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Pierce City drops physical matchup with Webb City

Friday, December 28, 2012

Up and in. Pierce City sophomore Bailee Hayward scores 2 points against Webb City during an added game at the Neosho Holiday Tournament. The game counted as a regular season matchup and not as a tournament game because it was not an originally scheduled tournament contest. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford] [Order this photo]
The fact that the Pierce City Lady Eagles basketball team emerged without any injuries from a 54-40 loss to Webb City was comfort enough for Lady Eagles' coach Rob Guerin.

"We won't have to face another team that physical again this season," said Guerin. "I thought our girls did a good job responding and played well in spots. We battled hard all game."

The matchup was originally not scheduled to occur at the Neosho Holiday Tournament. Two Arkansas teams were delayed by severe weather, causing a forfeit and another game being scheduled in their place. The matchup counted in the regular season standings but not in tournament play.

Pressure cooker. Webb City's Mikaela Burgess tries to cut off the drive of Becca Hatfield during basketball action at Neosho on Dec. 26. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford] [Order this photo]
Both teams spent the 32 minutes pounding on each other. Both teams shot the ball a combined 47 times from the free throw line.

Pierce City got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 8-4 lead. Webb City calmed down and closed out the period with a 12-5 push to lead 16-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Cardinals continued the surge into the second frame with a 13-5 nudge to open a 31-18 lead.

Webb City dominated on the boards in the second and third periods, establishing a 17 to 5 advantage. Points in the paint (36-14) also favored the Lady Cardinals.

The green and white struggled to match the depth of Webb City but showed resolve by outscoring their opponent 22-18 in the second half.

Scoring for Pierce City were: Emily Ashley, Christine Younker and Bailee Hayward, 8 each; Becca Hatfield, 7; Krishna Merriman, 4; Shania Hogan, 3; and Mattie Brottlund, 2.

Scoring for Webb City were: Casey Heger, 12 points; Desirea Buerge, 10; Kaitlin Beason and Mikaela Burgess, each; Asia Berno, 6; Lexey Knelb, 4; and Lacy Resa and Megan Heman, 2 apiece.

The Lady Eagles play today at 7:30 p.m. at Neosho.

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