Area Roundup

Thursday, February 22, 2007

• Eagles defend home court. The Purdy Eagles faced Wheaton at home this week and won the conference game. Purdy came out strong and finished strong to win 73-54. For the Eagles, Blake Williams had 23 points of which 11 came from the line, where he shot 79 percent. Williams also tallied six steals and seven assists. Derek Daily also contributed 15 points for the home team. The Bulldogs' Craig Davidson and Chris Musick scored 12 a piece to lead the visitors' effort.

• Eagles soar through Exeter. Purdy also traveled to Exeter this week and had no trouble defeating the Tigers 60-37. Mason Roller led scoring for Purdy with 23 points. Williams had four steals for the Eagles. Purdy is now 14-8 and 8-2 in the Ozark-7.

• Bulldogs eat up Tigers. The Wheaton Bulldogs hosted the Exeter Tigers this week for an Ozark 7 Conference game. The Bulldogs came out hungry for a win and outscored Exeter in all four quarters to win 72-33. Davidson had a great night for the Bulldogs, wrapping up another double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He also shot 5-6 from the line and had two blocks. Musick had six assists for the home team. Zach Wubker scored 13 for the Tigers. Exeter falls to 1-18, 0-11.

• Warriors clip Wheaton. The Bulldogs traveled to Joplin for a matchup with a top-notch McAuley Catholic team. Wheaton had a huge third quarter to take the lead at 47-35, but the home team rallied and won 62-58. Tyler Bigham tallied 23 for Wheaton. The Bulldogs' record moves to 12-10, 6-5. The Bulldogs sit in fourth in the conference.

• Southwest drops two. The Trojans took on a good Thomas Jefferson ball club last week. Southwest fell behind early and could never catch up in the Ozark 7 contest, losing 65-49. Levi Roberts led scoring for the Trojans with 22. For their homecoming, the Trojans took on Verona. The Wildcats led at the end of the third 53-40, but the home team made a rally that just fell short, leaving the score 67-62. Southwest is now 3-17, 1-9 on the year.

• Lady Eagles tromp Wheaton. In an Ozark 7 match-up at Purdy, the home team took control early, and despite the Lady Bulldogs cutting the lead to 8 going into the final frame, Wheaton was unable to get the victory. The Lady Eagles won the contest 44-34. For Purdy, Avery Roller had 18 points, going 4-4 from the line, and Candi Blay had nine rebounds. Wheaton was led by Haley Goostree's 9 points.

• Exeter takes down Eagles. The Purdy Lady Eagles also hosted Exeter this week for a conference game. Purdy held close early, but the visitors pulled away down the stretch, winning 53-29. Exeter's Whitney Edie led all scorers with 25 points. Roller had 10. Purdy now moves to 11-11, 5-5 on the year. They have moved up to fourth in the Ozark 7 Conference.

• Lady Trojans seem unstoppable. Southwest had four games this week and were able to win each one. In their first contest, Southwest beat Thomas Jefferson 66-34. Jennifer Finuf and Brittany Clifton both had 19 for the Lady Trojans. Next, Southwest travelled to Diamond and earned a 57-29 victory. Chelsea Sneed led them in the game with 15 points. Clifton also had a double-double, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds. Verona visited Washburn for the third game, and the Lady Trojans handed the Lady Wildcats a 41-71 loss. As a team, Southwest tallied 36 rebounds, 19 steals and 16 assists in the contest. Jessica Mitchell led Southwest with 17 points and five steals, and Stacy Hobbs scored 12 off of 6-8 shooting from the line and had four steals. Southwest finished the week with a trip to Strafford. The game ended up being their closest of the week, yet the Lady Trojans were still able to earn a 55-50 victory. The squad grabbed another 39 rebounds in this game. Clifton led things individually, scoring 16 points, and grabbing eight boards. Mitchell also had nine rebounds in the contest. Southwest continues to rack up wins with an overall record of 18-2. The Lady Trojans have a secure hold on the conference with a 9-1 record.

• Lady Tigers nipped by McAuley and Crane. The Lady Tigers traveled to McAuley only to fall short. After falling behind early, Exeter pulled to within one at the half. Both teams scored 27 in the second half and the Lady Tigers lost 58-57. Edie had 29 of Exeter's points. In their second game, Exeter hosted Crane but was unable to attain the victory, falling 63-57. Edie again scored 29. Exeter is now 13-4, 5-3 on the season and second in the Ozark 7.

• Wheaton girls beaten by McAuley. The Lady Bulldogs could not pull out the conference win at home as McAuley took charge in the second quarter and never let up, winning 48-33. Haley Goostree again led scoring for Wheaton with 13. The Bulldogs fall down a spot to fifth in the Ozark 7 Conference (5-6) and their overall record now stands at 11-12.

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