Area Basketball Roundup
Lady Tigers stamp out competition. The Exeter Girls played two games this week and won both. In their first match-up, they took on Thomas Jefferson out of Joplin in a conference game. Exeter won 73-49. In their second game, the Lady Tigers took on another conference opponent, Verona. Exeter had no problems in this game, leading 41-10 at halftime. A fourth quarter comeback did not phase them and the Lady Tigers won 56-42. Whitney Edie led all scorers in the game with 25. Bulldogs roll over conference opponents. The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs won both of their games this week, taking down two conference opponents. In the first game, Wheaton downed Verona, pulling away in the fourth frame to win 50-38. For Wheaton, Megan Littlefield scored 12 points and Haley Goostree had nine assists. Next, the Lady Bulldogs faced Thomas Jefferson. Wheaton started the game strong and was never really threatened by TJ, eventually winning 38-18. Jessica Laughary scored 12 points on 6-6 shooting from the line, and Johanna Baker grabbed 11 rebounds.
Southwest wins close games. The Lady Trojans played one league game this week and one non-league game with both games ending in victories. Southwest hosted the Galena Lady Bears first and got a good contest. Ahead only by one after three quarters of play, the home team edged out Galena and won 61-57. Jessica Mitchell had a very good game, scoring 22 and tallying 14 rebounds. Brittany Clifton scored 17 and also had 14 rebounds. As a team, the Lady Trojans got to the line 30 times and grabbed 48 rebounds. In their second game, Southwest took on conference opponent McAuley Catholic. A strong third quarter put the Lady Trojans firmly in control and they won 47-39. Mitchell led her team with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Purdy warms to .500. The Purdy Lady Eagles played two games this week and split them to leave them at .500 for the week, overall and in the conference. Purdy took on Billings early in the week, and despite falling behind early, pulled to within 5 at 37-32, but did not complete the comeback, falling 56-44. Avery Roller led Purdy with 18 points. Last Thursday, Purdy traveled to Joplin to take on McAuley Catholic. McAuley jumped out to a quick lead, but Purdy continued to chip away and overtook the Lady Warriors 47-43. Roller again led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Sierra Pryor also had 16 points and four steals.
Eagles slip past Warriors. The Purdy boys played only one game this week, hosting the McAuley Warriors last Friday for homecoming. After being down at the end of the third quarter, Purdy came back and won 46-44. Mason Roller led Purdy with 17 points. Wheaton boys improve record. The Wheaton Bulldogs played a full week, facing three different teams. To start, they played College Heights at home. The Bulldogs held on and won 49-45. Craig Davidson played big for Wheaton, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Chris Musick also had a good night with 14 points and five steals. The very next night Wheaton played host to conference opponent Verona. The Wildcats played tough against the home team, but ultimately Wheaton came through, winning 28-26. Sean Crane led his team with 10 points and Musick had five assists. Another game at home wrapped up the week for the Bulldogs, but a tough Thomas Jefferson team left Wheaton with a 50-47 loss. Musick led Wheaton with 12 points.
Exeter comes up short. The Exeter Tigers, fresh off their first victory of the season, dropped both games. In their first game, Exeter took on conference-leading Thomas Jefferson and held tough throughout, but still lost 67-54. Freshman Zach Wubker led the Tigers with 16 points. In their second game. Exeter took on Verona. The Tigers got behind early in the contest and could never catch up, losing 59-33. Wubker again led the Tigers, this time with 18.
Trojans fall to Warriors and 'Dogs. Southwest competed in two games this week. The first was against conference rival McAuley Catholic. The Trojans were within reach at half (32-24), but fell away in the third quarter, eventually losing 79-57. Levi Roberts had 13 for the Trojans. In their second game of the week, Southwest hosted the Blue Eye Bulldogs. The visitors came out firing on all cylinders and then cruised to the 70-54 victory. Roberts again led his team in points with 18.