Volkart, Lady Owls hammer Stephens in AMC blowout
COLUMBIA — Points were in surplus again for the William Woods University Lady Owls, and came from just about everyone.
Hornet wrestlers deal Blair Oaks first loss in state-ranked face-off
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.
South Callaway head coach Tony Brandt sees potential in his Bulldogs. It’s not on display every game, but there are glimpses nonetheless. For example, it didn’t show up in a 51-41 loss to fifth-seeded North Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament last Monday night. It did, however, shine through in a 73-35 win over No. 8 seed Russellville in the consolation semifinals last Wednesday night. As for Friday night’s fifth-place game against New Bloomfield? “Tonight was an example — a kind of indication — of what we could do,” Brandt said.
Ladybirds get Hermann rematch for South Callaway title
The North Callaway Ladybirds will be looking to add another tournament title to their collection, while setting up a much-anticipated rematch with the Hermann Lady Bearcats. North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray posted a game-high 15 points and the No. 2 seed Ladybirds eased past No. 6 Russellville 53-40 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
Wildcats' pivotal runs sink T-Birds in South Callaway semifinals
MOKANE — The lapse wasn’t lengthy, but it was too much for the North Callaway Thunderbirds to survive.
Lady Owls hammer Benedictine 88-55
The William Woods University Lady Owls took out their recent frustrations on the Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) Lady Bulldogs. Freshman center Kennedy Volkart produced 16 points and William Woods stopped a two-game losing streak with an 88-55 dismantling of Benedictine in an American Midwest Conference matchup Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.
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.
Burgess, Owls hold Missouri Baptist 77-66
Senior guard Blake Burgess’ team-high 18 points sparked William Woods to a 77-66 American Midwest Conference conquering of the Missouri Baptist Spartans on Saturday at Anderson Arena. Burgess converted 5-of-10 field goals to pace an Owl offense that featured two other double-digit scorers and shot 52.1 percent (25-for-48) from the field. Senior guard Jonathon Nutt scored 11 points, including a 6-for-8 clip from the free throw line while senior forward Seth Thomas also added 11 points and hit 3-of-4 from 3-point range and collected eight rebounds.
T-Birds get by Bulldogs at South Callaway tourney
North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf led all players with 16 points in leading the No. T-Birds to a 51-41 win over the No. 4 South Callaway Bulldogs in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament on Monday night. North Callaway (5-5) will now play the top seed and state-ranked Montgomery County Wildcats on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The Wildcats —ranked No. 5 in the MBCA/MOsports.com Class 3 state poll — throttled the No. 8 Russellville Indians 95-39 in its first round game on Monday.
No. 25 Lady Owls tumble to second straight loss
The William Woods University Lady Owls officially find themselves stuck in a rare slump. Missouri Baptist University outscored No. 25 William Woods 8-5 over the final 2:26 on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Spartans turned back the Lady Owls 87-84 in an American Midwest Conference matchup at Anderson Arena. William Woods — which trailed 42-39 at halftime but led by as many as seven points early in the second half — suffered its second loss in a row and third in the last four games in slipping to 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the AMC. Missouri Baptist, with its reserves outscoring the Lady Owls’ backups 52-23, improved to 5-8 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
Fulton head coach TJ Quick preaches her desire to see her team play “Hornet basketball” each and every time out. The Lady Hornets’ North Central Missouri Conference clash with the Boonville Lady Pirates, unfortunately, was not what she had in mind. Fulton was blitzed early on by Boonville’s size and defensive pressure, and never quite got in sync as the Lady Hornets were roughed up by the Lady Pirates 71-41 on Saturday afternoon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Vandelicht, Hentges carry Bulldogs to 49-43 win over Thunderbirds
Cody Vandelicht and Troy Hentges mirrored each other with complementary halves of strong offense to keep the South Callaway Bulldogs’ surge on track. Vandelicht, a senior forward, connected for 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to help carry South Callaway to a 49-43 win over the North Callaway Thunderbirds on Friday night.
Junior guard stays hot with game-high 24 in 69-48 rout of Bobcats
With a clear path to the basket and Fulton in front by 24 points in the third quarter, Hornets junior guard Ricky Dawson saw his chance to add a crowd-pleasing dunk to an already impressive outing against the Bowling Green Bobcats. The plan didn’t quite work out for Dawson on the way up, though. The shot started as an attempted slam, but ended up as Dawson executing a very exciting, one-handed layup to push Fulton’s comfortable advantage to 47-21. “Very close,” Dawson said of the try. “It just slipped out of my hand.” “He always says the ball slips out of his hands,” Fulton head coach Ryan Shaw said with a chuckle. “I’ll simply say this about Ricky’s dunk: he’s lucky (the ball) went in. “That’s all I have to say about that.”
“A tough pill to swallow.” That’s how North Callaway Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller described losing on a last-second shot from midcourt and it’s hard to argue with the sentiment. Hermann senior guard Karinne Lane sunk a desperation heave from 30 feet away as time expired, shocking the state-ranked Ladybirds as the top-ranked Lady Bearcats escaped with a 59-56 victory Thursday night.
Bristol's forfeit win at 285 gives Fulton 36-34 NCMC win over Class 3-ranked Pirates
For the Fulton Hornets wrestling team, mass mattered most in rallying to retain its unbeaten status. Sophomores Zach Benner and Kobe Kaminski sparked Fulton’s comeback with pinfall wins at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively, and the Hornets overcame a 22-0 deficit to clip Class 3-ranked Hannibal 36-34 in an NCMC dual on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Lady Hornets stop seven-game slide, topple Marshall
The Fulton Lady Hornets were more than happy to flip the calendar, eager for a fresh start.
Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine guided all players with 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds in lifting the No. 25 Williams Woods University Lady Owls to a 56-42 defeat of Williams Baptist College in American Midwest Conference play Tuesday night.
Four Owls finished in double figures and William Woods connected on 50 percent of its free throws in securing an 81-73 American Midwest Conference win over the Park University Pirates on Saturday at Breckon Sports Center.
South Callaway rolls to third straight win
Junior guard Cory Hanger delivered a game-high 19 points and South Callaway rode a sizzling first half to an impressive 77-50 Show-Me Conference victory over St. Elizabeth on Friday night.
Junior guard Elaine Brinker responded with a game-high 15 points and North Callaway took control behind a strong second quarter as the Ladybirds overpowered Southern Boone 53-34 on Monday night. North Callaway was only up 11-9 after one quarter, but gained some separation by outscoring Southern Boone 18-2 in the second quarter to extend its lead to 29-11 at halftime. The Ladybirds also outscored the Lady Eagles 14-13 in the third quarter and carried a 43-24 advantage into the final 8 minutes.