The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 10, 2013

OCC men romp to victory

From staff reports

WILLARD, Mo. — Sharp shooting carried Ozark Christian to a big advantage in the first half as the Ambassadors coasted past visiting Nebraska Christian 106-55 in men’s college basketball on Saturday.

OCC, which received points from 13 players, hiked its record to 23-6 overall and 7-3 in the Midwest Christian College Conference.

The Ambassadors shot 69.2 percent from the field in taking a 57-26 halftime lead. They finished at 63.2 percent on 48 of 76.

Kyle Wicklund, who was 13 of 18 from the floor, paced OCC with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Zac Hill and Cameron Woodring tallied 15 and 13, respectively.

OCC coach Chris Lahm said the team is seeded third and will host the MCCC Tournament on Feb. 14-16. Regular-season champion Manhattan Christian and runner-up Barclay are seeded first and second.

Lahm also said that OCC will host the NCCAA Division II Southwest Regional on Feb. 21-23.

The OCC men resume by visiting Central Bible in Springfield at 7 p.m. on Monday. Tabitha Hall’s OCC women will entertain Rhema at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Coach Lahm said two players on the women’s team have been sidelined with injuries — Tesia Lahm, who faces knee surgery, and Katrina Hughes (concussion).

Crowder 71, Arkansas Baptist 55

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Lady ’Riders rallied from a 36-34 halftime deficit in boosting their record 22-4 with the non-regional victory.

“A 2-3 zone was effective in the second half,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said. “We did a good job of making them take outside shots and covering passing lanes on  the inside.”

Terai Sadler scored 23 points for Crowder. Caprese Marshall added 18 and Sarah Sagely 13.

Crowder also got six rebounds from Dorian Briggs, five boards apiece from Sadler and Camila Lacerda, five assists from Sagely, four steals from Briggs and Lacerda and three thefts from Sadler and Marshall.

Taylor Green scored 20 points for Arkansas Baptist.

Crowder visits Sedalia State Fair for a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Cottey 72, St. Louis CC 60

NEVADA, Mo. — The Comets improved to 15-1 by beating the Archers.

Veterans Blaklee Sanders and Bailey Braden scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, and freshman Dayna Turnbull notched 17 to power Cottey. The Comets led 34-21 at the half.

Lauren Maclin, Kala Martin and Chanese Washington combined to tally 50 for the visitor.

Cottey, hoping to avenge its loss, will visit Penn Valley at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.