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Pierce City ladies advance in district play; boys' season ends

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dominating inside. Pierce City's Krishna Merriman played a huge role in the Lady Eagles' victory over East Newton Monday night in the Class 3, District 12 quarterfinals. Merriman scored 20 points. Pierce City plays the top sees Mt. Vernon on Thursday. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
The Pierce City Lady Eagles defeated East Newton 52-40 Monday night to advance to the semi-finals of the Class 3, District 4 tournament.

"It's definitely tough to play a team three times in one season," said Pierce City head coach Tiffany Dirks. "Both teams know what the other team is capable of. I was very proud of our effort, and we are excited for the chance to move on in district play."

The Lady Eagles led 16-10 after one quarter of play and 29-15 at halftime.

Getting the job done. Pierce City senior Kaelyn Osborn dishes out an assist during the Lady Eagles quarterfinal win the district tournament Monday night. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
"Krishna Merriman's play in the post was huge for our team tonight," said Dirks. "We'll need that kind of effort in our next game."

East Newton was led in scoring by Whitney Thomlinson with 9 points and Shelby Thomlinson with 7 points.

Scoring for Pierce City were: Merriman, 20; Kaelyn Osborn, 10; Megan Golubski, Christine Younker and Becca Hatfield, 6 points each; and Bailee Hayward, 4.

The fourth-seeded Lady Eagles will face top-seeded Mt. Vernon in the district semi-finals on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Pierce City boys

The Pierce City Eagles season came to an end Tuesday night when they fell 70-54 to top-seeded Mt. Vernon in the Class 3, District 12 quarterfinals.

"It was a seven-point game with three and a half minutes to go," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "I was proud of the boys and their effort. We got better as the season went along, and that is always encouraging."

The Mountaineers outscored the Eagles 22 to 10 in the first period and led 37-23 at halftime. Pierce City picked up its intensity in the second half and outperformed Mt. Vernon 19 to 13, trailing 50-42 to start the final period.

"I told our players. after the game that they have no reason to hang their heads," said Street. "We started the season 2-12 but ended up winning nine of our last 11 games."

Pierce City finishes the season with a 13-14 record,

Scoring for Mt. Vernon were: Zane Phillips, 16; Shane Williams, 15; Chandler Meyer and Kaden Jones, 12 each; Luke Call, 8; Braden Adams, 6; and Skylar Phillips, 1.

Scoring for Pierce City were: Wayne Joe Sooter, 30; Zack Hyde, 10; Colin Garner, 8; Cody Fitchpatrick, 4; and Kole Kelly, 2.

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