Fulton head coach Eric Hudson made sure his state-ranked Hornets wrestling team kept a handle on its excitement.
Fulton - ranked No. 6 in Class 2 by MissouriWrestling.com - erased a 15-point deficit by scoring the final 27 points as the Hornets handed Blair Oaks its first dual loss of the season 42-30 on Thursday night. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in Class 1.
Rebounding from a humbling 48-15 North Central Missouri Conference home loss to Class 2-ranked Kirksville last Tuesday night, Fulton also roughed up Centralia 52-18 in Thursday night's triangular. The Hornets raised their dual record to 15-2.
CALIFORNIA - The fifth-seeded Hornets, after leading by 22 points at one point in regulation, bowed to the No. 6 Yellowjackets in overtime Friday night in the fifth-place game of the California Tournament.
Southern Boone 61
CALIFORNIA - Katie Price banked in a putback as time expired Friday night, allowing the seventh-seeded Lady Eagles to stun the No. 5 Lady Hornets in the fifth-place game of the California Tournament.
Fulton was down 44-34 after being outscored by Southern Boone 13-6 in the third quarter. The Lady Hornets, though, assembled a furious rally in the fourth quarter and tallied 25 points. The game appeared to be headed to overtime when Fulton sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt dropped in a floater in the lane with 7.5 seconds left to tie the contest at 59-all.
After a timeout by the Lady Eagles, Faryn Griffin put up a 3-point attempt from the wing as time wound down. Griffin's shot didn't make it to the rim but found its way into the hands of Price, who promptly banked in her game-winner before the buzzer sounded.
New Bloomfield 36
MOKANE - The fifth-seeded Lady Wildcats managed just one field goal in the fourth quarter, falling to the No. 3 Lady Bulldogs on Friday night in the fifth-place game of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
New Bloomfield carried an 18-14 lead into halftime and was up 31-30 heading to the fourth quarter, but was outscored by state-ranked Harrisburg 10-5 over the final 8 minutes.
"I don't know if we lost our legs (to fatigue), but we missed a lot of easy shots," Lady Wildcats head coach Brett Craighead said of his squad's offensive funk. "I thought we played extremely hard, but we went cold in the fourth quarter.
South Callaway 59
Montgomery County 52
MOKANE - The seventh-seeded Lady Bulldogs fended off the No. 8 Lady Wildcats on Friday night in the seventh-place game of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.