A roundup of games and scores from different teams around the lake area.
The Lady Pirates hit the road last week to play in the Osceola Tournament. After winning their first game against Appleton City 48-22, the Lady Pirates advanced their way through the tournament to face Weaubleau. Despite their tremendous efforts, rallying back from an 11 point deficit, the Lady Pirates fell in double overtime, 63-53, returning home with a second place title.
The Lady Pirates turned it around on Monday night with a 54-24 win over Niangua, as Juli Hix and Allisyn Carnahan unloaded 12 and 11 points, respectively, to advance their team to a 12-7 record.
The Macks Creek Pirates travelled to the Osceola Tournament last week, and in their game against Weaubleau, the Pirates defeated their opponent on Friday night in a 69-62 match for the third place win. The Pirates were led by Tommy Willis, who made four of his five three point shots and seven free throws, scoring an astounding 29 points on the night. Cody Eidson followed behind with 17 points, and Austin Mitchell turned in 11 points and six rebounds on the night. The Pirates are currently 12-8 on the season.
Macks Creek vs. Weaubleau
Q1 15 17
Q2 19 13
Q3 14 12
Q4 21 20
F 69 62
The Osage Indians hit the road on Tuesday night, travelling to Dixon in what would turn into an offensive explosion for both teams.Despite putting up 76 points in the game, the Indians could not keep pace with Dixon, who finished the night with 109 points. Osage was led in scoring by Freddy Wackenhut with 26, followed by Hayden Drace with 15 and Wyatt Whitman and Tristan Hensley with 12 each. The Indians now prepare to host Versailles on Friday night.
Osage vs. Dixon
Q1 20 26
Q2 17 32
Q3 24 31
Q4 15 20
F 76 109
The Camdenton boys travelled to Kickapoo on Tuesday night, and were defeated 42-28. The Lakers are now 8-14 and will prepare for their next game on Tuesday against the Waynesville Tigers.
Osage Middle School
The 8th grade boys travelled to Waynesville on Thursday, Jan. 24, and despite a rough start, the Indians gradually began to pull within their opponent, but could not close the gap from the first quarter.
The 7th grade boys also took on Waynesville on Thursday, Jan. 24, and despite their best efforts, could not keep up, falling 40-21. The team then faced the Versailles Indians on Monday night, and the Indians' gameplan worked to perfection as they won 46-23. Osage dominated the Tigers in the first quarter, outscoring Versailles 22-3, and after that huge lead, the team relaxed. The Indians were led by James McCann, scoring a whopping 24 points, a season-high.
8th Grade Girls
First, the good news: Osage had little trouble with the California Pintos’ press Thursday. With Olivia Crane inbounding the ball and Kendal Miller and Jordyn Bartlett carving up the middle of the floor, the Lady Indians ran to a 12-11 lead after one quarter in their 8th grade contest.
Now, the bad news: When California stopped pressing, the Indians stopped scoring. Forced to work in the halfcourt without Bartlett on the court for much of the second quarter (due to foul trouble), the Lady Indians were held scoreless for a quarter and trailed 23-12 at halftime.
Things didn’t get much better after the break as California limited Osage to three points in each of the final two quarters en route to a 39-18 win.
Kendal Miller led Osage with 7 points, including 6 in the first quarter. Bartlett scored five on 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. Clare Colonius had four points and Olivia Crane two.
California played very strong man-to-man defense, and overall the Pintos were arguably the best team Osage saw all season.
The highlight for the 8th grade season was the team’s third-place showing in the Lebanon Tournament, but a narrow overtime loss at Eldon might have been the team’s best individual game.
The coaching staff enjoyed the chance to work with the team, and there are many players in the class who have a chance to be successful players at the high school level.
-Coach Jeremy Anderson
8th Grade Girls
Q1 12 11
Q2 0 12
Q3 3 9
Q4 3 7
F 18 39
It would have been easy for Osage’s seventh grade girls team to get discouraged after falling behind 18-7 after one quarter versus California Thursday. But the ladies weren’t going to let their last game slip by without making things very interesting.
Osage outscored the visitors 16-7 in the second quarter. Although they didn’t make quite enough shots in the second half to pull out the win, the Lady Indians made their coaches proud one more time in a 41-36 defeat.
Maddy Henley (9) and Montana Murphy (7) combined for 16 points off the bench and Henley scored five of the team’s seven in the fourth quarter. Skyler Smith also scored seven, Rose Colonius scored five, Kenzi King four and Avery Cooper and MacKenzie Pike two each.
The Lady Indians were aggressive and moved the ball well all night, but struggled to finish with a basket. Foul shooting was part of the problem, as Osage hit just 4-of-16 at the stripe.
Another issue for Osage was the play of California point guard Elizabeth Lutz. Lutz led all scorers with 21 points, mostly on drives to the basket, and created plenty of opportunities for teammates as well.
Although the Lady Indians did finish one win shy of a winning record, there were plenty of things to be encouraged about this season, including a first place finish in the Eldon Tournament. This group of girls has plenty of potential to improve and their great attitude should help get them there.
-Coach Amy McDonald
7th Grade Girls
Q1 7 18
Q2 16 7
Q3 6 10
Q4 7 6
F 36 41