Lady Hornets fall to Helias, end season in district semifinals
Head coach TJ Quick feels like her Fulton Lady Hornets gave one away. No. 5 seed Fulton got outscored by top-seeded Helias Lady Crusaders 31-19 in the second half, ending their season with a 43-36 loss in the Class 4, District 8 semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
New Bloomfield wears down in fourth quarter as state-ranked Lady Bulldogs take control
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead didn’t feel like his team let the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs hang around. In fact, Craighead couldn’t think of much else his Lady Wildcats could have done except to shoot the ball just a bit better. “I think we did all we could,” Craighead said. “I thought we played really well the first half, we didn’t shoot the ball well the whole game, but we played hard — and the third and fourth quarter we went absolutely cold.” New Bloomfield was knotted in a 24-all tie with No. 5 New Franklin, but faded in the final quarter as it fell to the Lady Bulldogs 46-39 in Class 2 sectional play Wednesday night at Jefferson City High School’s Fleming Fieldhouse.
Lady Hornets surge past Marshall, advance to District 8 semifinals
Fulton Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said her team would need to be focused from the moment it arrived if it wanted to extend the season. The Lady Hornets did just that. Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as fifth-seeded Fulton topped No. 4 Marshall 47-32 in the first round of the Class 4, District 8 Tournament on Tuesday night.
Lost to state-ranked Lady Bulldogs in Sturgeon semifinals
Low expecations from the outside are breeding low pressure on the inside for the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats. That’s a welcome sight for head coach Brett Craighead. “I think it’s kind of loosened them up and they’ve been really determined the last week or so,” Brett Craighead said during practice Tuesday afternoon at the high school. New Bloomfield (15-11) — the team nobody thought would be here — now has to take down a team many picked to be at this point in the fifth-ranked New Franklin Lady Bulldogs (26-1) in a Class 2 sectional at 6 tonight at Jefferson City High School. The winner moves on to face either Clopton or Knox County in a state quarterfinal at noon Saturday at Moberly Area Community College.
Will play state-ranked New Franklin in Class 2 sectional Wednesday night
RUSSELLVILLE — New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead wasn’t too happy as his Lady Wildcats went into halftime.
Lady Hornets fall in regular-season finale
Sophomore guard Sloane Totta paced Fulton with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Hornets fell to rival Mexico 48-34 in Thursday night’s regular-season finale at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
T-Birds’ season ends with a 57-39 district loss to Winfield
The fourth-seeded Thunderbirds logged just three second-quarter points in their season-ending 57-39 loss to No. 5 Winfield in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 touranment on Tuesday night.
Ladybirds top Wildcats 53-24 in District 6 opener
Junior guard Elaine Brinker led second-seeded North Callaway with 13 points in the Ladybirds’ 53-24 victory over No. 7 Wright City in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Monday evening. North Callaway (20-6) will play either No. 3 Christian or No. 6 Montgomery County in semifinal play at 7:30 Wednesday.
Lady Owls drop first two games at Alabama Artic Blast
The Lady Owls fell to No. 9 Bellhaven 3-1 in their second game at Alabama Artic Blast on Friday. William Woods scored its lone run against Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh inning and already trailing 3-0. Junior catcher Grace Fritz singled in sophomore shortstop Shelby LeCuru, but it would be all the Lady Owls could do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tough few days at the US Bank/Rolla Holiday Tournament ended on a bright note for the Fulton. Junior guard Ricky Dawson erupted for a game-high 30 points to power the Hornets to a 67-58 victory over the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals in the seventh-place game on Saturday afternoon. Dawson converted 11-of-13 free throw attempts and the Hornets shot 26-for-36 from the line as a team in ending their three-game losing streak.
Fulton gives up lead in fourth quarter, loses fifth in a row
Sloane Totta and NaShayla Brandt registered double-digit scoring performances for Fulton but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Hornets fell to St. Clair 60-56 on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the US Bank/Rolla Invitational tournament at Rolla High School.