|The Pierce City Eagles dominated Clever in the paint and on the boards in their 14-point victory. Derek Turner, the 6'8" center for the Eagles, blocked 6 shots and led all scorers with 19. Wayne Joe Sooter added 17 points, and Robert Baldwin scored 15 for Pierce City. Both Travis Pennewell and Clark Petrochilos scored 16 for Clever.|
|Following a 4-4 beginning, Pierce City reeled off a 12-0 run to end the first quarter with a 16-4 lead. Turner swatted away shots like mosquitoes in that one-sided frame, clearly intimidating the shorter Blue Jays. Clever only had two starters taller than six feet, both freshmen.|
|The Eagles extended their lead to 16 points at halftime, doubling up Clever on the scoreboard, 32-16.|
|Clever finally got untracked on offense in the third quarter and edged the Eagles 18-17 in that eight-minute span. Pierce City's lead had ballooned to 45-23 with 4:10 on the clock, but Clever fashioned a 10-1 run to pull within 46-33. Baldwin's late trey kept Pierce City's lead in double digits, and Clever still trailed by 49-34 at the final break.|
|A free-throw parade helped Clever climb back into contention in the fourth period. Shooting eight for 11 from the line in that period alone, the Jays slashed Pierce City's lead to 51-41 with 3:22 to play. But Pierce City converted from the line too, and then Turner slammed the door with a smooth turnaround jumper from the left block for a 58-45 lead with just 1:35 remaining.|
|The Eagles move on to play Mt. Vernon on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the late semifinal, while Diamond puts its 12-game winning streak on the line against East Newton in the 6 p.m. semifinal.|
|Pierce City scorers: Derek Turner, 19; Wayne Joe Sooter, 17; Robert Baldwin, 15; Chance Chapman, 8; Cedric O'Hara, 5; and Jordan Saffer, 1.|
|Clever scorers: Travis Pennewell, 16; Clark Petrochilos, 16; Dalton Fisher, 10; Matt Hamilton, 4; Jared Albright, 3; and Colton Pemberton, 2.|
Pierce City Lady Eagles
The Pierce City Lady Eagles basketball season came to an end with a 47-32 loss to the Seneca Lady Indians Monday night.
"It was a tough offensive night," said Pierce City Head Coach Chelsea Perry. "We struggled to execute. Seneca was able to take advantage of our mistakes and win the game."
The Lady Eagles led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter and 15-11 at halftime.
Pierce City opened the third period swapping baskets with Seneca and led 17-13, when the Lady Indians went on a 15-0 run to take a 26-17 lead. The third quarter concluded with Pierce City trailing 31-26.
Despite the loss there is still reason for hope for next season.
"We're still a young team," said Perry. "This summer, we are going to attend some camps and summer workouts and try to grow and get better."
Kaelyn Osborn led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 19 points. Also scoring for Pierce City were: Krishna Merriman, 5 points; Megan Golubski, 4 points; and Abby Ashley, 2 points.