Lady Hornets’ fourth-quarter rally falls short in Eldon loss

The Fulton Lady Hornets were unable to close out a fourth-quarter comeback in Tuesday night’s 49-42 loss to Eldon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Fulton trailed 34-23 going into the final period and outscored Eldon 19-15 over the final 8 minutes, but were unable to overtake the Lady Mustangs.

The loss was the second straight for the Lady Hornets, who slipped to the .500 mark at 4-4.

“If we worked like we did the last few minutes, the game would have been closer,” Fulton assistant coach Ashley Windmiller said.

Junior guard Corri Hamilton led the Lady Hornets with a game-high 16 points and junior guard Rachel Washington contributed nine. Hamilton, senior forward Liz Foreman and sophomore guard Bailey Mitchell all fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“(Eldon) was back in a real tight zone (defense) and we had trouble getting the ball in the middle,” Windmiller said. “They were really quick and we were sluggish coming down the court at times.”

Kelsi Mueller paced the Lady Mustangs with 15 points, while Jordyn Schmidt and Megan Humphrey provided 10 apiece.

Fulton hosts a North Central Missouri Conference matchup against Hannibal at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3.

New Bloomfield basketball (VG)...55

Southern Boone.............................50

NEW BLOOMFIELD — The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Eagles 29-15 over the second and third quarters combined in Tuesday night’s victory.

New Bloomfield was down 15-9 after one quarter, but outscored Southern Boone by an identical 15-9 tally in the second quarter to tie the game 24-24 at halftime. The Lady Wildcats then outscored the Lady Eagles 14-6 in the third quarter to establish a 38-30 advantage.

Senior guard Elizabeth Clark — who was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line overall — connected for 19 points to guide New Bloomfield (4-5). Junior forward Chelsea Wiler also supplied 18 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

“After about the first four minutes, we played probably our most complete game of the season,” Lady Wildcats head coach Brett Craighead said. “Once we got used to their speed, we attacked their man (defense) and we got them into foul trouble.”

Alyssa Sapp finished with 19 points to lead Southern Boone and Jaci Lowrey had 10.

New Bloomfield was coming off a 52-49 Show-Me Conference loss at St. Elizabeth on Monday night. The Lady Wildcats played without starting senior guard Sarah Moore, who was sick. Moore averages close to 7.0 points per game.

Wiler delivered a game-high 16 points for New Bloomfield, followed by junior guard Kelsey Jaegers with 14 and Clark scored 11.

Erin Struemph paced St. Elizabeth with 15 points.

The Lady Wildcats (3-0) — behind freshman guard Bethany Craighead’s 14 points — triumphed 44-40 in Monday night’s junior varsity game. Freshman guard Shelby Bailey chipped in with 11 points and freshman center Abby Haas provided 10.

New Bloomfield plays at South Callaway at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3.

FMS basketball (8th/B).................45

Warrenton....................................29

WARRENTON — The Hornets took control by outscoring the Warriors 18-4 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win.

The game was tied 18-18 at halftime and Warrenton was up 27-25 at the end of the third quarter, before Fulton Middle School easily pulled in front to stay.

Sam Christensen and James Pittman produced 10 points apiece to spur the Hornets (4-5). Christensen also collected nine rebounds and had six blocks, while Pittman handed out four assists and came up with three steals.

FMS basketball (8th/G)................31

Warrenton......................................8

WARRENTON — The Lady Hornets bolted to a 16-0 lead after one quarter in easing to the convincing victory Tuesday night.

DeAjahnae Mitchell tallied a team-high seven points for Fulton Middle School (6-3). Alanya Lawson and Tyrina Goodwin pulled down five and four rebounds, respectively, to pace the Lady Hornets on the boards.

Southern Boone...........................33

N. Callaway basketball (8th/G)....31

KINGDOM CITY — Danielle Cassidy’s potential game-winning shot fell short as time ran out in the Ladybirds’ season-ending loss last Saturday.

Cassidy topped North Callaway with 14 points and Brittany Vaughn added seven.

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