The Exeter Lady Tigers are on a huge roll, playing their best basketball at the very best time, according to Coach Jason Cole.
This weekend, the Lady Tigers earned another tournament championship, this time taking home the top trophy from the Lady Warrior Classic at McAuley High School in Joplin.
Exeter won the championship game by downing East Newton, a Big 8 Conference team, 44-35.
"We're starting to really come together and play like a team," said Coach Cole. "The girls gave a good effort. It wasn't our best offensive effort against East Newton but we still played well enough defensively to win."
The game got off to a slow start offensively with Exeter leading 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers came on stronger in the second quarter, outscoring East Newton 11-6 to take a 17-11 lead into the half-time locker room.
In the second half, East Newton picked up the pace but were unable to take the lead from the consistent Lady Tigers. Exeter outscored East Newton 27-24 in the final two quarters to take the win.
Freshman Whitney Edie scored 16 points to lead Exeter. Other scoring was provided by Ashley Porter and Janelle Scott with 9 each, deAnna Harris with 6 and Kendale Savage and Kendra Divine with 2 each.
In earlier tournament action, the Lady Tigers dominated the Joplin B squad 73-57. Scoring in that game was provided by Edie with 25, Harris with 14, Porter, Savage and Scott with 8 each; Divine with 6 and Chelsey Brattin and Alisha Scott 2 each.
Exeter also defeated Seneca, another Big 8 team, 54-43. In that game, Harris led all scorers with 21 points. Others adding to the point total for the Lady Tigers were Savage 13, Edie 13 and Brattin, Divine and Porter 2 each.
The Exeter girls' squad now enjoys an 18-1 overall record. The Lady Tigers' only loss of the season came at the hands of Chadwick, who won the Class 1 state championship last season.