Osage cruises in first round of Tri-County Tournament, Eldon falls in first round of Tri-County Tournament, Climax Springs edges out Stover, Camdenton falls to Helias and Versailles comes up short in first round of Tri-County Tournament

Osage tops Southern Boone in first round of Tri-County Tournament

School of the Osage entered the Tri-County Tournament as the fourth seed in the conference Tuesday night and had little trouble taking care of No. 5 Southern Boone as the Indians topped the Eagles 65-35. 

Osage opened up a 34-18 lead by halftime and it was more than enough the rest of the way.

"Our goal in any tournament that we play in is to keep advancing to the right," Osage coach Scott Rowland said in reference to the tournament bracket. "We had to play the host team in the first round of the conference tournament and we weren’t too sure how it would go. Trying to limit turnovers compared to our first game was a goal and we accomplished that."

Commanding just a 4-point lead after the first quarter, shoring up the defense also proved to make a difference.

"I thought that the ladies really upped their defensive intensity. We forced many turnovers and got lots of transition baskets and that is who we want to be," Rowland added.

Sara Wolf led Osage with 19 points and six rebounds and steals while Kerrigan Gamm turned in 17 points and six rebounds and Carson Wood finished with 13 points, six assists and five steals. 

Osage (1-1) was scheduled to take on top-seeded California in the conference tournament semifinals Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Should the Indians advance, they will play for the championship on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., or the third place game earlier on the same day at 3:30 p.m.

"We will have to be our best against California, but I felt that we got better this game," the coach noted.

Eldon drops first round conference tournament game to Blair Oaks

Eldon went to battle as the seventh seed against No. 2 Blair Oaks in the first round of the Tri-County Conference Tournament Tuesday night and the Mustangs came up short in a 67-39 defeat.

Kayleigh Fike paced Eldon with 18 points and collected five rebounds while Haley Clifton contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds of her own for a double-double. 

Eldon (0-2) was scheduled to play in the consolation semifinals against No. 6 Hallsville on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and will play in the consolation finals for fifth place on Friday at 7:30 p.m., or the seventh place game on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Climax Springs edges out Stover

It was a close one, but Climax Springs had an answer.

The Cougars hosted Stover Tuesday night and were trailing in the final 30 seconds, but a bucket from Jayden Butterfield with 25 seconds left put Climax Springs ahead for good in a 57-54 win over the Bulldogs.

"It was a very competitive game throughout," Climax Springs coach Ron Rhodes said. "We had four players score in double digits. "Stover is a well-coached club and we must do a better job at the free throw line where we were 17-27, but the girls are playing hard and have a great attitude."

Butterfield led Climax Springs with 16 points while Abi Wolfe finished with 13 points which included a 3-pointer and four straight free throws near the end of the game to put the Cougars in striking distance. Autumn Wallace added 12 points and Hailey McIntosh chipped in 10. 

Climax Springs (3-0) will take its unbeaten streak to Bunceton Friday night for a game at 6 p.m.

Camdenton drops home opener to Helias

Camdenton hosted Helias for its home opener on Tuesday night and the Crusaders came away with a 56-48 win over the Lakers.

Camdenton (1-1) will look to add a few more wins in the Rogers Tournament which starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Versailles falls to top-seeded California in Tri-County Tournament

Versailles was the No. 8 seed in the first round of the Tri-County Conference Tournament on Tuesday night and the Tigers fell to top-seeded California 72-13.

Versailles (0-2) was scheduled to face No. 5 Southern Boone in the consolation semifinals on Wednesday at 9 p.m., and will either play for fifth place on Friday at 7:30 p.m., or seventh place on the same day at 4:30 p.m.