French's career day powers Lady Owls past AMC win
Junior guard Blake French tallied a career-high 21 points helping the Lady Owls to a 69-51 American Midwest Conference victory over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Saturday at Anderson Arena. French finished 8-of-13 from field went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and pulled down seven rebounds as William Woods snapped a two-game losing skid and rose to fifth place in the conference standings.
Ladybirds edge past Father Tolton 39-36 at Southern Boone Classic
Junior guard Elaine Brinker logged seven of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the second-seeded Ladybirds edged out the No. 7 Father Tolton Lady Trailblazers 39-36 in the first round of the 2014 Southern Boone Classic on Monday night. North Callaway (13-4) shot just 22 percent in the first half and rebounded from a 10-5 deficit after one quarter to trail just 19-16 at the end of the first half. The Ladybirds outscored the Lady Trailblazers 8-4 in the third quarter to grab a 24-23 lead after the third quarter and outpaced them 15-13 in the final 8 minutes. A Brinker 3-pointer with 36 seconds left gave North Callaway the lead for good at 37-35.
Fulton holds off Moberly 55-52
It seemed as though the Fulton Hornets were on their way to another uninspired third quarter. After leading the Moberly Spartans 23-21 at halftime on Friday night, the Hornets found themselves trailing by three points and on the short end of a 7-2 run by the Spartans with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third quarter. Then, in a matter of seconds, Fulton junior guard Ricky Dawson intercepted a pass at midcourt, motored toward the rim and finished the drive with a one-handed slam while drawing a foul — and a bloody nose — from Moberly senior guard Acie Seifert. “That energized us,” Hornets junior forward Austin Wilson said. “You know, for the whole game.”
Lady Hornets take charge in second half, down Moberly in NCMC win
All it took for the Fulton Lady Hornets was to become fully engaged. Fulton overcame a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring Moberly 17-5 in the third quarter, fueling the Lady Hornets to a 51-40 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Lady Spartans on Friday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. The victory was the second straight for Fulton (6-11, 3-2 NCMC), which outscored Moberly 29-12 in the second half. The Lady Hornets were down 28-22 at the break, but found their rhythm on offense in the third quarter by showing more assertiveness and carried a 39-33 advantage into the final 8 minutes.
Bulldogs to play for Sturgeon title
The sizzling South Callaway Bulldogs put themselves in position to play for a title. Fourth-seeded South Callaway advanced to the championship of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament by toppling host and top-seeded Sturgeon in an 82-74 semifinal victory Thursday night. The game was tied 20-20 after one quarter and South Callaway — which has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12 — owned slight leads of 42-41 at halftime and 60-59 going into the fourth quarter. South Callaway opened up a 74-64 advantage with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play.
Lady Wildcats stumble in second half, tumble in semis
STURGEON — After battling state-ranked and top-seeded New Franklin to a standoff in the first half, the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats didn’t react with the required resources to pull off the upset.
Hornets' rally runs out of time in Hannibal loss
Junior guard Ricky Dawson’s 22-footer at the buzzer fell short as the Fulton Hornets were edged out by the Hannibal Pirates 46-45 in a North Central Missouri Conference matchup Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Dawson accounted for a game-high 29 points as Fulton (5-12, 0-4 NCMC) erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Hornets led 19-16 at halftime before Hanniball went in front behind an 11-1 run to start the third quarter.
Totta’s 29 helps Lady Hornets top Hannibal 62-57
Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 15 of her game-high 29 points in the third quarter as Fulton outlasted the Hannibal Lady Pirates 62-57 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night. The Lady Hornets (5-11, 2-2) led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Hannibal outpaced them 19-9 in the second frame to Fulton into halftime down 29-25. “The effort, you could tell we were fighting,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “…Earlier in the season, we would have gotten down and shut down, but we fought through it.”
