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The 2014 Pink & White Lady Classic Tournament bracket’s have been released the event taking place in Springfield December 27th – December 31st. The West Plains Lady Zizzers have been seeded 4th and will face off against Fair Grove in the first round.

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The 2014 Blue & Gold Bracket’s have been released featuring several area teams, this is the 69th annual Blue & Gold Tournament.

 

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Area Girl’s Basketball Scores from Monday Night.

 

Gainsville:69

Seymour:16

 

Plato: 67

Conway:33

 

Houston:58

Newburg:50

 

Rogersville: 52

Liberty:36

 

Thayer: 74

Bakersfield:39

The West Plains Lady Zizzers took on the Salem Tigers on Monday night, December 15, in their latest home game.

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Once again the Lady Zizzers took the win 61-47 against the Salem Tigers.

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team closed out the fall portion of its season with a 101-88 win over Highland (Kansas) Community College Saturday night, Dec. 13, in Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center.

The Grizzlies will take a 12-5 record into the remainder of their season, which will resume Jan. 2 and 3 with the Grizzly New Year’s Classic in Joe Paul Evans Arena. Joining the Grizzlies on the court in the two-day event will be Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, College of Faith of West Memphis, Arkansas, and Redlands Community College of El Reno, Oklahoma.

Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said defense played a key factor in Saturday’s victory. “This was another strong defensive effort by our team. We held Highland to 37 percent shooting in the first half, and we defended the 3-point line very well. Statistically, we were not as sound defensively in the second half, but when we look deeper into the percentages, we find that 16 of their 19 field goals came after it was a 34-point margin. Outside of Jamal LaFond and Corey Baker, who had 9 and 7 points, respectively, in the first half, all of their leading scorers got their points when the game was in hand,” he said.

Just as they did earlier in the week against Independence (Kansas) Community College, the Grizzlies started out strong, outscoring Highland 12-2 in the first four and a half minutes of the game. From there, they continued to dominate, going into the halftime break with a 56-31 advantage. The Grizzlies reached their largest lead of the game, 34 points, at the 14:29 mark in the second half. Highland outscored the Grizzlies 57-45 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make up the ground the team had already lost.

Game statistics show the Grizzlies hit 37 of 76 attempts from the field for 48.7 percent, 13 of 29 3-point attempts for 44.8 percent and 14 of 19 shots from the free throw line for 73.7 percent. In addition, they recorded 44 rebounds (14 offensive), 25 assists, six steals, five blocks and 13 turnovers. Leading scorers were sophomore guard Craig Eubanks with 18 points; freshman forward Terrel Martin-Garcia and freshman guards Dazhonetae Bennett and Keeton Tennison each with 16 points; sophomore guard Jameel Moore with 13 points; and freshman forward Ngor Barnaba 11.

Moore set a new school record in assists, recording 16 for the evening. The previous record holder was Logan Nutt, who recorded 14 against Carl Albert State College, Poteau, Oklahoma, on Nov. 22, 2008.

“I don’t like to point out individuals very often, but on top of setting the school assist record, Jameel Moore has had back-to-back double-doubles in points and assists,” Walker said. “That is two-fold because an assist can’t be awarded unless the shot is made; therefore, his teammates helped with that record, but he is passing the ball and running the team very well right now.”

As for the offense as a whole, the coach said, “we attacked very well inside, and that opened up the outside for us. We had an assist on 68 percent of our baskets. We shared the ball very well, and we were bordering on exception in transition and off of offensive rebounds.”

Highland hit 30 of 65 shots from the field for 46.2 percent, four of 20 attempts from 3-point range for 20 percent and 24 of 34 shots from the free throw line for 70.6 percent. In addition, the team recorded 34 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals, two blocks and 13 turnovers. Leading scorers were Karon Phillips with 19 points, Baker 17, Kyle-Michael Rose 16, LaFond 15 and Marquis Yates 13.

Walker said he would like to thank Jerry Hall, Rhonda Blankenship and the Holiday Inn Express for sponsoring the game. “All of the teams that stay there when they play us are always extremely complimentary of how the staff at Holiday Inn treats them,” the coach said.

Walker said he and the Grizzlies are glad to have a 12-5 record at this point in the season. “We still can’t figure out what happened at Iowa Western, but of our other three losses, we were in the game and had our chances against Eastern Oklahoma and Southwestern Illinois College. We learned a lot from the Cloud County game and got better from it.

