win the game. But Watson Chapel’s defense and a foul prevented a clean look.

“We did what we needed to do to win,” Watson Chapel coach Leslie Henderson said. “And by that, I mean we ran the clock off and took care of the ball. And doing those little things gave us the win.”

Senior Kamera Bozeman led Watson Chapel with 15 points. For Pine Bluff, Jasmyn Eckermann led with 11 points.

Chapel had an 11-7 lead by the end of the first quarter thanks to back-to-back buckets by Leonicia Hart and Chelsea Payne. Chapel hit a three-pointer and Bozeman scored a quick bucket inside to lead 16-7 early in the second quarter.

Pine Bluff would rally back thanks to an inside score by Marquietta Sergeant and a layup by Eckermann. Eckermann got the points after a steal just past midcourt, than crossed over a defender and scored on the easy shot as she was fouled.

She completed the three-point play and it cut the deficit to 16-12 with about 2:47 left in the first half.

Pine Bluff tied the game at 18 when Kye Richardson completed her own three-point play at the 1:45 mark.

“I thought it was a great game,” Henderson said.

By the end of the third quarter, Pine Bluff led 28-27.

Bozeman got things started in the fourth quarter for Chapel by scoring inside and then following that up by completing a three-point play with about 5:50 left. That stretch of points gave Chapel a 34-30 lead.

“It was very rough inside and they worked it to their advantage,” Moore said.

Pine Bluff does not play again until Dec. 20.