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Drury 68, Missouri-St. Louis 65 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Evangel snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 68-54 win over Missouri Valley Thursday at the Ashcroft Center.
Sierra McSpadden had a game-high 28 points while Emily Akins added 22 points for the Crusaders. Briana Walsh had a season high 8 points and had 8 rebounds for Evangel. Gabi Morales led Missouri Valley with 14. The Crusaders led 34-24 at halftime and but the Vikings pulled within five points of the lead midway through the second half. The win gave Evangel a 1.5 game lead over Missouri Valley for eighth place in the conference as they improved to 5-13 and 4-8 in the Heart of America conference. Missouri Valley dropped to 6-19 and 3-10.
' 25 points wasn't enough to life the University of Arkansas women's basketball team, as they gave No. 10/8 Kentucky all they could handle at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night. The Razorbacks pushed the Wildcats to the brink, but fell 80-74 in overtime. Arkansas had three players in double figures, led by Watkins with 25 points and freshman who had a career high 17 points. Arkansas fell to 15-8, 3-7 in the SEC, while Kentucky improved to 20-3 and 8-2 in the SEC. had 18 points, and finished with a team high eight rebounds. Wilson's career high 17 was the most points by a Razorback freshman since scored 20 points versus Alcorn State on November 15, 2009 in Hot Springs, Ark. After Kentucky scored the opening basket, Wilson scored five quick points to lead Arkansas on a 10-1 run. Arkansas was led by the strong play by Wilson and Watkins, who each hit double figures in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Razorbacks made 12 of their first 20 shots to jump out to a 30-19 lead. With the defenses tightening before half, Kentucky closed the half on a 9-2 run over the final 6:52, but Arkansas took a 33-28 lead into the locker room. Watkins reached double figures in the first half for the fourth time this season, and Wilson had the second highest scoring half of her career. The Razorbacks shot 48.1 percent from the field in the first half, and were led by 11 by Watkins and 10 by Wilson. Arkansas outrebounded Kentucky 17-16, and forced 10 turnovers on five steals and two blocks. In the second half, Kentucky opened on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 35. The Wildcats took advantage of six Razorback turnovers to take the lead at 44-42, their first lead of the night since hitting the game's opening basket. Arkansas responded, as Williams hit a three pointer and Wilson hit consecutive layups to take a 50-46 lead. The Razorback run continued as Watkins drained her first three pointer of the year to extend the lead to 56-50 and cap a 9-2 run. UA made nine of their first 18 shots en route to a 60-54 lead with five minutes to play. Kentucky answered with a 6-0 run, tying the game with 2:31 to play. Kentucky scored to take a 62-61 lead, but Williams answered with a layup and a free throw to take a 64- 62 lead with 50 seconds remaining. Kentucky answered with a bucket to tie the score with 25 seconds remaining. Arkansas called a timeout with five seconds left to draw up a final play, but couldn't get a good look and the game went to overtime. In overtime, Kentucky pulled away from the Razorbacks. UK jumped out to a 75-68 lead before an three cut the lead to four. Watkins hit another three pointer, but Kentucky finished off the six point victory. Arkansas shot 42.4 percent from the field for the game, and forced 17 turnovers on eight steals. They scored 14 points at the free throw line, and added six on threes.
High School Girls Regular Season
Republic 53, Nixa 50 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The Lady Tigers fended off Nixa late in the second half to remain undefeated, 53-50. Alex Botkin and Alice Heinzler each chalked up doube-figures with 20 and 19 points. Jeana Raper led Nixa with 15 points, Toshua Leavitt added 14.
East Newton 50, Cassville 19 FINAL
East Newton held Cassville to only six points in the first half and they didn't stop there, as the Lady Patriots dominated Cassville in a 50-19 final. Emily Brummett knocked down 17 points for East Newton.
Crane 60, Ash Grove 44 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
The Crane Lady Pirates improve to 20-3 on the season after their victory over Ash Grove Thursday night.
Marshfield 64, Rogersville 32 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
The Lady Jays doubled up Rogersville at home with the help from Lauren Aldridge and her 21-point contribution.
Marionville 51, Fair Grove 37 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Jaycie Dishman and Aubree Brown both shined for Marionville, as they finished with 14 and 13 respectively.
Stockton 62, Pleasant Hope 58 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Jolene Shipps led Stockton with 18 points.
West Plains 62, Waynesville 39 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
The Lady Zizzers take home the conference win over Waynesville, 62-39.
Greenwood 53, Billings 51 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
Greenwood's duo of Crosby Garrison and Kelsey Nau found double-digit scoring success, as Garrison led with 20 and Nau netted 19 points.
Sparta 66, Clever 37 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Sparta's Cailyn Long scored a game-high 32 points.
Blue Eye 46, Ava 31 FINAL
Blue Eye takes home the win thanks to Cheyenne Sheets' 20-point showing. Taylor Miller added 15 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Spokane 48, Forsyth 45 FINAL
In SWCL action, the Lady Owls escaped from Forsyth's late fourth quarter run, 48-45. Spokane's Tayler Murray tallied up 21 points to lead all scorers. Kaitlyn Berry scored 19 despite Forsyth's conference loss.
