Basketball Roundup

Thursday, February 8, 2007

• Eagles soar over Trojans. The Purdy Eagles traveled to Trojan country on Friday to face Southwest. The Trojans were on top early, but an incredible third quarter saw the Eagles post 29 points and hold the home team to only 1, giving Purdy a 75-53 victory. Mason Roller led all scorers with 27 points.

• Wheaton tops Southwest. Wheaton also visited Southwest this week and came up the victors. After a close first quarter, the Bulldogs pulled away and won 77-47. The visitors played well as a team and pulled down 30 rebounds and combined for 20 assists in the game. Craig Davidson was a big contributor in the game for Wheaton, scoring 22 and grabbing 11 boards. The Bulldogs' Sean Crane also had a good game, scoring 20 on 7-8 shooting from the line and three three-point field goals.

• Purdy rolls to another win. The Eagles downed Verona in another conference matchup this week. Purdy fell behind early but outscored the Wildcats in the last three quarters to come up with a 33-28 victory. Roller led the Eagles with a double-double, tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Blake Williams tallied five steals. Purdy's record now stands at 11-8 (5-2).

• Tigers get first win. The Exeter Tigers played three games this week and got their first win of the season, snapping a 14-game losing skid. Exeter played New Covenant in the McAuley Tournament and held off a late rally to win 62-58. As a team, the Tigers lit it up from three-point range, hitting 11 in the contest. Tyler Henderson scored 25 in the game, and Zach Wubker had 16. Exeter lost the other two games it played this week. Thomas Jefferson beat them 70-45 in a conference game, and McAuley Catholic earned a 58-23 victory over the Tigers. Henderson and Russell were the two leading scorers in that game, scoring 14 and 7 respectively. Exeter now moves to 1-14 on the year and 0-7 in conference.

• Wheaton tripped up by Cats. In a game at Diamond the Bulldogs could never find the lead and lost 42-35. Crane led the team with 8 points. The Bulldogs record is now 9-7 (4-2).

• Trojans fall short against Pierce City. Southwest took on Pierce City at home after a very full week of basketball. The home squad would take the lead before half and hold it through the third quarter before Pierce City rallied and won 71-63. Southwest now moves to 3-13 (1-6) on the season.

• Southwest girls win big Southwest played at Purdy last Thursday in an Ozark 7 Conference game. The Lady Trojans made big pushes at the ends of each half and won 68-44. Chelsea Sneed scored 23 for Southwest and Jessica Mitchell had 15 to lead Southwest. Avery Roller scored 19 for Purdy.

• Lady Tigers Top TJ. Exeter played conference opponent Thomas Jefferson this week and won by 72-44. Whitney Edie scored 37 points for Exeter and Ashley Porter added 17. The Lady Tigers move up one spot, to second in the conference, with a record of 4-2.

• Purdy girls down Wildcats. The Lady Eagles hosted the Verona Wildcats in an Ozark 7 Conference game. The home team extended a small first quarter lead to 21 after the third and a comeback attempt by Verona was far too short, leaving the score 52-36 in Purdy's favor. As a team, Purdy was all over the boards, grabbing 40 rebounds. Sierra Pryor led the Lady Eagles with 22 points on 13-14 shooting from the line. Avery Roller and Emilee Kast had good games, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Despite the good game versus Verona, Purdy dropped this week to sixth in the conference at 2-3. The Lady Eagles are 9-9 overall.

• Lady Bulldogs take fourth. The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs competed in the McAuley Tournament this past week and took fourth place. In their first matchup they took on the Lady Patriots from East Newton. After a fairly even first half, East Newton pulled out two good final quarters and beat the Lady Bulldogs 43-28. Megan Littlefield led scoring for Wheaton with 11. In their second game, Wheaton pulled away from the Joplin junior varsity and won 42-36. Littlefield again led scoring this time with 18. Haley Goostree also had a nice outing, knocking loose six steals and handing out seven assists. In their final game, Wheaton faced McAuley and despite a battle fell to their hosts 26-32. Heather Goostree led scorers for the Lady Bulldogs with 10. Wheaton now falls to 9-10 but maintains fifth in the conference with a record of 3-4.

• Lady Trojans upended by Comets. After 10 straight wins, the Southwest Girls got a shock last Saturday. The Lady Trojans played a very good Marionville team and had a rough time. The Lady Comets had a great start, leading 24-6 after the first quarter, and a great finish, to give the Lady Trojans a tough 30-60 defeat. Mitchell led Southwest with 9 points. The Lady Trojans now move to 12-2 on the year and sit atop the Ozark 7 Conference with a 6-1 record.

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