The Nevada Lady Tigers are scheduled to close out their pre-holiday basketball schedule Thursday night. The Lady Tigers of head coach Brent Bartlett, will be looking for their fifth straight win heading into the holiday break when they travel to Harrisonville to face the Lady Wildcats. Nevada will enter the non-conference contest at 6-2 on the season after a 66-45 win over O'Hara Tuesday night. It's an early start time with the junior varsity contest starting things off at 5:00 p.m. and the varsity will follow at about 6:30 p.m. at Harrisonville High School. Coverage is scheduled to begin at about 6:15 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO-FM and online at www.knemknmo.com and with live video coverage at www.nevadamotv.com.
The Nevada Tiger wrestlers hit the road Thursday night for a triangular event. The Tiger grapplers will head to Buffalo High School for matches against the Bison and the Glendale Falcons out of Springfield. Nevada is also scheduled to be in competition this Friday and Saturday at the two-day Harrisonville Holiday Tournament.
The Nevada Lady Tigers grabbed their fourth straight win by pulling away in the second half for a 66-45 win over the Kansas City O'Hara Lady Celtics Tuesday night at Wynn Gymnasium. After trailing 29-28 at the half, Nevada outscored O'Hara 18-5 in the third quarter for a 46-34 lead and increased that advantage with a 20-11 run in the final eight minutes. The Lady Tigers senior trio of Rilie Good, Mikayla Bartlett and Morgan McNeley combined for 58 of Nevada's 66 points. Good led the way with 22 while Bartlett had 19 and McNeley 17. The win was the fourth straight for Nevada as the Lady Tigers improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in West Central Conference play. O'Hara, led by Izzy Mitchell's 19 points, fell to 2-4 and 0-2. Nevada completed the girls sweep by also winning the junior varsity contest 43-21 over the O'Hara JV. Nevada closes out their pre-holiday schedule Thursday night at Harrisonville.
Kansas City O'Hara built a fourteen point halftime lead and then held off a Nevada surge in the second half to defeat the Tigers 57-50 Tuesday in the boys half of the West Central Conference doubleheader. Dezmond McDaniel scored 25 points to lead the Celtics while C.J. Naudet added 15 as the Celtics upped their record to 6-1 and 2-0 in the WCC. Nevada was led by Clay Gayman's 17 points with Brandon Barker adding 14 but the Tigers slipped to 1-6 and 0-4. O'Hara jumped out to 34-20 lead at halftme but Nevada started the second half with an 8-0 run and was back within eight at 43-35 at the end of the third. The Tigers closed the gap to 47-45 in the fourth quarter but Naudet came up with a three point play to up the lead to five and Nevada was unable to close the gap again. O'Hara was also able to capture the boys junior varsity game 24-20 over the Nevada JV. The Nevada boys close out the first half of their schedule this Friday night at home against the Warrensburg Tigers.
It was a doubleheader sweep for Butler Tuesday night in Rich Hill. The Butler Lady Bears beat the Lady Tigers 61-56. Rich Hill had the lead much of the first three quaters, but the Lady Bears overcame a 2 point deficit to start the final quarter, and outscored the Lady Tigers 19-12 in the quarter. Jenna Bosch lead Butler scorers with 19. Sierra Reynolds also reach double digits with 10. Rich Hill's Allie Taylor lead all scorers with 21 points. Jordann Wheatley added 13. Taylor Brooks added 11 points on the night. In the boys half of the doubleheader, the Bears upended the Tigers 57-47. Both teams came out strong in the 1st quarter, as both teams scored 18 points in the quarter. The 2nd quarter was all Butler as they outscored Rich Hill 14-0 in the quarter. The Tigers would get within 2 in the final period, before eventually falling by 10. Butler's Zach Burch paced all scorers with 15 points, all coming before fouling out with 4:36 left in the game. Zeph Smith and Baustin Sargent each added 14. For Rich Hill, they were lead by Blaine Robb with 13. Jacob Thompson reached double digits with 11.
Nevada High School Girls Swimming competed in Carthage in the Carthage Lady Dual on Tuesday. In team results, the Lady Tigers were 6-1, beating Harrisonville, Joplin, Lamar, Monett, Ozark, and Seymour. The only loss coming to Carthage. In individual results, Nevada claimed 1st place in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:54.99. The team was made up of Morgan Ernsbarger, Emma Denman, Maddie McCaffree, and Makayla Haner. Emma Denman placed 2nd in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 28.17. Nevada also placed 2nd in the 200 yard Medley Relay with a time of 2:08.57. That team was comprised of Makayla Haner, Paige Webb, Mikayla Mohrmore, and Emma Denman. Morgan Ernsbarger claimed 3rd in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:39.51. Mikayla Mohrman also received a 3rd place finish in the 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:06.50.
Nevada High School Varsity wrestlers were in action on Saturday in the Carl Junction Tournament. Tiger wrestlers claimed two 1st place wrestlers with Jacob Johnson at 195 and Dayton Miller at 126. Colton Shrewsbury placed 2nd at 132. Placing 4th was Scott Swink at 220. Tiger wrestlers will be back in action this Thursday as they travel to Buffalo for a traingular, also featuring Springfield Glendale. The triangular will begin at 5:30 P.M.
On a side note, Junior Dayton Miller joins the Century Club with his 100th Career Win. Currently he is 14-1 on the season heading into the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament this weekend.
Junior Varsity wrestlers were also in action on Saturday, competing in the Harrisonville Junior Varsity Tournament. Clay Landoll placed 2nd in 113. Cameron Diaz also placed 2nd in 132A. Nevada also claimed another 2nd place result with Cody Hansen at 138C. Christian Aguilar placed 3rd at 132C. Wrapping up Tiger wrestlers placing was Trevor Olsen with 3rd place at 152C. Junior Varsity wrestlers will be competing in the triangular this Thursday at Buffalo.
Missouri Tiger basketball slid back to .500 on Saturday as they fall to Xavier Musketeers 74-58 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers drop to 5-5 on the season. Jonathan Williams III, led the Tigers with 17 points. Mizzou will be back in action on Saturday as they play on the road against the host Illinois Fighting Illini at the Scotttrade Center in St. Louis. Illinois is 7-3 on the season. Pregame will begin at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, preempting the 12:30 News broadcast. Tip-off is set for 1:00 P.M. on the Tiger Network.
Missouri State has hired Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel as its new head football coach. Steckel is a long-time aide of Gary Pinkel, and replaces Terry Allen, who was 37-64 in 9 seasons, and 4-8 last season. Mizzou led the SEC in total defense in conference. Steckel did say he would coach Missouri through the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on January 1st, before joining the Bears.
The Missouri Tigers have received word they will be featured in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on January 1st at 12:00 P.M. Mizzou will face Minnesota. The Tigers look to bounce back after the 42-13 rout by Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.