Ladybirds thump Van-Far 56-20 for share of EMO title
Senior guard Jaida Gray led all players with 19 points as North Callaway locked up a share of the Eastern Missouri Conference title with a 56-20 bashing of Van-Far to close out its regular season on Friday night. They’re conference co-champions along with the Clopton Lady Hawks. “It feels really good,” Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller said. “I’m proud of the team, it was one of our goals we set forth at the beginning of the year. “I’m proud of the team and proud of the seniors.”
For three quarters, the South Callaway Bulldogs traded body blows with the state-ranked Eugene Eagles as a Show-Me Conference championship hung in the balance. But as the fourth quarter unfolded, the Bulldogs ran out of punches and the Eagles came in and landed a couple of knockout swings to capture the league crown. South Callaway was outscored 27-12 in the final eight minutes in bowing to the Eagles 59-42 in Friday night’s regular-season finale.
Fulton sophomore blanks Nevada’s Miller 6-0 at 113 pounds, Benner wrestled for state crown at 182 pounds later Saturday night
Josh McClure exhaled as he made the pronouncement, having just punctuated his perfect season in perfect style. Fulton’s 113-pound sophomore topped off a rare undefeated season at 34-0 by capturing his first state title at 113 pounds with a 6-0 decision over Nevada sophomore Dayton Miller late Saturday afternoon in the Class 2 championships at Mizzou Arena.
Brinker scores 32, Ladybirds bounce Lady Bulldogs 51-42
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker was “phenomenal” in the words of her coach Matt Miller, totaling a game-high 32 points and distributing five assists in the Ladybirds’ 51-42 victory over rival South Callaway on Thursday night.
Fulton in ninth place in Class 2 stadnings
Fulton head wrestling coach Eric Hudson made no attempt to mask his dismay. Mind you, five Hornets had just advanced to today’s quarterfinals and three others dodged elimination with victories in first-round wrestlebacks in Thursday’s opening round of the Class 2 state championships at Mizzou Arena.
Ladybirds falter in fourth quarter, suffer first EMO setback
BOWLING GREEN — The North Callaway Ladybirds’ seemingly safe lead disappeared in a disastrous fourth quarter.
Hornets set to get down to Class 2 title pursuit
Josh McClure doesn’t mince words when assessing potential.
Hornets tumble to Kirksville 63-56 in NCMC loss
Junior guard Ricky Dawson guided the Hornets with a game-high 22 points, but Fulton’s flat third quarter was their downfall in a 63-56 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Lady Owls remain unbeaten after pair of Top 25 victories
William Woods toppled No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 24 Friends University on Saturday to cap off its undefeated run at the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament. The Lady Owls bested Oklahoma Baptist 4-1 to close out the tournament and got past Friends 6-1 in the day’s first contest.
Missouri School for the Deaf are tournament champions once again. Senior guard Nick Jones scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field in the Eagles’ 53-46 dispatching of the Minnesota Academy of the Deaf Trojans in the championship game of the 24th annual Great Plains School for the Deaf Tournament on Saturday on the MSD campus.
State championships start Thursday in Columbia
The Fulton Hornets have the pieces in place to be a legitimate part of the conversation again of prospective contenders for a Class 2 state wrestling team title. With senior Paul Books and sophomores Josh McClure and Zach Benner locking up individual titles at the District 2 championships late Saturday afternoon in Mexico, Fulton qualified nine wrestlers for the state championships later this week in Columbia.
MEXICO — The Fulton Hornets qualified nine wrestlers for this week's state meet on Saturday at the Class 2, District 2 championships.
Ladybirds use fast start to sink Silex 49-34
North Callaway took control by going up 22-6 after one quarter and the Ladybirds remained unbeaten in the Eastern Missouri Conference with a 49-34 victory over Silex on Thursday night. North Callaway (16-5, 6-0 EMO) owned a 29-15 advantage at halftime and outscored Silex 10-4 in the third quarter to stretch its advantage to 39-19.
