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.
Brinker, Ladybirds scramble past Hallsville in OT
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker delivered a remarkable effort and the Ladybirds responded with a riveting comeback. Brinker’s game-high 28 points were two shy of a tournament record as No. 2 seed North Callaway rallied to force overtime, then outlasted No. 6 Hallsville for a 58-55 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the Southern Boone Classic. The Ladybirds were down 46-42 with 13 seconds to play in regulation when senior guard Tara Oberlag hit a basket to cut the deficit to two points. North Callaway then forced a turnover, Brinker was fouled with :11 remaining and she sank both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity to tie the game. Hallsville committed another turnover with :01.1 to go, but the Ladybirds were unable to get off a potential game-winning shot. North Callaway put the game away in overtime at the foul line, hitting 8-of-12 attempts while outscoring the Lady Indians 12-9.
Lutz becomes Lady Blue Jays' all-time scoring leader in win
Senior guard Leigh Ann Lutz tallied a game-high 25 points and became Westminster College’s all-time leading scorer in the Lady Blue Jays’ 81-71 SLIAC home win over Greenville (Ill.) College on Wednesday night.
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.