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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 vs. Chillicothe Post 25, 5 p.m.

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 vs. G1 winner, 1 p.m.

G3 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 1 p.m.

G5 Championship if-needed game, 4 p.m.

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 District 16 winner vs. District 10 winner, 10 a.m.

G2 St. Charles Post 312 vs. District 13 winner, 1 p.m.

G3 District 14 winner vs. District 17 winner, 4 p.m.

G4 Washington Post 218 vs. District 10 runner-up, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 17

G5 G1 loser vs. G3 loser, 10 a.m.

G6 G2 loser vs. G4 loser, 1 p.m.

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 4 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 18

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 10 a.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 4 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 19

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 10 a.m.

G14 Championship G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 1 p.m.

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship G14 winner vs. G14 loser (if needed), 10 a.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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