Lady Bobcat Seniors with Parents and Coach Vest
Kelsie Cleeton and Coach Vest
14 Cass Johnson
The Lady Bobcats played their last home game of the season on Saturday and provided their fans with an 83-50 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University.
Before opening up the game, the Lady Cats recognized their senior leaders—Shelby Roberts, Lakin Simmerman, and Madison Wells—who have played for College of the Ozarks for four seasons. In addition, junior guard Kelsie Cleeton was awarded a plaque recognizing the scoring of her 1,000th career point in last week’s game over Johnson & Wales University.
The Lady Bobcats and Indians were well matched in the first quarter, but a three-pointer by Kelsie Cleeton just before the buzzer gave the Lady Cats an 18-12 edge. The Lady Cats ramped it up in the second quarter, outscoring the Indians 32-17 to close out the half with a 50-29 lead. CofO shot 53.1%, for the half, hitting 17-32, including eight three-pointers. Cass Johnson and Abby Oliver led the scoring with 11 points apiece, and Kelsie Cleeton pulled down 11 rebounds. Oliver was a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
In the second half, the Lady Cats continued to control the game, outscoring Haskell 33-21. Although their three-point shooting cooled off (1 of 8), their defensive pressure held the Indians to only 25.8% in field goal shooting.
For the game, CofO shot 49.2%, compared to 31.6% for Haskell. The Cats also outrebounded the Indians 42-30.
The Lady Cats had five players in double figures led by junior guard Cass Johnson with 16 points. She was joined by Abby Oliver (13), Kelsie Cleeton (11), Shelby Roberts (11), and Lakin Simmerman (10). Cleeton posted her sixteenth double double of the season by hauling in 19 rebounds, She also dished a game-leading six assists and nabbed five steals. The Lady Cats’ bench once again played a role in the victory, scoring 27 points. Today’s win places the Lady Bobcats’ season record at 27-1.
The Lady Cats, who have already qualified for the A.I.I. Conference Tournament, will play their final regular-season game on the road Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. versus Crowley’s Ridge College.