Exeter girls starting to roll

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Exeter sophomore Allison Burnette slides by a Monett defender to score two points during the Lady Tigers' 67-35 win over the Lady Cubs to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Win over Monett latest example of progress

Exeter girls basketball Coach Colt Higgs is a patient man.

He has been waiting for his squad to come around and begin to reach its potential.

On Saturday, the Lady Tigers showed flashes of brilliance in their 67-35 win over Monett to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament.

On Monday, the Lady Tigers dropped a 62-32 decision to No. 1 seed Walnut Grove.

"This season, I feel like we have beat the teams we are supposed to beat," Higgs said. "What we are missing is a signature win. Today we took a step in the right direction by putting away Monett."

Exeter sits at 6-3 on the season and is starting to heat up.

According to Higgs, Hannah Henson's development over the last three games has been key. Henson has scored 54 points in the last three of Exeter's last four contests.

Against Monett, she recorded 19 points.

"We were kind of asleep in the first half," Henson said. "It took us awhile to get going."

Henson said she like playing on a small roster (Exeter only has seven eligible players) because her teammates are more like sisters.

"I like the tight-knit, family feeling," Henson said. "To me it is fun."

According to the first-year coach, his team is slowly buying into the system.

"I need these girls to buy in to what we are doing and then trust that it will work," Higgs said. "I firmly believe that we can be a special team once we hit our stride."

Scoring for Exeter against Walnut Grove: Hannah Henson, 19; Mikayla Meyer, 17; Logan Senters, 12; Allison Burnette, 9; Rylie Odenbrett, 6; and Kalysa Fellows, 4.

The Lady Tigers continue play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Friday at 3 p.m.

A scoring breakdown for Monday's game was not available at press time.

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