The Versailles Tigers hosted the Eldon Mustangs on Friday night, and in a battle between the two Tri-County rivals, Versailles proved to be the victor, sending the Mustangs packing in a 73-67 win on Versailles’ senior night.
Allen Niermeyer, Brandon May, and Christian Anderson took the floor for their last home game, and the Tigers lit up the visiting Mustangs to take a 29-15 lead after the first quarter, with Christian Anderson and Trey Woods leading the team to an early 13-2 lead.
Eldon would come out swinging in the second, and despite Versailles increasing their lead, the Mustangs would find a way to answer, closing their deficit to just seven points at the end of the half. A quick Eldon three pointer pulled the visitors within four, and the two teams went off to the races, scoring back and forth before Eldon would take the lead late in the third with a 49-47 lead. Anderson would tie it up at 49, and the two teams would finish the quarter with a 51-51 score.
Versailles would benefit from some great shots by Ryan Surface in the final quarter, and leading 70-65, the game evolved into a free throw contest as Eldon attempted to stop the clock. Versailles would prove the victor as the clock ran out with a score of 73-67.
Trey Woods led the team with 22 points, followed by Ryan Surface with 16.
The Tigers now prepare for a rematch with Southern Boone in the first round of districts on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The Lady Tigers didn’t fare as well as their counterparts, and despite a well-played game and a strong comeback, Eldon would defeat the Lady Tigers 66-52.
Things were kept fairly close in the first quarter, with Eldon leading through the beginning, but Versailles would quickly answer, with the quarter ending with a 14-13 lead for Eldon.
In the second quarter, things went awry for the Lady Tigers. Eldon would score 15 points before the Lady Tigers could answer after four-and-half minutes of play, and the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 28-11 for a 42-24 lead as they went into the half.
The Tigers came out fired up in the second half, and over the course of the next two quarters, they would cut down the deficit, eventually pulling within five points late in the fourth. Their comeback was not meant to be, however, as Eldon ran down the clock to win 66-52.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Madisen Sherman with 19 points, followed by Akrista Greer with 17. The Tigers now face Hallsville in the first round of the district tournament on Monday night.