In area boys basketball tournaments last night, Monett rallied late to beat McDonald County 61-54 and Wheaton edged East Newton 49-48. Other area boys and girls teams did not fare so well in tournament games.
Behind by 8 points entering the fourth quarter, the Monett Cubs stepped up the defensive pressure by limiting the McDonald County Mustangs to just 5 points in the final period while scoring 20 to win their first game of the year.
The seventh-seeded Cubs trailed McDonald County by 10 points, 16-6, after the first quarter, and could do little to chip away at that deficit until late. Monett trailed 34-15 at the half and 49-41 after three quarters.
In the last quarter, the Cubs applied full court defense and dominated the defensive boards. Josh Shaner sparked Monett in the final period by scoring all 10 of his point.
"We showed a lot of tenacity," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz. "We got behind by 16 early in the game when our shots weren't falling but we continued to play with confidence."
Tyler Green led a balanced Cub scoring attack with 19 points. Also in double figures besides Shaner were Kennon Cox with 18 points and Kyle Woods with 11 points.
Woods and Trenton Peirce each pulled down seven rebounds for Monett. Spenser Witt had four steals.
Monett, 1-1, will travel to Neosho on Tuesday for a non-conference contest.
Also in that tournament last night, Nevada stopped Cassville 52-43.
Axi Larson tallied 10 points for Cassville.
Pierce City Tournament
It was a nip-and-tuck battle between the Wheaton Bulldogs and East Newton Patriots before Wheaton was able to pull out the semifinal win.
The Bulldogs will face Thomas Jefferson, a 61-40 winner over Pierce City in the other semifinal game, at 7 p.m. tomorrow for the tourney title.
Wheaton trailed the Patriots 23-22 at the half, but got the win by outscoring East Newton 13-11 in the last quarter.
Donovan Bartkoski and Jesse Mitchell led Wheaton's scoring attack with 13 points each.
The Pierce City Eagles, behind just 25-24 at intermission, was outscored 21-11 in the third stanza and could not recover.
Wayne Joe Sooter had 17 points for the Eagles.
Pierce City will meet East Newton at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for third place.
Ash Grove Tournament
In the girls Ash Grove Tournament, the Pierce City Lady Eagles were outscored 18-10 in he pivotal fourth quarter and lost to Ash Grove 42-40 in the consolation round.
"We played very young in the fourth quarter and that is what cost us," said PCHS Head Coach Marty Rinehart. "We had way too many turnovers, especially at the end.
"Overall, however, we competed with a very good Ash Grove team and had a chance to win it at the end of the game," Rinehart said.
Kaelyn Osborn led Pierce City in scoring with 13 points. Megan Golubski added 10 points.
Ashley Abby led Pierce City in rebounds with 11. Osborn was the team leader in assists with four.
Pierce City will meet Camdenton for third place tomorrow night.
In the girls Aurora Tournament, Purdy was defeated in the semifinals by Mt. Vernon 70-61.
Mt. Vernon built a 40-27 lead by halftime enroute to the win.
Shelby White led a balanced Purdy scoring attack with 18 points. Also in twin figures were Addy Roller with 17 points and Brittany Mareth and Audrey Patton with 12 points each.
Kenzie Williams sparked the Lady Mountaineers with 27 points.
In the boys Clever Tournament, the Purdy Eagles were ousted in the consolation round by Hartville 53-51.
Purdy led 15-14 after the opening stanza but were outscored 15-10 in the second quarter and could not come back.
Landon Terry led Purdy in scoring with 16 points. Riley Veith added 12 points.