“The entire purpose of these games is to prepare us for Region 16 play, and our schedule has done that and will continue to do that with Redlands, Coffeyville and Eastern Oklahoma in a five-day span when we come back,” he continued. “We’ll have to be ready. Outside of State Fair, our region opponents are 39-8 (82.9 percent). Against NJCAA Division I teams, they are 17-7 (70.8 percent). We have played the toughest schedule, but each game will be a battle, and we have already been through several of those. Add our first three games back to that, and we will have been baptized by fire once again.

“I’m proud of how our guys have played so far,” Walker said. “We’ve had some young team moments, but we have gotten better as the year has progressed. We simply have to maintain our focus as we move forward.”

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) runs for a touchdown ahead of Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) and cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) runs for a touchdown ahead of Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) and cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid preached all week for the Kansas City Chiefs to rediscover their identity. Find the swagger that had gone missing during a three-game losing streak that put their playoff hopes in peril.

They found it during a five-minute stretch of the second half Sunday.

Their offense finally humming and their defense taking advantage of turnovers, the Chiefs scored three touchdowns in quick succession, propelling them to a 31-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

“It was kind of the focus all week of us kind of cutting it loose, going out there and playing for each other,” said Alex Smith, who threw for 297 yards and two scores. “(Reid) always talks about that, letting emotions show, and I thought guys did a good job of that.”

It took a while, though.

The Chiefs (8-6) were clinging to a 10-6 lead early in the third quarter against the same team that started their skid last month. But after Knile Davis scored a touchdown to cap a 70-yard drive, the Chiefs recovered a fumble, scored again, and then added one more touchdown to put away the game.

“Going into halftime, there were so many things we were so close on,” Reid said. “The guys settled down, they played – they let their personalities show.”

Just about the only downside for Kansas City was the big shot that Jamaal Charles took on a carry near the goal line. He went through concussion testing on the sideline and was cleared to return later in the game, but was eventually pulled with the outcome decided.

“It was a big hit but nothing else,” Charles said. “I’m fine.”

Derek Carr was 27 of 56 for 222 yards, throwing a TD pass in the final minute. But he also was sacked four times and fumbled a snap that led to a Kansas city touchdown.

The Chiefs, who had been poor against the run the past three weeks, even managed to bottle up Raiders running back Latavius Murray. The second-year pro had 112 yards and two scores on just four carries in their first meeting, but was held to 59 yards on 12 carries Sunday.

“Their athletes made more plays than we did,” the Raiders’ Justin Tuck said. “Pretty much it.”

The Raiders (2-12) have lost 10 straight on the road, and still have not won back-to-back games since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2012 season. That includes a pair of duds in the appropriately named Show-Me State – they were routed 52-0 at St. Louis two weeks ago.

“You can’t just blame one area,” Carr said. “This is a team thing.”

Both teams got off to slow starts in a penalty-filled matchup, but Kansas City finally got a jolt of energy when De’Anthony Thomas fielded a punt at his 19-yard line. Picking up a nice block from Kelcie McCray, the rookie somersaulted over the goal line for an 81-yard touchdown return.

“It’s to the point where I’m starting to get a feel of it,” Thomas said.

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos atoned for missing his first field-goal attempt since Week 2 early in the second quarter by knocking through a 41-yarder. The Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski matched him with a 53-yarder as time expired to close within 10-3 at the break.

Oakland had a chance to make the game interesting in the third quarter when Travis Kelce fumbled and C.J. Wilson recovered. But in a fitting summation of the Raiders’ season, Wilson ended up hurt on the play, and the Raiders went nowhere before Janikowski kicked another field goal.

The Chiefs took advantage of the opening – and a roughing-the-passer penalty on Justin Tuck – to go 70 yards on their next possession. Davis finished it off with a short touchdown run.

Carr fumbled the snap on the next play, Kansas City recovered and Smith hit Kelce from 20 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs then forced a three-and-out, and Smith’s 70-yard throw to Davis a moment later capped their three-TD spurt and gave Kansas City a 31-6 advantage.

“The whole second half it started falling apart,” said the Raiders’ Charles Woodson, “and we were never able to recover and it got out of hand.”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State has hired Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel as its head coach.

The 57-year-old Steckel is a long-time aide of Gary Pinkel and replaces Terry Allen, who was 37-64 in nine seasons and 4-8 last season. The school announced last month that it would not renew Allen’s contract, set to expire at the end of January.

Missouri led the SEC in total defense in conference. Steckel was a finalist for the Broyles Award as the top assistant in the nation and this will be his first head coaching job.

“He’s wanted to be a head coach for a long time now, and it’s exciting for all us that he’s got his chance,” Pinkel said in a statement. “We’ve worked together for close to 20 years and it’s going to be strange to not have him around.

