Lady Hornets tumble in fifth-place game

Stephanie Backus/FULTON SUN photo: New Bloomfield senior guard Elizabeth Clark puts up a shot in the midst of three North Callaway defenders in the first half of the Ladybirds’ 56-40 win over the Lady Wildcats on Friday night at New Bloomfield.

Stephanie Backus/FULTON SUN photo: New Bloomfield senior guard Elizabeth Clark puts up a shot in the midst of three North Callaway defenders in the first half of the Ladybirds’ 56-40 win over the Lady Wildcats on Friday night at New Bloomfield.

Kayla Oetterer put up a game-high 15 points Friday night to maneuver No. 8 seed New Haven past the No. 7 Fulton Lady Hornets 46-30 in the fifth-place game of the Montgomery County Invitational Tournament.

Fulton (1-2) trailed 24-15 at halftime and 39-22 to start the fourth quarter. While the Lady Hornets had difficulty producing points Friday night, they committed just nine turnovers after averaging 23 in their first two games.

“We were getting shots off, they just weren’t going in,” Fulton head coach Jenny Preiss said. “We cut down on our turnovers by more than half against a much better defense.

“We had some moments where we looked very good. Bits and pieces of the puzzle are falling together for us.”

Junior guard Corri Hamilton and senior forward Meghan Davis scored eight points apiece to pace the Lady Hornets. Hamilton also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Fulton plays both its home and North Central Missouri Conference opener against Marshall at 6 p.m. Monday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

N. Callaway basketball (VG).....56

New Bloomfield.........................40

NEW BLOOMFIELD — The Ladybirds limited the Lady Wildcats to eight first-half points Friday night in picking up their first win of the season.

Senior forward Morgan Brown-Emmons responded with a team-high 16 points for North Callaway (1-1), which extended a 21-8 halftime advantage to 35-19 to open the fourth quarter.

Junior forward Chelsea Wiler came up with 10 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to pace New Bloomfield (0-2).

The Ladybirds — receiving the eighth seed — square off against No. 1 Hallsville at 9 p.m. Monday in the first round of the 55th-annual Central Invitational Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats play this week in the Jamestown Tournament.

Hermann...................................62

S. Callaway basketball (VB).......48

HERMANN — With the game tied 12-12, the Bulldogs were outscored by the Bearcats 14-5 in the second quarter of Friday night’s loss.

Hermann (1-0) was in front 26-17 at halftime and stretched its lead to 41-29 going into the fourth quarter.

Senior guards Will Brandt and Bryan Lechner topped South Callaway (1-2) with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

“We were just out-executed,” Bulldogs head coach Tony Brandt said. “We’re still struggling to find our offensive rhythm, that’s what it comes down to.

“We’re playing hard; we’re just not sure of ourselves right now.”

Jake Schannuth countered with a game-high 28 points for the Bearcats.

South Callaway (1-1), behind freshman guard Garner Rudroff’s 21 points, rolled to a 53-34 win in the junior varsity game.

The Bulldogs host Montgomery County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Union........................................31

N. Callaway basketball (JVG)....29

HERMANN — The Ladybirds were unable to get off a potential tying or winning shot in the final 6 seconds in Saturday’s third-place game at the Hermann Tournament.

Freshman guard Tara Oberlag delivered a team-high 14 points for North Callaway (1-2), which trailed 13-8 at halftime and 21-19 entering the fourth quarter. Freshman forward Kelsey Coil followed with eight points.

FMS basketball (7th-8th/G).......35

Moberly.....................................26

MOBERLY — The Lady Hornets outscored the Lady Spartans 12-2 in the third quarter Saturday to stay unbeaten.

Switching defenses, Fulton Middle School turned a 12-11 halftime deficit into a 23-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“We were a little sluggish in the first half,” Lady Hornets coach TJ Quick said. “At halftime we put in a different defense and the girls relaxed and calmed down. They executed the defense perfectly (in the third quarter); we came up with two or three quick steals and didn’t look back.”

Sloane Totta and NaShayla Brandt provided 12 points each to lead FMS (3-0). Brandt also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Lady Hornets host South Callaway at 6 p.m. Monday.

N. Callaway basketball (8th/G)...30

Hallsville......................................23

HALLSVILLE — Brittany Vaughn connected for a team-high 14 points Friday night in the Ladybirds’ seven-point triumph over the Lady Indians.

Ariel Branham chipped in with six points for North Callaway.

SCMS basketball (8th/B)............50

Harrisburg.................................31

MOKANE — Cory Hanger and Luke Horstman responded with 10 points apiece Thursday night to direct South Callaway Middle School in the battle of Bulldogs.

SCMS (7-3) carried a 24-15 advantage into halftime and outscored Harrisburg 26-16 in the second half to close out the victory.

Harrisburg.................................34

SCMS basketball (7th/B)............26

MOKANE — South Callaway Middle School was not able to overcome a 16-2 first-quarter deficit Thursday night in the matchup between Bulldogs.

Mason Shoemaker produced a team-high 12 points for SCMS (5-6), which was down 20-10 at halftime. Logan Taylor added six points.

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