Osage advances to Osage Tournament finals, Camdenton wins second straight Bolivar Tournament title, Eldon knocks off St. Elizabeth in Osage Tournament and Macks Creek outlasts Tuscumbia

Osage advances to Osage Tournament finals

Osage and Richland met in the semifinals of the Osage Tournament Thursday night and a Bears team that managed to beat the Indians in last year's championship game were unable to do so again as the Indians came away with a 59-42 win.

Osage managed to force 23 Richland turnovers and seven of those turnovers came in the first quarter which allowed the Indians to jump out to a 14-6 lead. Richland managed to hang around trailing 28-23 at halftime, but a strong third quarter gave Osage a 14-point lead it was able to protect the rest of the way. Osage coach Scott Rowland commended the defensive efforts of Sara Wolf and Payton Good who did not make it easy for Richland's best player to score.

"Last night was a very important game," Rowland said. "The girls wanted to continue getting to championship games in our own tournament and they were successful in doing that for the sixth time in six years." 

Kerrigan Gamm led Osage with 22 points and five steals, Liberty Gamm added 15 points and six rebounds, Carson Wood scored 13 points and Good finished her night with seven points respectively. Osage had the opportunity to not only celebrate making another championship game, but also an individual as Wood recorded her 1,000th career point in the third quarter when a steal led to a layup for the milestone basket. Wood became the fifth Indian in program history to reach the mark.

"Congratulations to Carson on the great career she has had individually statistic-wise and as a vital cog in excellent teams the past four seasons," Rowland pointed out.

Osage (12-2, 1-0 Tri-County Conference) will look for revenge in the championship game on Saturday night against a Fatima team that beat the Indians 47-40 in the season opener on November 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Camdenton wins second straight Bolivar Tournament title

Camdenton took on host Bolivar in the finale of the Gary Keeling Lady Liberator Tournament Thursday night and the Lakers kept their hosts at bay with a 69-63 win to capture a second straight championship in Bolivar.

Natalie Basham led the way for Camdenton with 23 points and eight assists and the Lakers brought a fairly balanced attack as Shelby Kurtz recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Darby Roam scored 11 points, Jessica Watson finished her night with eight points and Elle Turner added seven points respectively. 

Camdenton (12-5, 2-1 Ozark Conference) will jump back into conference action at Parkview on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Eldon knocks off St. Elizabeth in Osage Tournament

Eldon is heading to the consolation finals and will play for fifth place in the Osage Tournament after topping St. Elizabeth Thursday night by a final score of 51-36. 

Caroline Beckmann paced Eldon with 20 points and nearly recorded a double-double after collecting nine rebounds. Kassidy Hull added 10 points for the Mustangs and Kayleigh Fike finished with nine.

Eldon (3-12, 0-2 Tri-County Conference) will take on Crocker in the fifth place game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Macks Creek takes down Tuscumbia

Macks Creek visited Tuscumbia Thursday night and it was a good trip for the Pirates as they beat the Lions by a final score of 61-56.

Macks Creek (7-6) hosts Pilot Grove on Friday at 5:30 p.m.