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December 26, 2013

Ickes' shot lifts McDonald County to win

NEOSHO, Mo. — Coley Ickes drove to the basket and scored with 40 seconds remaining as McDonald County came from behind and defeated Pierce City 38-37 Thursday in the first round of the Neosho Holiday Tournament.

McDonald County tied the score four times in the fourth quarter until Pierce City’s Christine Younker made the first of two free throws with 1 minute, 58 seconds left and gave the Eagles a 37-36 lead.

Courtni Smith led McDonald County with 12 points and Preslea Reece had 11 points.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said McDonald County coach Blake Short after the two teams played on the morning after Christmas. “I thought we looked OK under the circumstances in the first half. We got into a little foul trouble and let them back in it.”

McDonald County led 22-18 early in the second half before Pierce City took a 26-22 lead with an 8-0 run that included two field goals apiece by Bailee Hayward and Younker, who each scored 13 points.

McDonald County tied the game at 30 when Reece scored on an in-bounds play, was fouled and made the free throw with 5:43 remaining.

From there, the two teams traded baskets as the Mustangs tied the score at 32, 34 and 36.

“It’s always good to be put in those situations,” Short said. “I thought we did a decent job. Fortunately, we were able to get one on the last play and get a stop.”

McDonald County took an 18-11 lead in the second quarter, but Pierce City pulled to within 20-18 at halftime on a basket by Hayward with an assist from Mattie Brottlund, two free throws and Hayward’s field goal after an offensive rebound.

“We definitely didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” said Pierce City head coach Rob Guerin. “We worked on game situations two or three different times.

“One of our keys is getting our offense off of our defense,” he said. “We just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”

EAST NEWTON 77, NEOSHO JV 9

Lindey Broyles scored 14 points and Kortney Cambers scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Patriots advanced to the semifinals in the Gold Division against Bentonville.

Skyelar Long led Neosho’s junior varsity with five points.

NEOSHO 75, FORREST CITY 64

Chelsey Henry led four players in double figures as the Wildcats advanced to the semifinals in the Black Division against Carthage.

“We played a lot of zone defense,” said Neosho head coach Lance Robbins. “We primarily play man to man, but their quickness gave us trouble early.”

Henry scored 20 points, Brooke Stauffer scored 14 points and Morgan Rogers and Long each scored 12 points. The Wildcats led 59-40 going into the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we would have liked,” Robbins said. “Chelsey did a very good job of taking care of the basketball and creating opportunities for other people.”

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