Southwest Trojans roll past McAuley, 70-34

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Southwest Trojans solidified their lead in the Ozark 7 Conference race with a commanding 70-34 win over Joplin's McAuley Warriors on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Four Trojans reached double figures in the game as Southwest improved to 17-4 on the season and 7-1 in league play.

The Trojans have won 13 of their last 14 games and are ranked ninth in the latest Class 3 state poll.

Southwest raced to a 38-21 halftime lead against McAuley and then applied the dagger with a 23-4 third quarter. Senior swingman Tyler Ferguson led the Trojans with 16 points.

Southwest scorers: Tyler Ferguson, 16; Travis Hayworth, 13; James Pettit, 12; Skylar Knoll, 11; Jeff Elkins and Jordan Epling, 8 each; and Cristian Sellars, 2.

Ozark 7 notes

With only one loss in conference play, Southwest has the inside track to the Ozark 7 title. Wheaton is just a game back after a big 73-57 win at Thomas Jefferson on Thursday. Both TJ and Purdy have three conference losses. Verona, McAuley and Exeter trail the field.

Exeter's Tigers earned their first win of the season with a 57-52 win over Halfway on Feb. 4.

The Ozark 7 race could very well be decided when the Wheaton Bulldogs travel to Southwest on Feb. 21.

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