Hillcrest 68, Lebanon 36 FINAL - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The Lady Hornets knocked off Ozark Conference rival Lebanon by a 32-point margin Thursday night. Kelbi Painter poured 27 points of her own in Hillcrest's win, Kelsie Cleeton chipped in with 17 points and nine assists.
Bolivar 50, Springfield Central 31 FINAL
Randi Hancock led the Lady Liberators with 13 to roll Central, 50-31.
Kickapoo 58, Joplin 36 FINAL
Natalie Closser paved the way for the Lady Chiefs with a 20-point showing.
Ozark 59, Neosho 25 FINAL
Hannah Cook's 19 and Haylee Beard's 17 was enough for Ozark to overcome Neosho, 59-25.
Skyline 41, El Dorado Springs 38 FINAL
Madisen Brethower's 15 points assisted Skyline to defeat El Dorado at home, 41-38.
Parkview 73, Glendale 35 FINAL
The Lady Vikings knocked off Springfield rival Glendale thanks in large part to the 41-point outburst of Aubrey Buckley.
Carthage 54, Willard 52 FINAL
Chloe Shepherd dropped 27 points in Carthage's close win over Willard.
Seneca 38, Monett 34 FINAL
Everton 53, Hurley 51 FINAL
Mount Vernon 52, Lamar 21 FINAL
Mountain Grove 62, Norwood 34 FINAL
Alton 68, Cabool 38 FINAL
Willow Springs 50, Hartville 40 FINAL
Carl Junction 53, Aurora 46 FINAL.
Buffalo 62, Springfield Catholic 50 FINAL
Reeds Spring 58, Hollister 36 FINAL
Pierce City 59, Jasper 21 FINAL
Conway 57, Mansfield 48 FINAL
Greenfield 55, Sarcoxie 32 FINAL
Walnut Grove 70, Gainesville 46 FINAL
Madi Freeze nailed six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points for Walnut Grove.
Seymour 59, Bakersfield 40 FINAL
Drury 90, Missouri-St. Louis 75 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Drury shot 68.1 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent in the second half, en route to a 90-75 win over the visiting University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s basketball team Thursday night in Great Lakes Valley Conference action. The Tritons, who shot 46.4 percent, slip to 13-7 on the season, including 6-6 in the GLVC. The Panthers improve to 16-4 overall with their eighth straight win, while maintaining control of the GLVC West Division with a 10-2 league mark. Drury raced out to an early 11-0 lead before senior Joshua McCoy put his team on the board at the 15:48 mark. That jumper also ignited seven straight for the Tritons. The Panthers extended the lead to 19-11 with 12:56 to play before a 16-9 UMSL run over the next 5:07 brought the Tritons within 28-27 on a Darian Cartharn three-pointer. Sophomore Neil Branham scored six points during that stretch. Drury then closed out the half by outscoring the Tritons, 17-9, to take a 45-36 lead into the half, and opened the second half with an 11-5 run to extended the advantage to 56-41. The Panthers took their largest lead of the game at 80-58 with 8:14 to play before UMSL trimmed it to 84-73 with 2:31 to play. McCoy finished with 24 points, while juniors Michael Weber and Darian Cartharn followed with 14 and 10, respectively. Drury, led by Alex Hall’s game-high 30 points, held a 29-21 rebounding advantage. Senior Isiah Nunn grabbed five rebounds for the Tritons.
Texas A&M 70, Missouri 68 FINAL
Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to help Texas A&M to a 70-68 victory over No. 21 Missouri on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Tigers (16-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 0-5 in true road games. They have won three games at neutral sites this season. Laurence Bowers was wide open when he hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri its first lead of the game, 68-67, with 53 seconds left. Harris turned it over on Texas A&M's next possession, but Phil Pressey gave it right back with a turnover to set up the winning score for A&M (14-8, 4-5). Ray Turner blocked a shot by Keion Bell with 2 seconds left to secure the win. Alex Oriakhi led the Tigers with 15 points.
Evangel 68, Missouri Valley 44 FINAL - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Evangel held Missouri Valley went on a 23-3 run midway through the second half on their way to a 68-44 win at the Ashcroft Center.Evangel had a 32-27 lead at halftime then held the Vikings to 23 percent shooting in the second half as the Vikings went 7 for 30 from the field and 0 for 8 from three-point range in the half.Victor Agbasi had his first career double-double in college scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Zack Kleine added 10 points for Evangel as the Crusaders won their fifth straight game. Law Brown led Missouri Valley with 11 points.Evangel improved to 18-5 and 11-2 in the Heart of America conference while Missouri Valley dropped to 9-16 and 4-9 in the league. The Crusaders are at Graceland for their next game. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. Saturday in Lamoni, Iowa
High School Boys Regular Season
Hillcrest 59, Springfield Central 45 FINAL
Southwest (Washburn) 59, Pierce City 50 FINAL
Everton 79, Hurley 57 FINAL
Wheaton 55, Joplin Thomas Jefferson 24 FINAL
Walnut Grove 54, Humansville 39 FINAL
Weaubleau 65, Wheatland 61 FINAL