Wellington-Napoleon too quick for the Bulldogs
DUNCAN HUGHES had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to help the Tigers defeat Odessa 53-42 December 2.
It was evident which basketball team was bigger during warm-ups. But once Wellington-Napoleon and Odessa tipped off on Friday it also became evident which team was quicker. And that quickness allowed the Tigers to pull off a 53-42 win over the Bulldogs on Odessa's home floor.
Wellington-Napoleon led by six after one quarter of play. By halftime Odessa had trimmed that down to three at 23-20.
In the third, the Tigers began to take control. A pair of free throws by Trey Shannon pushed the Tigers' lead back out to six. Blake Bunch completed a three-point play to extend the lead to nine. Scout Schaberg then hit one of two from the free throw line to make it 35-25 with 2:55 left in the third. John Asher and Hunter Garrison scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to six, but the Tigers kept scrapping and continually got to the free throw line to help them take a 40-30 lead to the fourth quarter. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs split with Warrensburg, Bolivar
Warrensburg played host to Odessa and Bolivar November 29 to open the wrestling season. Bulldogs lost a close dual with Warrensburg 33-30 and defeated Bolivar 48-16.
Logan White was a winner by forfeit against Warrensburg at 120 pounds.
Clint Donovan pinned Sampson Deloach at 3:57 at 126. Bulldogs were open at 132.
Max Bake lost in sudden victory one to Colby Benge 3-1 at 138. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers get 39-37 road win over Odessa
CARLEIGH JENKINS had eight points, eight rebounds and two assists in Wellington-Napoleon's 39-37 win over Odessa December 2.
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team trailed 20-12 after one quarter Friday when they traveled to Odessa.
Lady Bulldogs shot the ball well and defended well in the first eight minutes of play, but the momentum shifted in the second. Wellington-Napoleon began to knock down shots while Odessa went ice cold. Lady Tigers held Odessa scoreless almost the entire quarter. Even still, when Laura Empson scored Odessa's only two points of the quarter with 11 seconds left in the half, the basket gave the Lady Bulldogs a 22-21 halftime lead.
Another scoring drought to start the second half put the Lady Bulldogs in a hole. Wellington-Napoleon's 11-0 run where they got points from Sammy Blystone, Carleigh Jenkins, Kelsey Gray and Jaymie White gave the Lady Tigers a 32-22 lead. Odessa was able to cut it down to five by the start of the fourth thanks to makes from Empson and Kinly Grubb, but the lead remained elusive the remainder of the contest. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers fall to Lawson in three overtimes
A roller coaster ride called a boys high school basketball game took place November 29 between Wellington-Napoleon and Lawson at WNHS.
Tigers came out on fire from the floor in the first quarter and took a 16-7 lead to the second. Cardinals relied on their outside shots in the first quarter and couldn't find the touch. That changed in the second quarter. Lawson found their range while the Tigers cooled considerably. Wellington-Napoleon was outscored 28-7 in the quarter and went to the locker room down 35-23.
Lawson extended the lead to 17 points early in the third before the Tigers began to gut out a comeback. Darrion Welsh, Trey Shannon, Duncan Hughes and Scout Schaberg all scored in a run that cut Lawson's 17-point lead down to eight in just over three minutes. Shannon's bucket with 1:55 left in the quarter made it a six-point game, but Lawson withstood the run and worked the lead back up to 54-43 by the end of the quarter. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa is UCA Show-Me Regional Champions
DOUBLE CHAMPIONS | Odessa won the varsity regional championship and the JV regional championship Sunday at the UCA Show-Me Regionals at Staley High School. Members of the team are, front, from left, Kristen Johnson, Maddie Tripp, Destiny Cox, Jordan White, Mercedes Behrman, Sydney Shackles, Hannah Beggs, Abra Raybourn, Carsyn Schloman, Coach Kelsey Townsend, Sierra McCoy, Gabby Caponetto, Madison Dukes; back, Rachel Wilkerson, Bianca Woodward, Coach Kandis Bass, Coach Megan Bickel, Madi Wulfekotter, Brea Ray, Mikala Smith, Sarah Pierce, Mariah Brewe, Abigail Stahlke, Erika Cowan, Kaylin Hotmer, Layne Schloman, Aimee Feagan, head coach.
The Universal Cheerleaders Association Show-Me Regionals took place Sunday at Staley High School.
JV competed in the Game Day Division and took first place. Varsity team competed in the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division and also won the championship. Sweet Springs was the runner-up behind Odessa in the varsity division. Read more in The Odessan.