Fighting fatigue, the New Bloomfield Wildcats were no match for Eugene's 3-point barrage.
Alex Russell tallied a game-high 21 points to direct five players in double figures Wednesday night as Eugene throttled New Bloomfield 87-56 in a Show-Me Conference contest.
The Eagles knocked down 11 3-pointers, including seven in the first half to open up a 46-27 advantage at halftime. Eugene carried a 72-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats were coming off a long trip to New Haven - ranked No. 7 in Class 2 - on Tuesday night. New Bloomfield bowed to the Shamrocks 67-53.
Wildcats head coach Tyler Clark explained that his players appeared tired Wednesday night.
"We got in early foul trouble and we were just a step slow in our (defensive) rotation," Clark said. "This is what happens when you face a good team that plays an up-tempo style and you're not fresh."
Senior guard Kolby O'Dowd finished with a team-high 15 points for New Bloomfield, while senior guard Daniel Berry added 10.
The Wildcats - drawing the fifth seed - face No. 4 Paris at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Class 2, District 5 Tournament at Paris.
William Woods softball.................6
Senior designated player Chelsea Loethen had three hits and drove in two runs to pace the Owls in the first game of Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader against the visiting Lady Eagles.
The nightcap was suspended in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied 3-3. It will be concluded at a later date.
Loethen finished 3-for-4 in the opener as William Woods University (2-1) collected eight hits and overcame 12 stranded baserunners. Senior third baseman Audrey Crabtree went 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while junior center fielder Kelsey Schulte was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Senior left fielder Morgan Parkhurst and senior first baseman Courtney Wilkinson both had an RBI and scored a run for the Lady Owls. Senior catcher Kaycee Wyatt also contributed an RBI.
Freshman starter MacKenzie Bowden allowed two earned runs on just four hits to record the complete-game win for William Woods. Bowden (2-0) struck out four and weathered six walks.
Lady Blue Jays' Koestner
sets school mark in 800
WARRENSBURG - Westminster College freshman Sarah Koestner established an indoor school record in the women's 800 meters at the University of Central Missouri Classic on Feb. 18.
Koestner finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 27.39 seconds, surpassing the previous school record of 2:27.9 set in 1986. She also placed fourth in the 1,600 in 5:36.68 at the UCM Classic.
Freshman Sarah Ogar came in eighth in the 800 in 2:30.73, while sophomore Kaily Downey was ninth in the 1,600 in 5:51.75.
The meet was the school's final indoor competition of the season. Westminster begins its outdoor season at the Central Methodist Open in Fayette on March 19.
Fulton Kids Wrestling
Club picks up seven
titles at tournament
ST. LOUIS - Seven members of the Fulton Parks and Rec Kids Wrestling Club won championships in the weight classes of their respective age divisions at the Fox Tournament last Sunday.
Capturing titles from Fulton were Josh Dunmire, Jackson Caswell, Eli Henry, Milo Henry, Tucker Caswell, Isaiah Pani and Zoey Hrabovsky.
Second-place finishers were Jadon Henry and Sam Wood, while Trevor Dunmire and Matthew Breeden both took third.
Fulton club members won 28 of their 35 matches.