Lee, Blue Jays pull away from Eureka in overtime
Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points and Westminster outscored the Eureka Red Devils 16-5 in overtime to pull out an 82-71 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday. The Blue Jays (10-8, 7-4) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but pulled the game to 30-29 at halftime. Their deficit was as high as eight points in the second before a Lee jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left pulled the game to a 57-all tie. Westminster trailed by three with 2:23 to go when senior guard Joe James hit a layup and drew a foul from Red Devil forward Nick Finney. James completed the three-point play to knot the game back up at 62-62. Lee’s attempted 3-pointer on the next possession was off the mark and Eureka’s attempt to pull ahead on the other end resulted in a missed three and a missed layup off an offensive rebound. Joe James converted a layup out of a Blue Jay timeout with :30 left to give Westminster its first lead of the game at 64-62.
No. 2 Freed-Hardeman hammers Lady Owls
The William Woods University Lady Owls had no answer for the second-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University Lady Lions in a 94-57 American Midwest Conference loss at Anderson Arena on Saturday. William Woods (13-6, 6-5 AMC) led 4-3 with 17 minutes, 19 seconds left, before Freed-Hardeman erupted for a 15-0 run over the next 5:47. The Lady Lions stretched that deficit even further, eventually taking a 51-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Owls shot just 32 percent (18-of-57) from the field (18-of-57) and were led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s 13 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Julia Wells scored 11 points and junior guard Destani Stensrud added 10 as William Woods saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Fulton captures seven individual championships
The state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team’s fortunes fell on seven. Directed by unbeaten sophomore Josh McClure at 113 pounds, Fulton collected seven individual titles on Saturday as the Hornets charged to the championship of their own Jim Wallace Classic at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Bulldogs outlast Linn for fourth straight victory
The South Callaway Bulldogs made up for an off-night at the offensive end by displaying some defensive resolve. South Callaway took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and eventually edged Linn in a 56-53 SMC victory Thursday night despite being outscored by the Wildcats 19-15 over the final 8 minutes.
Behind by four points midway through the second quarter and carrying the momentum of a three-point play, the prospects were hopeful for the Fulton Hornets in their quest to upend the state-ranked Helias Crusaders. But from there, the Crusaders would kick it into another gear.
Lady Wildcats knock off state-ranked Tuscumbia
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead hopes his Lady Wildcats can maximize the benefits of this signature win. Junior guard Sydni Bedsworth and junior forward Taylor Howard provided 14 points apiece Thursday night as New Bloomfield handed Tuscumbia — ranked No. 2 in Class 1 — its first loss of the season, 60-51 in a Show-Me Conference encounter.
WESTPHALIA — South Callaway junior guard Troy Hentges connected for a game-high 18 points and the Bulldogs rode a dominant first half to a 72-58 Show-Me Conference victory over Fatima on Tuesday night.
Hornets can't recover from flat first half in 63-60 loss to Battle
The Fulton Hornets didn’t lose to the Battle Spartans in the final minutes or last few plays, according to head coach Ryan Shaw. Fulton undermined itself with an uninspired first half and a second-half rally came up short as the Hornets fell to Battle 63-60 on Tuesday night. Fulton (5-10) trailed 35-23 at the start of the third quarter and would fall behind by 15 points early in the period. Shaw put the Hornets in a zone defense to start the second half and decided to run junior guard Ricky Dawson along the baseline to open up opportunities for the rest of the offense.
North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons. “I’m honored that I have the opportunity to take over for Coach Emmons,” O’Neal said Monday. “He’s always been an idol of mine. “He’s a big reason why I got into teaching and coaching.”
North Callaway head coach Matt Miller had hoped this would go differently. Nine days after Hermann sunk North Callaway 56-53 on a desperation 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer, the Ladybirds got another crack at the Ladybirds in the championship of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament. And it was a different result — just not the one North Callaway wanted. In the second showdown between the two Class 3-ranked teams, the second-seeded Ladybirds’ disastrous shooting night washed away any notion of an upset as they fell to top-ranked and top-seeded Hermann 47-20 on Saturday night.
North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons.
Junior guard Elaine Brinker led the No. 2 seed Ladybirds with nine points in a 47-20 loss to the No. 1 Hermann Lady Bearcats in the girls' championship game of the South Callaway Tournament on Saturday night. North Callaway — ranked No. 10 in the latest MBCA/MOsports.com Class 3 poll — trailed 25-12 at halftime and got outscored 17-4 in the third quarter in falling to Hermann for the second time in three weeks. The Ladybirds fell on the road to the Lady Bearcats 56-53 on Jan. 9.