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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 6:15 pm

Just where would it end?

The Sullivan Lady Eagles emerged Wednesday with a 51-41 Class 4 sectional win over Bolivar at Missouri S&T.

“It was a gutsy performance,” Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel said. “We did not play the best basketball or shoot free throws well. I thought our defense and rebounding was pretty good tonight.”

Sullivan (24-4) trailed by as much as seven points midway through the first quarter. The Lady Eagles rebounded to lead by as much as 12 points in the third quarter before watching Bolivar (19-8) melt that down to a two-point lead with 2:52 to play.

“It was back and forth,” Merkel said. “We let them back into the game with inconsistent play on the defensive side and missing our free throws. They were making theirs and that’s what got them back into the game.”

Sullivan was able to secure the victory at the free-throw line and with offensive rebounds in the final minutes of the contest, building the advantage back up to 10 points by the final horn.

“Then we hit some big free throws coming down the stretch and were able to push the lead and get it back to where we needed it,” Merkel said. “We got some huge offensive rebounds off free throws. We were our own worst enemy there. We were practicing free throws all week. We said that if we miss, we’ve got to spin off girls a certain way. We did it. To our credit, we were missing, but at least we were coming up with the offensive boards.”

The Lady Eagles will take on Webb City (23-5) Saturday at 2:45 p.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University in Springfield.

Webb City advanced by beating West Plains (27-2) Wednesday, 57-42. This isn’t the first time this season that Sullivan and Webb City have met in a quarterfinal game. The football teams played this past fall in Webb City.

A preview of the game can be found elsewhere in this section.

The Lady Eagles made things tougher for themselves with free-throw struggles. Sullivan made just 10 of 21 attempts during the game. Combined with Bolivar’s 15-21 shooting, much of that in the second half, that contributed to Bolivar’s comeback late in the game.

Bolivar hit four three-point baskets to three for the Lady Eagles. Sullivan scored 19 field goals to 11 for Bolivar.

Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring was junior Taylor Lucas. She netted 22 points and was a force near the basket.

Junior Sierra Pryor netted 11 points for the Lady Eagles.

Sullivan got eight points from junior Aley Lucas.

Sophomore Megan Brandt scored four points.

Seniors Jessica Heinle and Demi Reed each hit three-point baskets for their points.

Also playing, and contributing near the basket, was sophomore Kaitlynn Hill.

Bolivar was paced by sophomore Randi Hancock, who netted 15 points in the contest.

Junior Shelby Roberts scored nine points.

Sophomore Madison Campbell scored eight points.

Junior Daiwa Emmert netted three points.

Seniors Samantha Jacobson and Peyton Peavey scored two points apiece. Sophomore McKenzie Lesh and junior Mary-Beth Payne added one point apiece.

Also playing was junior Elizabeth Harris.

Game Summary

Bolivar came out and grabbed a 4-0 lead before Taylor Lucas gave Sullivan its first basket with 4:12 to play in the opening quarter.

Bolivar responded with the next five points to take a 9-2 lead.

Sullivan fought back. Aley Lucas scored back-to-back baskets. And Pryor closed out the quarter with a basket off a steal to cut the gap to 12-8 after one quarter.

“I think we stressed attacking more,” Merkel said about Sullivan’s improvement. “Then our defense picked up for us, too. We were able to get some steals and convert them into layups. I think our zone messed them up. We’ve been playing man all year long and I think that’s what they prepared for. I think the defense bothered them as well as attacking more on offense.”

Bolivar led through much of the second quarter until Sullivan scored the final seven points of the half to take a 20-17 lead at the intermission.

Sullivan followed up with a basket from Taylor Lucas to start the second half. Bolivar had a basket waved off on a charge and Sullivan was able to stay on top.

Sullivan secured a key five-point run to start to break away. After a Hancock three, the Lady Eagles went on another 8-2 run with Taylor Lucas scoring off a rebound with 46.4 seconds to play, giving Sullivan a 37-25 advantage.

About that time, Sullivan’s fans had started chanting, “It’s all over.” Bolivar proved that thought was premature.

Sullivan enjoyed a 10-point edge after three quarters, 37-27, but Bolivar started chipping back in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Liberators hit four consecutive free throws to cut into the gap with no time being used.

Reed hit her three from the corner to stop that run, 40-31. Campbell scored to make it 40-33.

Both teams hit a scoring lull until Hancock scored five in a row, including a three-point play with 2:52 to play, to cut it to 40-38.

Sullivan held possession and Aley Lucas hit the first of a pair with 2:27 to play. The rebound of the second shot went to Sullivan and Brandt hit two free throws to extend it to 43-38 with 2:11 to play.

Sullivan extended its lead, but a Bolivar three from Roberts cut the gap back to five, 46-41 with 54.6 seconds remaining. That shot from Roberts proved to be the last field goal of the game. Sullivan had the final six free throws, hitting five of them to make the final margin of victory 10 points, 51-41.

The game marked the chance for the Lady Eagles to play at the home of former standout Hailee Parks, who is a senior forward with the Lady Miners. Parks leads Missouri S&T in scoring at 14.4 points and rebounding at 7.7 boards per game. She was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference first team this week.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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