Wheaton girls surprise Exeter. The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs traveled to Exeter this past week and gave the Lady Tigers just a little more than they could handle. Wheaton leading by one at the half came up with just enough firepower to produce the upset victory. The game was an exciting one, especially after a fourth quarter that saw both teams score a combined 41 points. The Lady Bulldogs won 60-52 and notched an important win in their chase for the Ozark-7 title. For Wheaton, Haley Goostree had 18 points and five assists. Exeter's Whitney Edie had 26 points.
Lady Eagles score big. The Purdy Lady Eagles defeated conference opponent Thomas Jefferson by a score of 53-41. Sierra Pryor, who is third in southwest Missouri for free-throw percentage, and Breann Proctor led their team with 17 and 15 points respectively. Avery Roller also tallied four steals in the contest. Purdy also took on Golden City last week in a battle for third place in the tournament. The Lady Eagles had a strong second half to pull away and win 63-42. Pryor, who averages 16 points per game, led scoring with 18 and Roller had 16. Purdy now moves to 8-7 on the season and into fourth in the conference with a 2-2 record.
Southwest ladies continue to roll. The Lady Trojans traveled to Sarcoxie last week and destroyed the Lady Bears, winning 56-20. Southwest, who led 32-8 at halftime, was helped by Brittany Clifton's 13 points. The Lady Trojans move to 11-1 (5-1) on the season.
Lady Tigers beat Bears Exeter traveled to Galena to face a good Lady Bears' team. After it was all tied up at half, Edie took over for Exeter, scoring 20 of the team's 29 second-half points and leading the Lady Tigers to a 51-40 victory. Edie would end up with 29 points on the night. Exeter now moves to 8-3 on the season but drops into third in the Ozark 7 at 3-2.
Lady Bulldogs' offense struggles. Wheaton was unable to get past a tough conference opponent, McAuley Catholic, and lost 42-23. Megan Littlefield led Wheaton with 7 points. The team now moves to 8-8 overall and fifth in the Ozark 7 at 3-4.
Southwest starts and ends well. The Trojans stayed home this week and welcomed College Heights Christian School. Despite a good beginning, Southwest found itself trailing by six after the third quarter, but an outstanding finish left the Trojans the victors at 58-55. Codie Harmon and Rocky Hall both came up with double-doubles, tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Josh Hartin also provided 11 points on 7-7 shooting from the line and had five steals. Southwest's record now stands at 3-10 (1-4).
Eagles split games. Purdy faced off against Liberal in the consolation game of the Golden City tournament last week. Liberal had a six-point lead after the first frame, but Purdy outscored them in every other quarter and won 47-30. In their other game this week, the Eagles would just miss the opportunity to knock off undefeated Thomas Jefferson, eventually losing 41-46. Leading scorer for the Eagles was Blake Williams with 14. Purdy now moves to 9-8 on the year and holds on to third place in the Ozark 7 with a 3-2 conference record.
Exeter lose to Blue Eye. In a home game, the Exeter Tigers took on the Bulldogs from Blue Eye. The Bulldogs started quickly and never allowed the Tigers to get back in it, winning 80-28. Exeter falls to 0-12 (0-6) on the season.
Bulldogs fall in tourney. Wheaton competed in the Crane Tournament last week and lost two games. The Bulldogs fell first to Forsyth by a score of 69-39. Jacob Hughes and Jon Pendergraph each had 10 for Wheaton. The Bulldogs then took on Fordland and lost 44-47 in a heartbreaker. Wheaton falls to 8-6 (3-2) on the year.