The Pierce City Eagles made history Saturday night with a 68-52 win over Thomas Jefferson in the championship game of the Pierce City Invitational.
The tournament win was the first for the Eagles since 1971, and marked the school's third title in the 47 year history of the tournament.
"This was a big win for our team," said Pierce City Head Coach Matt Street. "It really sets the tone for the rest of our season."
Pierce City jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter, and doubled that score to lead 34-18 at the half. The Eagles used size and athleticism to negate any Wildcat scoring runs.
"We have an advantage," said Street. "Most teams we play try to run their offense from the outside in, because of our size we can go inside out."
"We made winning this tournament one of our preseason goals," added Street. "Robert Baldwin, Derek Turner and Wayne Joe Sooter played big minutes for us all tournament long. I am very proud of these boys."
The Eagles were led in scoring by Baldwin's 22 points. Turner scored 16 points. Sooter chipped in18 points. Cedric O'Hara added 8 points. Chance Chapman and Cody Fitchpatrick each finished with 2 points.
Baldwin and Turner were named to the All- Tournament team.
The Pierce City Eagles advance to the finals of the Pierce City Invitational defeating Thomas Jefferson 48-37 Thursday night.
"We had a great defensive first half," said Street. "Overall I was really pleased. We could never really put the Cavilers away, but were able to hold on to a comfortable lead. It was a great team win."
Leading the way statistically for the Eagles was Turner with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Cedric O'Hara added 9 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Robert Baldwin chipped in 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Chance Chapman contributed 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Wayne Joe Sooter finished with 5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Cody Fitchpatrick recorded 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Jordan Saffer added 3 points to round out the scoring.
Pierce City will be in action Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Wheaton.
The Pierce City Lady Eagles won the consolation round of the Ash Grove Tournament Saturday with a 57-44 win over Camdenton.
"This was a really good win for us," said Pierce City Head Coach. "The girls worked hard and came out focused. Camdenton pulled within three in the third quarter but we made a run in the fourth quarter to pull away. This was a total team win."
The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Krishna Merriman with 22 points. Kaelyn Osborn poured in 20 points. Megan Golubski added 9 points. Christiane Younker chipped in 4 points. Mattie Parrigon rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
Pierce City vs. Lamar
The Pierce City Lady Eagles defeated Lamar 58-41 last Friday night in the Ash Grove Tournament.
Leading scorer for the Lady Eagles was Younker with 15 points. Osborn chipped in 10 points. Emily Ashley added 8 points. Parrigon chipped in 3 points. Merriman had 11 points. Jen Velten had 1 point.
Pierce City will be in action Monday, Dec, 6 at Crane.