The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 20, 2013

Ambassadors clip Barclay


From staff reports

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Ozark Christian College, ranked eighth in NCCAA Division II, rallied to beat visiting Barclay 85-83 in Midwest Christian College Conference men’s basketball on Saturday.

The Bears, from Haviland, Kan., rallied to triumph 65-61 in the women’s contest.

The OCC men improved to 17-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference in bouncing back from Friday night’s loss to 10th-ranked Manhattan Christian.

“Will Hall and Adam Smith, our newcomers from Florida,  provided a huge lift in the second half after we fell behind by eight points,” Ambassador coach Chris Lahm said. “Smith, 6-foot-6, filled in for a sick Kyle Wicklund and Smith had four steals.”

Six OCC players scored nine or more points with the leaders Smith (15) and Kendall Wingert (13). Wicklund and Darrin Chitwood had 11 apiece.

Toney Hatton, who was 11 of 11 from the foul line, scored 19 points for Barclay.

The Barclay women outscored OCC 32-24 in the second half to deny the Ambassadors.

Sarah Rhodes scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for OCC. Anna Chandler tallied 19.

Kaylee Miller had 13 points and 14 boards for Barclay. Jamie Larsh scored 24.

Crowder triumphs

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — The ’Lady Riders, 16-4 overall, beat Three Rivers 74-54 for a 2-0 record against opponents from NJCAA Division I Region 16.

Crowder, which led 38-30 at the half, received 17 points and nine rebounds from Terai Sadler, 15 points and six boards from Veronica Amos (who’s from nearby Kennett) and 10 points from Sarah Sagely.

Crowder also got six boards and seven assists from Camila Lacerda. Sagely had three steals and Megan Ritter and Amos two each. Dorian Briggs and Sagely each blocked two shots.

Said Crowder coach Tina Robbins: “We played very well on defense ... especially in the second half. We encountered some foul trouble, went to a 2-3 zone and today it was effective.”

Crowder entertains State Fair at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Neosho in Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

Cottey handed loss

NEVADA, Mo. — Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley snapped the Comets’ season-opening 10-game winning streak with a 90-70 win in the Hinkhouse.

The Scouts amassed a 50-30 halftime lead in the clash of NJCAA Division II Region 16 teams.

Jay Bland, a 6-4 sophomore, tallied 28 points for the Kansas City team and 5-10 veteran Voneisha Harris added 21.

Said Cottey coach Dave Ketterman: “They were strong inside with Bland and Harris hit some big shots. We didn’t run our offense very well in the first half.”

Cottey received 22 points from freshman Dayna Turnbull. Kat Zumalt added 12, Blaklee Sanders 10 and Chelsey Rowland nine.

Cottey entertains the Central Methodist junior varsity at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.