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Andrews, No. 22 Lady Owls wear down Williams Baptist

Junior guard Sharron Andrews connected for a game-high 21 points Tuesday night, steering the No. 22 William Woods University Lady Owls to a 62-50 AMC win over Williams Baptist (Ark.) College at Anderson Arena.

Andrews finished 7-of-10 from the field — including 1-of-2 from 3-point range — and was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line as William Woods improved to 24-2 overall and 11-1 in the American Midwest Conference. The victory was the fourth straight for the Lady Owls, who also coasted to a 78-56 win over Williams Baptist on Jan. 15 at Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Senior forward Rachel Baker — who earlier Tuesday was named the AMC player of the week — added 12 points for William Woods on Tuesday night. Baker and junior center Miranda Loesch shared game honors with 10 rebounds apiece to guide the Lady Owls to a 44-36 advantage on the boards.

William Woods controlled the interior, outscoring Williams Baptist 36-20 in the paint. The Lady Owls shot just 37 percent (23-of-63) as a team and were plagued by 21 turnovers.

Courtney Sublett — who had three 3-pointers — and Kala Tyus paced the Lady Eagles (18-6, 7-4) with 13 points apiece. Williams Baptist also struggled from the field, shooting a woeful 32 percent (18-of-56) while committing 24 turnovers.

Baker, a native of Mexico, Mo., earned the AMC player honor for the period of Feb. 7-13. She logged a double-double — 22 points and 15 rebounds — in William Woods’ 70-56 AMC win at Hannibal-LaGrange University on Feb. 10.

Baker also had three steals, an assist and a blocked shot in the victory. Entering Tuesday night’s game, she was ranked in the top five in the AMC in scoring (14.7 points per game), rebounding (7.2 pg), field-goal percentage (45.7), steals (2.3 pg), and blocked shots (1.7 pg).

The Lady Owls travel to Park University for an AMC matchup at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. William Woods upended Park 64-54 on Jan. 20 in Fulton.

N. Bloomfield basketball (VB)..........60

Russellville........................................49

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior guard Aaron Bedsworth produced a game-high 25 points as the Wildcats picked up the Show-Me Conference victory Tuesday night.

New Bloomfield built a 17-8 lead after one quarter and carried a 34-24 advantage into halftime. The Wildcats were in front 42-32 to start the fourth quarter.

Sophomore forward Greg Bedsworth also tallied 16 points for New Bloomfield, which earned its second win in a row.

The Wildcats travel to Show-Me foe St. Elizabeth at 6 p.m. Thursday.

William Woods basketball (M).........84

Williams Baptist...............................77

The Owls’ bench outscored the Eagles’ reserves 32-15 in Tuesday night’s AMC comeback win at Anderson Arena.

Junior forward Andrew Miller put up 18 points to pace four players in double figures for William Woods University, which overcame a 44-40 halftime deficit.

The victory was the second in a row for the Owls, who improved to 11-15 on the season and 5-6 in the American Midwest Conference. William Woods overpowered Williams Baptist 87-72 on Jan. 15 at Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Freshman guard Jonathon Nutt — who was 3-of-5 from 3-point range — and sophomore guard Logan Decker supplied 15 points apiece for the Owls on Tuesday night.

Sophomore forward Elliott Black contributed 13 points for William Woods, which shot 49 percent (29-of-59) as a team and finished with 12 turnovers. Nutt also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds as the Owls owned a 37-31 advantage on the boards.

Kyle Harvey answered with a game-high 20 points to guide four players in double figures for Williams Baptist (9-13, 2-7). Wes Livingston was next with 18 points, Marcus Massey added 13 and Alan Williams had 11. The Eagles shot 48 percent (30-of-62) from the field and ended up with 19 turnovers.

William Woods visits No. 24 Park University for an AMC contest at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Owls will be looking to avenge a 74-60 loss to Park on Jan. 20 in Fulton.

Community R-6.................................33

N. Bloomfield basketball (VG)..........30

LADDONIA — The Lady Wildcats let a two-point lead midway through the fourth quarter slip out of their grasp in Monday night’s loss to the Lady Trojans.

After being down 20-11 at halftime, New Bloomfield outscored Community 12-4 in the third quarter to narrow the gap to 24-23.

Junior forward Chelsea Wiler led the Lady Wildcats (9-12) with 11 points.

“I was pleased with how we responded in the second half,” New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead said.

The Lady Wildcats junior varsity team (6-2) tripled up the Lady Trojans in their game, winning 33-11. Freshman forward Abby Haas topped all scorers with 17 points, while freshman guards Bethany Craighead and Shelby Bailey had seven apiece. Craighead also handed out 10 assists.

New Bloomfield hosts Russellville at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Culver-Stockton College.....................4

William Woods baseball.....................1

HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Owls, scoring their lone run in the top of the seventh inning, managed just four hits in Monday’s loss to the Wildcats.

Sophomore shortstop Jacob Harrison — a Fulton graduate — went 1-for-3 with a double for William Woods University (1-3). Senior left fielder Brant Radcliff was 0-for-3 but drove in the Owls’ only run, which was scored by senior second baseman Brady Farrington.

William Woods freshman starter Matt Thomas was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs — two earned — on four hits in three innings. Thomas struck out one and walked one.

The Owls play their home opener this weekend, a four-game series against Ashford University. The two teams square off in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday, followed by a noon doubleheader Saturday.

Pritchard to step down

as Blue Jays baseball coach

Westminster College head baseball coach Scott Pritchard has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the spring season.

Pritchard is 207-196 in 11 seasons with the Blue Jays and 292-229 overall in his 14-year career. He took over at Westminster in 1999 after serving as head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point for three years.

In his first two seasons at Westminster, Pritchard directed the Blue Jays to consecutive St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament. He is also a two-time SLIAC coach of the year.

Three Westminster athletes

win events at Missouri Valley

MARSHALL — Westminster College sophomore Victor Stichnot and freshmen Sarah Koestner and Sarah Oger posted first-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Indoor Invitational last Saturday.

Stichnot won the men’s 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 42.32 seconds, while Koestner took first in both the women’s 1,000 (3:19.23) and 1,600 (5:38.68). Oger prevailed in the 600 (1:49.92).

Sophomore Kaily Downey placed third in both the women’s 1,000 (3:31.16) and 1,600 (5:55.59).

Both Westminster teams compete in the University of Central Missouri Classic at Warrensburg at 11 a.m. Friday.

Four members of Callaway

YMCA swim team record

victories at Hannibal

HANNIBAL — Four members of the YMCA of Callaway County swim team won events in a Jan. 29 meet at the Hannibal YMCA.

Capturing first-place finishes for the Callaway YMCA were Fern Stevermer (50- and 100-meter freestyle, and 100 breaststroke), Kirstyn Case (25 freestyle and 25 butterfly), Brooke Gruenloh (200 freestyle), and Brooke Baysinger (200 intermediate).

Baysinger also came in second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle, while Gruenloh finished third in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Case also took second in the 50 freestyle.

Other place-finishers for the Callaway team included Ethan Nichols (second in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 freestyle), Jordyn Case (third in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke, and fourth in the 50 freestyle), Taylor Nichols (fourth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 freestyle), and Cody Case (fifth in the 50 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle).

The Callaway squad competes at Boonville on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Correction

It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday’s story on the Fulton Hornets wrestling team and the state championships that 140-pound senior Josh Curtis is a two-time qualifier. Curtis is a three-time qualifier.

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(Editor’s note: Josh Mosley — josh@fultonsun.com — contributed to this report.)

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