Posted: Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:12PM

Lady Eagles roll against Clever

Recaps from the White Division in the first round of the 2012 Pink and White Lady Classic.

Nixa 76, Clever 36

A lot had to go right in order for the Clever High School girls’ basketball team to stay close against Nixa. The Lady Eagles didn’t happen to be in a post-Christmas sharing mood.

Nixa started both halves with big outbursts to win going away, 76-36, in the first round of the 2012 Pink and White Lady Classic at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on Wednesday.


Nixa made its first three 3-point attempts and led 13-0. An under-manned Clever squad needed almost four minutes to get on the scoreboard.

“We just have to try to use it as a learning experience,” said Clever coach Brandon Weiss. “Playing teams like Nixa, Ozark and Republic are going to make you better. Especially if you learn from your mistakes, and learn from what you did well. I thought we did a lot of things well…our lack of depth just killed us today.”

Clever was without junior forward Amanda Postma (illness) and dressed just seven players, with six seeing the bulk of playing time.

Nixa leaned on its much superior depth; the Lady Eagles had nine players score. Jeana Raper scored a game-high 15, all in the first half.

The Lady Eagles quickly extended their 19-point halftime lead beyond 30 in the second half and played their reserves most of the fourth quarter.

Nixa entered the game having not practiced the previous two days due to the holiday.

“We decided to give them that off for family time. You worry sometimes how that affects them,” said Nixa coach Jim Middleton. “Obviously, we jumped out quick and settled in… When you’re playing four games in four days, there’s nothing wrong with having a game like this.”

Nixa, the No. 4 seed in the White Division, plays No. 5 seed Marionville at 6 p.m. Thursday at OFEC. Clever plays Aurora in the consolation bracket at 6 p.m. Thursday at Weiser Gym.

Nixa 76, Clever 36
Clever 10 10 11 5 --- 36
Nixa 26 13 27 10 --- 76

Clever - Mackenzie Burns 15, Bailey Ghan 14, Lexie Tennis 4, Lacey Menzie 3
Nixa – Jeana Raper 15, Toshua Levitt 14, Alexis Holt 13, Angie Allen 10, Carley Allen 6, Madison Wells 6, Payton Klempel 6, Schyler Thompson 5, Alex Sorenson 1

Marionville 42, Aurora 33
In a game where points were hard to come by, the Marionville Lady Comets leaned on the inside-outside scoring of Josie Young.

The sophomore forward had a game-high 24 points. During one stretch in the second half, she scored 14 straight points for Marionville.


The Lady Comets would go on to beat Aurora 42-33 in the first round of the 2012 Pink and White Lady Classic on Wednesday.

“They played kind of a gimmick defense in that first half. We didn’t do a good job of screening for her, and she didn’t do a good job of getting herself open,” said Marionville coach Ted Young. “In the second half, I thought we screened a little bit more, and she moved a little bit more. We were also more patient on offense and with our shots.”

Josie Young scored 14 of her 24 in the second half, but the Lady Comets were never able to quite put away Aurora until the final minutes.

The Lady Houns got as close as 30-25 late in the third quarter after a basket from Jordan Hall. But Aurora’s offense went dry in a six-point fourth quarter.

Aurora dropped to 2-7 overall. Marionville, coming off a third-place finish in the Class 2 state tournament last season, improved to 8-2. The Lady Comets’ losses so far this season have come to Crane (8-2) and Ash Grove (9-1).

Marionville is also adjusting to higher expectations after last season’s surprise state finals run.

“We got hot at the right time last year. We’re trying to find that…whatever, mojo, that we had last year,” Ted Young said. “We’re struggling a little bit, but we’re struggling and winning so that helps. We’ve got some time to figure it out.”

Marionville 42, Aurora 33
Aurora 4 14 9 6 --- 33
Marionville 10 12 10 10 --- 42
Aurora – Jordan Hall 11, Shania Siegrest 6, Baylee Hilton 6, Regain Cline 6, Lakin Waggoner 2, Paige Whitlock 2
Marionville – Josie Young 24, Jaycie Dishman 7, Bailee Stine 4, Tarron Finn 2, Aubree Brown 2, Whitney Wright 2, Amy Hicks 1

Branson 60, Parkview 28
When Kip Bough looked at the bracket for the 2012 Pink and White Lady Classic, he figured his Branson Lady Pirates got the short end of the straw with a first-round matchup against Parkview.

So the Branson coach was understandably a bit surprised after emerging with a 32-point victory in the first round on Wednesday. Junior guard Sydney Shepherd led three Lady Pirates in double figures with 15 points as Branson won 60-28.


“I really thought of all the first-round games that this would be, from a spectator’s standpoint, the  toughest matchup,” Bough said. “I thought Parkview was a very, very good team – they still are a very good team. When I saw the seeding I was kind of thinking, ‘Ugh, we have to play Parkview.’”

Parkview scored the game’s first four points. From there, it was pretty much all Branson.

The Lady Pirates went up 14-7 on a steal that led to a Shepherd layup, forcing Parkview coach Keri Nichols to call timeout. Branson led by double digits for the entire second half.

Parkview struggled on offense after the first quarter. The Lady Vikings made just one field goal in the second half and registered one point in the fourth quarter.
Bough made it a point to praise his defense, especially the play of junior guard Hadley Blake.

“Usually the MVPs or Players of the Game, they look at your points total,” Bough said. “We knew going into the game that Hadley would have a tough, tough matchup. But she wasn’t alone. You would see 4 or 5 white jerseys around (Buckley) all the time, and that’s a credit to our team defense.”

Branson 60, Parkview 28
Parkview 13 10 4 1 --- 28
Branson 20 17 9 14 --- 60

Parkview – Aubrey Buckley 10, Tyra Moore 8, Kianna McDaniel 5, Brooke Hawkins 3, Bri Stiles 2
Branson -  Sydney Shepherd 15, Moriah Dapprich 14, Hadley Baker 13, Ashley Forrest 8, Marissa Turpen 4, Emily Calovich 2, Kellie Seaman 2, Jessie Barton 2

Crane 52, Greenwood 11
Crane 15 15 11 11 --- 52
Greenwood 2 3 4 2 --- 11

Crane – Emma Lander 8, Maggie McMenamy 8, Justeen Mahan 6, Kylie Vaught 5, Allie Hagler 5, Lexie Vaught 4, Riley Israel 4, Jalee Johnson 4, Kylee Moore 2, Keren Belin 2, Loni Johnson 2, Addie Reel 2
Greenwood – Crosby Garrison 8, Elizabeth Brock 2, Kelsey Nau 1

Republic 74, Catholic 25
Catholic 7 3 7 8 --- 25
Republic 22 18 24 10 --- 74

Catholic – Chelsea Collins 11, Madison Robertson 6, Megan Loethen 3, Emma Thomas 3, Elise Roeder 2
Republic  - Sarah Kreul 13, Micah Mansker 11, Alex Botkin 10, Kayla Bartelsmeyer 9,Tori Taylor 9, Michayla Shanks 6, Micah Mansker 6, Lindsey Carlson 6, Katherine Hopkins 4

Skyline 50, Willard 46

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