The Pierce City Lady Eagles basketball team fell 43-39 to Strafford to open play in the Ash Grove Lady Pirate Classic.
"We played well at times against a solid defensive team," said Pierce City coach Rob Guerin. "We had two players out with injuries that could help when they get healthy."
The two teams battled to a 14-14 tie after one quarter and the Lady Indians took a 26-24 lead into halftime.
Pierce City (0-1) outscored Strafford (1-1) 11-7 in the third period, but the Lady Indians won the fourth quarter 10-4.
Pierce City scoring: Emily Ashley, 20 points, Krishna Merriman, 11; Christine Younker, 4; and Mattie Brottlund and Shania Hogan, 2 points each.
Strafford leading scorers were: Emily Oberback, 12 points; Amanda Rowder, 11; Kaylee Larimer, 9; and Grace Bernskoetter, 4.
Pierce City will play Lamar at Ash Grove on Nov. 30 in the consolation semifinal. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.