The Exeter Lady Tigers competed in the Walnut Grove Tournament over break and went 3-1, beating Sheldon 59-32, Wheatland 45-44, Stockton (score not available) but losing to Walnut Grove 56-50 in the championship. Whitney Edie led scoring in the first two contests with 21 and 24 respectively. The Tigers move to 9-1 on the season and play at Southwest on Friday.
The Purdy Eagles played conference opponent Wheaton in the Southwest Tournament and won 66-57. After having big first and third quarters, the Bulldogs fought back but were unable to take the lead. Mason Roller led Purdy with 16 points and Derek Dailey tallied six assists. Purdy then played Pea Ridge, Ark., in a semi-final game. Pea Ridge had an excellent second and fourth quarter to put the game away at 58-49. Roller again led scorers with 17 and Blake Williams shot an impressive 4-4 from the free-throw line. In the third place game, the Eagles faced Pierce City and were edged 51-42. Roller led scoring with 15 and Ryan Veith had two blocks. Purdy's record now stands at 5-6 (2-1) and they will face Pierce City again on Friday.
Wheaton took on Exeter in during the Southwest Tournament this past week and won 62-41. The Bulldogs scored 22 in the first quarter and never looked back. Craig Davidson led the Bulldogs scoring with 16 and Keith Hayworth led Tiger scoring with 11. Wheaton also beat Cassville (see Wildcats article). Wheaton now moves to 6-4 on the season and will play at home against McAuley High School on Jan. 8.
Southwest played in their own tournament this past week and went 1-2, losing first to Eureka Springs (Ark.) 60-45. Codie Harmon led scoring with 19 points. Then the Trojans lost to Cassville (see Cassville boys article) but ended the tournament on a positive note as they got their first win of the season against rival Exeter, defeating the Tigers 86-58. For Southwest, Rocky Hall scored 25 points. The Trojans move to 1-8 on the season and Exeter to 0-8. The Tigers play next on Friday at Southwest.