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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Sullivan players, coaches and fans ran the full gamut of emotion Saturday at the O’Reilly Event Center at Drury University in Springfield.

The Lady Eagles enjoyed joy, concern and worry during a 55-39 MSHSAA Class 4 quarterfinal loss to the Webb City Lady Cardinals.

“We just came out with a lot of energy and intensity,” Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel said. “That’s only the second time in school history we’ve been in a quarterfinal game. The girls were excited and ready for the challenge. We got out to a fast start and ended slow.”

Sullivan ended its season with a 24-5 record while matching the school’s best-ever girls basketball finish by reaching the quarterfinals. The 2008-09 Sullivan girls also were knocked out in the quarterfinal round.

Webb City (24-5) will play Smithville (25-4) Thursday in Columbia at 8:30 p.m. in the Class 4 semifinals.

“The goal is to come back,” Merkel said. “We want to get back here. We want to establish our program as a competitive program every single year. With the kids we have in the locker room and the ones we have in the program, hopefully we can stay competitive not only in the area but throughout the state.”

Sullivan came out with a hot start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead over the Lady Cardinals. Sullivan maintained a seven-point edge through half of the quarter before Webb City found the range, ending the quarter on an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 14-10 after one quarter.

“I think they made hustle plays coming down to the last two or three minutes,” Merkel said. “When we jumped out and had the lead, Webb City was making hustle plays going out and making offensive rebounds. We weren’t able to get back on transition defense and stop them or contain. We were our own worst enemy.”

Any concern on the Sullivan bench turned into worry during the second quarter. The Lady Cardinals ripped off another seven points in a row to tie it at 17-17 with 2:52 remaining in the half.

Sullivan stopped that run with a basket, but the Lady Cardinals went on another six-point run to end the half with a 23-19 lead.

The second half belonged to the team in light blue and red. The Cardinals outscored Sullivan 16-7 in the third quarter to hold a 39-26 advantage after three quarters.

“The third quarter was huge,” Merkel said. “They’re making threes and we’re missing every shot. We’re 2-19 from three and they were 7-21. They hit a majority of them in the third quarter back-to-back and pushed that lead. When they’re making threes and we’re struggling to hit two-footers, it’s hard to win.”

Concern turned into worry on the Sullivan bench by that time, but junior Aley Lucas hit a three and then scored off a quick steal to give Sullivan the surge it needed to have a chance to rally.

But Webb City did everything it needed to do to stop that rally. The Lady Cardinals took care of the ball, forced Sullivan to foul and made enough free throws to keep a comfortable lead, winning 55-39.

Perhaps the telling factor in the game was shooting, especially from beyond the arc.

Webb City hit seven of 21 three-point attempts while Sullivan was 2-19.

Overall, Webb City was 19-48 from the field for the game while Sullivan went 15-57. Webb City was 10-21 from the free-throw line while Sullivan went 7-13.

“They’re big and they’re strong,” said Merkel. “Sometimes we’re able to grind the ball inside the paint. We weren’t able to do that very well. Plus, our shots weren’t falling. We were pretty dismal shooting it. We were missing a lot of two-footers and Webb City was making theirs.”

Sullivan was paced in scoring by Aley Lucas, who recorded a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

Senior Demi Reed, one of two Sullivan players who will be graduating from this team, ended with 10 points and one blocked shot.

Junior Taylor Lucas scored seven points with five rebounds, three steals and one assist. She fouled out with 1:58 to play.

Sophomore Megan Brandt scored four points with nine rebounds and four steals after coming off the bench.

Senior Jessica Heinle scored two points with one assist and one steal.

Junior Sierra Pryor added one point with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Also playing were sophomore Kaitlynn Hill (three rebounds, one assist, one steal) and freshman Aubrey Daniel.

“We had great seniors,” Merkel said. “Jessica Heinle and Demi Reed will be missed. They were two good leaders.”

Mikaela Burgess led Webb City in scoring with 13 points while adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Casey Heger recorded a double-double for Webb City with 11 points and 14 rebounds to go with one blocked shot and a steal.

Desirea Buerge scored nine points while adding five rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Kaitlin Beason scored eight points with seven rebounds and two assists.

Lexey Kneib came off the bench to score eight points with two rebounds.

Asia Bemo scored four points with one rebound.

Megan Heman ended with two points, one blocked shot and one rebound.

Others seeing action were Kenzie Cooper (one rebound), Katlyn Crane, Kaylee Reynolds and Peyton Rogers.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games