"Our girls played very well tonight," said Pierce City coach Tiffany Dirks. "We came out aggressive and took an early lead, which established the tempo of the game quickly. I was proud of the way we controlled the game and was very pleased with the win."
Any thought of a Lockwood victory was quickly erased by the Lady Eagles as they jumped out to a 12-0 lead and cruised to a 29-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Pierce City increased the lead in the second period, outscoring the Lady Tigers 13-8 to take a commanding 42-16 advantage into halftime.
The Lady Eagles opened the second half on a 7-2 run and led 49-23 to start the final period.
Scoring for Pierce City were: Megan Golubski and Kaelyn Osborn, 16 each; Krishna Merriman, 14; Becca Hatfield, 7; Bailee Hayward, 6; Emily Ashley, 3; and Christine Younker and Shania Hogan, 2.
The Lady Eagles improved to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Spring River Valley Conference
Pierce City continues action on Thursday at College Heights. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Pierce City boys
The Pierce City Eagles basketball team fell to Wheaton to open play in the Crane Invitational Tournament Monday night.
The Bulldogs led 14-10 after the first quarter and 34-22 at halftime.
A huge third quarter squashed any hopes of an Eagles' comeback as the Bulldogs outperformed Pierce City 21-5 to lead 51-27 to start the fourth quarter.
"We did some good things last night but not enough to compete," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "We can't have quarters where we give up 21 and only score 5. We have to pick up our effort on the defensive end."
Scoring for Pierce City were: Wayne Joe Sooter, 15; Colin Garner, 8; Zack Hyde, 6; Cody Fitchpatrick, 5; and Ian Brottlund, 2.
Pierce City continues tournament play tonight against Crane. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.