Sizzling second half launches Lady Owls past Missouri Baptist
The William Woods University Lady Owls shot a blistering 57 percent in the second half to key their 74-61 American Midwest Conference win over Missouri Baptist University on Saturday. The game was a 27-all stalemate at halftime, but Missouri Baptist led by as many four points in the early minutes of the second half. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine’s layup with 14 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game put William Woods (17-8, 10-7 AMC) in front to stay at 43-41. The Lady Spartans closed within 48-46 with 11:35 to go, but the Lady Owls answered with a 9-1 run over the next 4:09 to stretch their advantage out to 10 points. William Woods extended its lead to as many as 19 points on freshman forward Kennedy Volkart’s jumper with 3:24 remaining as the Lady Owls made 17-of-30 shots in the second half and were a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during that span.
Totta, Lady Hornets halt two-game skid
Fulton sophomore guard Sloane Totta knocked down a game-high 27 points and the Lady Hornets stopped a two-game losing streak with a 61-40 non-conference romp over Montgomery County on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton broke out to a 21-9 advantage after one quarter, carried a 38-16 lead into the break and was in front 53-28 entering the fourth quarter. “We wanted to start off the game on fire, and that’s what we did,” Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said. “In the last three or four games we’ve been sluggish in the first quarter. “From the (opening) tip, we took it to them …” Totta also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and came up with five steals as Fulton raised its season record to 7-13. Sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Kelley paces New Bloomfield with game-high 13
NEW BLOOMFIELD — Junior forward Ashley Kelley logged a game-high 13 points and the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats controlled the fourth quarter in rallying for a 44-37 non-conference victory over Bunceton on Wednesday night.
T-Birds take down Wildcats with late run
North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf broke out for a career-high 35 points and the Thunderbirds used a critical 12-0 run down the stretch to topple Montgomery County in a 75-65 EMO win Tuesday night. North Callaway trailed by two points with about 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game when it produced the pivotal run over the next 3 minutes to go up by 10. The game was tied at 39-all at halftime and Montgomery County took a 53-51 edge into the fourth quarter, before the Thunderbirds outscored the Wildcats 24-12 to claim the victory. North Callaway committed only 12 turnovers, after piling up 25 in an 83-68 loss to Montgomery County on Jan. 16 in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
Blue Jays topple Fontbonne for SLIAC victory
Freshman forward Tanner Gentges’ free throw with 43 seconds left completed the Blue Jays’ comeback in their 78-75 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Fontbonne Griffins on Saturday. Westminster (13-8, 10-4) won for a fifth-straight game despite trailing 39-34 at halftime and seeing that deficit climb to double digits in the second half. Fontbonne’s Blake Welch knocked down a 3-pointer with 11:24 to go in the second half to push his team’s lead out to 59-49. Two free throws from senior guard Joe James got the Blue Jays to within 71-70 with 2:27 left, but the Griffin’s lead went back up to three on Richard Dorhauer’s free throws with 1:37 remaining. Westminster tied the game at 73-all on junior Brandon Moore’s 3 with 1:22 to go then took the lead its next time down the floor on Gentges’ free throws.
Bulldogs top state-ranked Salisbury for Sturgeon title
South Callaway’s ninth-straight win came with a tournament title. Junior guards Corey Hanger and Troy Hentges both tallied a team-high 17 points in the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ 62-57 win over the No. 2 Salisbury Panthers in the championship game of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The tournament title game was postponed by one week due to inclimate weather and is the South Callaway’s first tournament-title victory since winning the 2002 South Callaway Tournament. The Bulldogs (16-3) knocked off the Panthers — last year’s Class 2 state champion — for their 13th win in their last 14 contests.
Scherder logs double-double, pushes Lady Owls past Park
Senior guard Katie Scherder scored 22 points and grabbed a school-record 25 rebounds in the William Woods University Lady Owls’ 71-64 American Midwest Conference triumph over Park University on Saturday at Anderson Arena. William Woods (16-7, 9-6 AMC) — winners of three in a row — broke a 26-all halftime tie by outscoring Park 45-38 in the second half. The Lady Owls shot just 36 percent as a team (16-of-44) and prevailed despite committing 26 turnovers. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine added 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and junior guard Blake French totaled 16 points.