Callaway Preps

Brinkers steers Ladybirds into semifinals at South Callaway

— North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker put up 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Tuesday night, fueling the second-seeded Ladybirds to a 47-29 win over No. 7 South Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

North Callaway was up 12-7 after one quarter and Brinker was responsible for 12 of the Ladybirds’ 15 points in the second quarter as they went into halftime with a 27-16 lead.

Battle 52

Fulton 32

CALIFORNIA —The fifth-seeded Lady Hornets were outscored by the No. 4 Lady Spartans 20-2 in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s first-round loss at the California Tournament.

Fulton was only down 32-30 entering the fourth quarter, but committed 10 of its 19 turnovers over the final 8 minutes.

Sophomore guard Sloane Totta paced the Lady Hornets (3-9) with 14 points.

Wrestling

Kirksville 48

Fulton 15

The Hornets managed wins in just three of 14 weight classes Tuesday night and suffered their first NCMC dual loss of the season to the Tigers at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Winners for Fulton (13-2, 3-1 North Central Missouri Conference) were sophomores Josh McClure and Trenton Clines at 113 and 138 pounds, respectively, and junior Taylor Gillooly at 170.

McClure pinned Kirksville’s Kaleb Cox in 3 minutes, 31 seconds, while Clines picked up a pinfall victory over Mason Robertson in 1:54. Gillooly scored a 5-3 decision over the Tigers’ Matt Kelly.

Boys’ basketball

Marshall 62

Fulton 48

CALIFORNIA — The fourth-seeded Hornets were on the rough end of a 17-0 second-quarter run in falling to the No. 5 Owls in the first round of the 80th-annual California Tournament on Tuesday night.

The game was tied 14-all after the first quarter before Marshall erupted offensively while flustering Fulton with its defensive pressure. The Owls — who edged the Hornets 64-62 in a North Central Missouri Contest on Jan. 8 in Fulton — went into halftime Tuesday night with a 34-20 advantage.

“We just fell apart in the second quarter,” Fulton head coach Ryan Shaw said. “… We hadn’t had much problem with the press this year, but Marshall started pressing and we started turning the ball over.

“We didn’t play very well; we did a poor job in almost every area.”

New Haven 36

New Bloomfield 32

MOKANE — The No. 7 seed Wildcats, victimized by the No. 2 Shamrocks’ slow tempo, were outscored 17-11 in the second half of Monday night’s first-round loss at the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

New Bloomfield — which lost at home to New Haven 56-33 on Jan. 3 — was in front 11-5 after one quarter Monday night and took a slim 21-19 edge into halftime. The Shamrocks outscored the Wildcats 10-7 in the third quarter to take a 29-26 advantage, then outlasted New Bloomfield 7-4 in the fourth quarter to escape with the victory.

Junior forward Brady Wiler scored a team-high nine points for the Wildcats (3-5) and senior forward Alex Cuneio contributed eight.

Kyle Ruediger logged a game-high 10 points to guide New Haven.

New Bloomfield squares off against No. 6 seed Hermann in the consolation-bracket semifinals at 7:30 tonight in the middle school gym. The Bearcats bowed to No. 3 seed Harrisburg 53-52 on a last-second basket in first-round play Monday night.

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