The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 16, 2013

Late treys keep ambassadors rolling

Kendall Wingert and Darrin Chitwood nailed 3-point goals down the stretch  to spark Ozark Christian College past Baptist Bible 74-66 Tuesday night in the Ambassadors’ gymnasium.

Wingert finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Ambassadors (16-2). Kyle Wicklund contrbiuted 24 points and nine rebounds, and Zac Hill also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Ambassadors outscored Baptist Bible 37-27 in the second half to erase a 39-37 halftime deficit. Wingert’s 3-point goals tied the game at 64-64, then Darrin Chitwood hit back-to-back treys to give the Ambassadors a 70-64 lead in the final minute.

“We struggled all night long on offense but was able to do a good job on the defensive end,” OCC coach Chris Lahm said.

Robert White netted 13 points for the Patriots, and Ty James, Jesse Johnson and Kevin Gidney added 13 apiece.

Ozark Christian has another home game at 7:30 Friday night against Manhattan Christian. The women’s game starts at 5:30.

Crowder victorious

NEOSHO, Mo — An opening 17-2 barrage helped the Lady ’Riders beat North Arkansas of Harrison 80-55 in Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

“We played well,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said. “We held North Ark., a good team, to 55 points. That’s playing well on defense.”

Crowder, which boosted its record to 15-4 entering Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Three Rivers at Poplar Bluff, led 51-24 at the half.

Crowder received 23 points and 10 rebounds from Terai Sadler. Camila Lacerda added 14 points and six assists.

Chole Nichols added six boards for Crowder. Megan Ritter had three steals and Nichols joined Caprese Marshall with two.

North Ark, which is coached by former Crowder player Stacie Klott, received 14 points from Destiny Prochaska.

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