Pierce City and Purdy easily advance in district play
The seeding held true in the girls' bracket of the Class 2, District 12 tournament as all four top seeds easily advanced to the semifinal round at Purdy.
The top-seeded Pierce City Lady Eagles handed the extremely young Wheaton Lady Bulldogs a 73-18 loss.
"We moved the ball very well," said Pierce City coach Rob Guerin. "Our goal is to stay focused and keep advancing."
Pierce City jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead behind baskets from Christine Younker, Emily Ashley and Krishna Merriman, before Crystal Alvarado's 3-pointer put the Lady Bulldogs on the board at the 5:14 mark of the first period.
Alvarado, a freshman, tried to help her young team back into the contest with 11 first-quarter points but the Lady Eagles led 23-11 at the end of the first period.
"We knew this year was going to be tough and a learning season," said Wheaton coach Jason Webb. "I think we grew this season. The key for us is to work hard this summer and play as much basketball as we can."
The Lady Eagles finished the game with four players in double figures. Wheaton struggled with the interior size of the green and white. Younker and Merriman combined for 36 points in the game.
Pierce City led 41-13 at intermission and 64-14 after three periods.
Scoring for Wheaton: Alvarado, 11; Jera Prewitt, 4; Amanda Munday, 2; and Shelby Medley, 1.
Scoring for Pierce City: Merriman, 23 points; Bailee Hayward, 14; Younker, 13; Ashley, 10; Shania Hogan and Mattie Brottlund, 4 each; Becca Hatfield, 3; and Faith Strong, 2
The second-seeded Purdy Lady Eagles got 24 points from senior Katie Hughes and cruised to a 55-23 victory over McAuley.
"It was a total team win," said Purdy coach Eli Ernst. "I thought Katie (Hughes) and Billie House played a terrific game and we executed our game plan to perfection."
Purdy used the entire first quarter to build a 13-0 lead. The Lady Eagles were the aggressor all night and used a man-press defense to unsettle the Lady Warrior's offence.
McAuley didn't put points on the borad until Victoria Foley's layup at the 7:20 mark of the second period.
Hughes shot 57 percent from the field and was deadly from the 12 to 15 foot range forcing the Lady Warriors out of their zone pressure.
Purdy led 26-6 at halftime.
McAuley never awoke from their listless state in the third period and trailed 35-14 at the final break.
Scoring for McAuley: Kambry Wagner, 9 points; Foley, 8; Katie Carr, 4; and Abby Pekarek, 2.
Scoring for Purdy: Hughes, 24 points; House, 11; Jayse Henderson, 8; Desirie Ennes and Courtney White, 4; Andrea Humphrey, 3; Skylar Lakey, 1.
Pierce City plays the fourth-seeded Greenfield Lady Wildcats in the first semifinal tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.
Greenfield defeated Miller 55-41 to advance.
Purdy squares off against third-seeded Jasper at 7:30 p.m.
Jasper defeated College Heights 59-19 to advance. Both games will be played at Purdy High School.