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Pierce City travels over 600 miles to collect wins

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Photo courtesy of Ronda Hatfield Getting fouled. Cody Fitchpatrick gets fouled while shooting during a varsity tilt against Sarcoxie on Jan. 26. Fitchpatrick finished the contest with 15 points.
The trip of a lifetime resulted in a pair of victories for Pierce City High School's basketball teams.

The two basketball squads wrapped up a doubleheader with Liberal on Jan. 24.

Then the Eagles and Lady Eagles boarded a bus at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, traveled 331 miles to play Sarcoxie at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

Photo courtesy of Ronda Hatfield Easy points. Pierce City junior Christine Younker gets to the rim during basketball action on Jan. 26.
Pierce City's boys earned a 43-36 victory over the Bears and the girls cruised to a 42-13 win.

"We had a great time in Memphis," said Pierce City Eagles coach Matt Street. "The kids did a great job of focusing up after halftime. We did a nice job on the defensive end of the floor to help overcome our offensive struggles."

Both squads were tied 10-10 at the end of one quarter of play. The Bears outscored the Eagles 11-8 in the second period to take a 21-18 edge into halftime.

Photo courtesy of Ronda Hatfield Unlimited airtime. The Pierce City Eagles basketball team traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to play Sarcoxie on Jan. 26. Pierce City junior Zack Hyde scores with a layup during the contest.
Pierce City's defense tightened up in the third period to hold the purple and gold to 4 points while the green and white totaled 10 points.

Pierce City carried the fourth quarter 15-11.

Scoring for Sarcoxie: Garrett Triplett, 15 points; Justin Meyers, 12; Austin Lynch, 3; and Ryder Cox, Tucker Mettlach and Riley Anderson.

Photo courtesy of Ronda Hatfield Up and in. Pierce City sophomore Bailee Hayward makes a short jumper against Sarcoxie at the FedEx Forum on Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26.
Scoring for Pierce City: Cody Fitchpatrick, 15 points; Zack Hyde, 12;

Cedric O'Hara, 8; Kole Kelley, 7; and Colton Drollinger, 1.

Pierce City girls

The Lady Eagles improved to 14-7 with a convincing 42-13 victory over the Lady Bears.

The green and white won every quarter.

"We started out a little sluggish from the long bus ride but were able to get things going in the second quarter," said Peirce City coach Rob Guerin. "The team had a great time and it was a great team bonding experience."

Pierce City held a 6-3 after the first eight minutes but used a 21-0 surge in the second period to lead 27-3 at intermission.

The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Bears 9 to 7 in the third and 6 to 3 in the fourth periods.

Scoring for Pierce City: Krishna Merriman, 13 points; Bailee Hayward, 10; Christine Younker, 6; Mattie Brottlund and Amber Wagner, 4 each; Emily Ashley, 3; and Beca Hatfield, 2.

"Overall, it was a great trip and we had a really good time," said Street. "I would definitely be interested in doing it again in a couple of years."

Pierce City will host Lockwood in a conference doubleheader on Feb. 1. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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