Posted: Saturday, 12 January 2013 12:05AM

Willard too strong for Lebanon in second half

Willard, Mo. (For  -- After the Lebanon Lady Yellowjackets came within a point of the Willard Lady Tigers early in the second period, Willard pulled its offense together and never looked back, winning 69-42.

Lebanon opened the second period with a deficit of 17-9, but they looked determined to bounce back. Ashton Light, Rachael Morris, Renee Hudson, and Mikalyn Callahan combined for a total of 8 points in the first three minutes of the second quarter, closing the gap to 19-18.


After the Lady Tigers' Amber Percival made two free throws, the Lady Tigers found their momentum from the bench. Chelsea Yates broke away from some back-and-forth possessions midcourt for a layup. Yates followed up with a putback on the Lady Tigers' next trip to the net.

The Lady Tigers opened the second half ahead 26-21, a lead that widened thanks to Ali Perry posting two goals, followed by Mallory Kurtz and Makenzie Parker each scoring in the first two minutes of the third quarter.

The Lady Tigers had found their tempo, scoring nearly every time they traveled down the court. Parker posted 7 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, followed by Mariah Stewart with 6 points in the fourth.

Parker led the Lady Tigers with 16 points on the night.

"We played together offensively and defensively, and had a really good defensive night. We executed really well, and it was a really successful night. It was absolutely fun," said Parker.

The Lady Tigers coach Mike Percival was impressed with his team's defensive effort.

"We were much more pleased with our second half. We did a lot of things that were more aggressive. Our defense, there were two or three possessions where we felt like we were as good as we could get. Overall, we're really pleased with the effort tonight," said Percival.

Willard travels to Glendale on January 14. Lebanon faces Ava at home on January 14.

Willard  17 9 18 25 -- 69
Lebanon 9 12 11 10 -- 42

Willard: Makenzie Parker 16, Ali Perry 14, Mariah Stewart 11, Amber Percival 10, Mallory Kurtz 8, Caitlyn Carpenter 4, Chelsea Yates 4, Shelby Barrett 2

Lebanon: Ashton Light 8, Renee Hudson 7, Mikalyn Callahan 6, Rachael Morris 6, Kelsey Pemberton 4, Maggie Vaughn 4, Jenna Mitchell 3, Emily Hough 2, Mikayla Widhalm 2

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Ava 9, Mt. Grove 8

Ava won the battle of SCA unbeatens with a walk-off sac fly.

Pictures: Southwest 10, Purdy 8

Southwest claims the Ozark 7 championship.

Pictures: Central vs. Glendale tennis

The Falcons and Bulldogs met at Cooper on Wednesday.
O-Zone Opinion
10 improved and surprise spring sports teams
In honor of giving spring its fair due, we take time out like we did in basketball season to highlight the spring's most improved/surprise/overachieving/under-the-radar/whatever-you-wanna-call-it teams. As a general rule, this list won't include...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Breaking down the new boys basketball districts
It's that time again… Every two years MSHSAA reshuffles classes and districts, unintentionally and yet effectively changing the landscape of the sport and this spring was no different. Here are the changes you will want to note for the boys...
Read More
Making sense of the new girls basketball districts
Who do you have going all the way in your bracket? Your 2014-15 high school district basketball bracket, that is. Last weekend, MSHSAA released classification and district assignments for the next two school years. We saw notable changes in most...
Read More
Most Viewed