After losing Hailey Roderique to an ACL tear, the Pitt State women knew they'd need everyone else to step up. One player who has is reserve guard Brigit Hesser. For the men, senior JaVon McGee has been on a roll for about nine games.
We also recap two disappointing Missouri Southern losses from Saturday.
Plus, one last look at Douglass-OKC's Stevie Clark, who made 30 three-pointers in three games in the Frontenac National Guard Invitational.
There were some tense moments in John Lance arena, as both Gorilla games were not decided until the final buzzer horn went off, but the home crowd saw their teams walk away winners.
In Joplin, the Southern men and women both had disappointing performances, losing to Nebraska-Kearney teams that have struggled thus far in MIAA play.
OSU signee Clark leads Douglass past Baxter Springs
Marquis Addison scored a career-high 34 points, 23 of them in the first half, as Missouri Southern knocked off Pitt State in the men's game. Stephen Atkinson also scored a career-high 21 for the Lions. The Gorillas were led by 21 points and 12 rebounds from Rico Pierrevilus.
In the women's contest, Pitt jumped out by 15 points in the first 10 and a half minutes, before Southern came back to tie it early in the second half. But the Gorillas held on late for their 5th straight win in the series behind 24 points from a sick Lizzy Jeronimus. The Lions were led by 14 points from senior Erin Rice.
Round One To Take Place In Joplin Wednesday Night
Adding their name to the slate of schools in Missouri and Kansas hosting boys and/or girls tournaments this week, Frontenac will see eight boys teams and four girls teams roll into town Thursday. Included in that group is a team from Oklahoma City featuring Oklahoma State recruit Stevie Clark.
Plus, the Chiefs officially introduce their new General Manager, John Dorsey.
MSSU sweeps Lincoln while Pitt State comes up short to Central Missouri.
Saturday saw both Missouri Southern teams leave Jefferson City winners, while both the Pittsburg State teams fell in Warrensburg. We take a quick look at what happened in all four.
Plus, the Gorillas' Hailey Roderique hurts her knee in the final seconds of Saturday's game. Pitt's third-leading scorer will wait and see what the diagnosis is after the swelling goes down in the coming days.
Both the Missouri Southern men and women picked up wins at home Saturday night, as did the Pitt State women Saturday afternoon. We pick out a trend from all three of those wins, as well as the Gorilla men's loss.
Playing on national TV and in front of a packed John Lance Arena, the Pitt State women played maybe their best game of the season, while the Gorilla men played maybe their worst, as a seven game win streak came to an end.
In Joplin, the MoSo men bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Thursday night, and the women grabbed their second straight conference win, staving off Missouri Western by just two points.
Also taking place on the Lions' campus today, the Joplin boys fall in the championship game of the Kaminsky classic.
Pitt State men, women win as do MSSU women.
The Webb City girls claimed their second tournament championship of the season, upending two-time defending champ Bentonville in the Black Division Finals, while the Lady Eagles of Pierce City defeated Carthage in the Gold Division Finals.
Plus, the Webb City boys fend off Carthage in the first meeting of the season between the Cardinals and Tigers.
The Sunrise Christian boys are ranked number nine in the country for high schools, boast 10 players being recruited by Division One Schools, and are set to repeat in the Neosho Holiday Classic Championship. Friday night, two Buffalo players dazzled in the dunk contest.
Plus, Webb City and Carthage boys lose for the second day in a row, will now meet in the 7th place game Saturday afternoon. And the Mt. Vernon girls and boys basketball teams state tournament runs are the number four story in our Action 12 Top 12 Countdown.
Plus MSSU men's basketball head coach Robert Corn says the winter break came at the wrong time.
The Webb City boys led Memphis Sheffield most of the game Thursday night, but scored only one point for a nearly seven minute stretch in the 4th as they ultimately lose 68-64. Meanwhile, Carthage ran up against defending champs Sunrise Christian from Wichita, and hung tough before seeing the game get away from them in the second half.
Plus, the Webb and Carthage girls win for the second day in a row on the girls side, the Missouri Southern men try to avoid the rust as they prepare for an exhibition game at home Saturday and Frontenac baseball winning their first state title is the #5 story on the Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories countdown.
The wait was worth it for the Webb City boys. After severe weather in Arkansas set their opponents departure back several hours, the Cardinals game was moved from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It was the best game of day one at the Neosho Holiday Classic, too, as Webb advanced with a 10 point win against West Memphis.
After three years as a Class 2 All-State player in Missouri, Purdy's Addy Roller is starting as a true freshman point guard at Wayne State in Nebraska. Roller's started five of eight games for the nationally ranked Wildcats, and leads the team in assists.
Plus, counting down our Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories of the Year; at number 10 is former Thomas Jefferson boys basketball coach Cleo Elbert claiming 600 career victories.
The number 23 will never again be worn a North Carolina Tar Heel, a Chicago Bull or a Purdy Lady Eagle. Following a stellar career that included multiple Missouri state three-point shooting records and 2,392 career points, Addy Roller's jersey was retired by the Purdy school district Friday night.
Plus, Kevin Muff reacts to his Gorillas finishing the November/December portion of their schedule 9-1.
Pitt high boys win at Neosho, the McAuley boys win at home against College Heights, while the Cougars beat the Warriors in the girls game.
Plus, new NEO A&M coach Sherard Poteete addresses the character of his football teams and we begin the Action 12 Top 12 stories of the year countdown with Carthage Soccer.
Plus Labette County holds off Independence.
Webb City beat Carl Junction by 25 at home in a game considered to be a possible district championship preview, while in Kansas one-loss Labette County knocked off unbeaten Independence with a Tucker Thompson bucket at the buzzer.
Plus, the Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Bulldogs, and the Pittsburg State men win while the Gorilla women lose in day one of the Las Vegas Challenge.
Travis Vogt scores 29 for Carl Junction in win over Panthers plus Webb City races past Joplin. And Cassville names their next head football coach.
Carl Junction boys overpower Colgan, Independence boys outlast Pittsburg, C.J. girls top Colgan in overtime. Plus, Cassville hires new football coach.
Plus Seneca wins their basketball invitational.
Nevada holds Liberal at bay in the second day of the CJ Classic girls basketball tournament. Plus, reacting to the Pitt State women's surprising loss Wednesday night, and eight PSU teams showcase their off the court/field talents in the first ever Gorillas Got Talent.
Girard's Haydn Herlocker was one of several Four States athletes signing letters of intent to play a sport in college Tuesday, but she was the only one who also found out she'd been selected as the Wendy's High School Heisman winner for her state.
Plus Carthage volleyball senior Emily Goeken signs with NEO.
Lions tame JBU, 83-63