“Missouri State is getting a guy who is an outstanding coach, an even better family man, and someone who really cares about people.”

Steckel was on the sideline for Missouri’s practice earlier Sunday in preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and left the field without talking with reporters. At a news conference streamed by the school, Steckel said he’d finalized the decision 15 minutes earlier and added he’d coach Missouri through the Jan. 1 bowl game before joining the Bears full-time.

“This isn’t lip service – we’re going to graduate our players,” Steckel said. “We are going to be very, very competitive on the field, we’re going to build this through hard work. We’re going to be the meanest Bears in the woods.”

After practice, several Missouri players spoke in glowing terms about Steckel, saying he was a big reason they chose Missouri.

“If you don’t want to play for Coach Stec, you don’t want to play for anybody,” defensive end Markus Golden said.

“It’s bittersweet if he leaves,” linebacker Shane Ray said. “Whatever coach Stec does, I’m still one of his guys and I’ll support whatever he does.”

Steckel has coached linebackers for all of Pinkel’s 14 seasons at Missouri and was defensive coordinator the last five.

Assistant coach Cornell Ford said he wouldn’t be the only coach interested in filling Steckel’s shoes at Missouri.

“Coach Pinkel makes those decisions and I just roll with it,” Steckel said. “Whoever he decides will be the guy, will be the guy. But we all want to be it.”

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, front, reaches out to control the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman covers in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Denver. The Blues won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly, front, reaches out to control the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman covers in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Denver. The Blues won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny didn’t get the welcome home he hoped for but he got the win.

T.J. Oshie scored from the slot at 1:03 of overtime and the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night.

Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues, who have won four straight and gave Stastny a win in his return to Denver.

“It was good to get that first game (back in Colorado) out of the way,” Stastny said.

Stastny was back for the first time since signing a four-year deal with St. Louis in the offseason. He spent his first eight seasons in Colorado and left ranked eighth in franchise history with 458 points.

Despite suffering through lean years with the Avalanche, Stastny didn’t receive a warm welcome from the fans. He was booed when he stepped on the ice for his first shift and the first few times he touched the puck. He didn’t register a point.

“I heard `Blues,’” Stastny said with a laugh. “You know how it is. I think if you know me you wouldn’t do it. I think it’s just an emotional Saturday night, so it wasn’t surprising. A part of you always expects the worst. It was just different. I think after that first period I kind of settled in.”

Blues goalie Jake Allen finished with 23 saves.

St. Louis dominated for most of the game but couldn’t get the winner until overtime. Goalie Calvin Pickard stopped Alexander Steen on several chances in the second and third periods.

“When we were up 2-1 we really had opportunities to salt it away and it kind of came back to haunt us,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We had five or six great chances to really build a big lead.”

They got the winner when Barret Jackman fed Oshie in the slot, and the big center beat Pickard with a shot over the goalie’s glove.

“It’s something I’ve worked on in practice. Just catching it and try to catch that far side,” Oshie said. “It didn’t get there quick but it ended up getting there eventually for the game-winner. It was a great pass by Jacks. He looked across and waited until I jumped in the hole and it was perfect timing.”

Erik Johnson had both Colorado goals and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists for the slumping Avalanche, who have lost five of six. Pickard finished with 39 saves.

“It was fun,” Johnson said. “Any time you can contribute it’s even more fun. I’d trade those two goals to get a win tonight.”

It was Johnson’s first career two-goal game, and it came against his former team. His first one, on a power play, came on a slap shot from the point and gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with 5:59 left in the opening period.

His second one, with 1:24 left in the second period, tied the game at 2-all.

“I got a nice pass from (Nate Guenin) on the 3-on-2 rush and picked my spot on the blocker side,” Johnson said.

In between, the Blues scored twice. Shattenkirk, who was part of the trade that sent Johnson to Colorado, tied it with a power-play goal just 1:22 after Colorado scored.

Pietrangelo gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 8:16 of the second period with a high shot from the point.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An assistant women’s basketball assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University knowingly broke NCAA rules when he provided recruits with free gifts at a team camp and made impermissible contact with recruits on three occasions, the school disclosed in a report.

The report provided greater detail about violations still under investigation by the NCAA and outlined previously undisclosed self-imposed penalties, the Southeast Missourian reported. The paper obtained the document through a public records request.

University President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins said the assistant was placed on administrative leave and later resigned.

The report also outlined a separate violation that officials said the assistant coach and head coach Ty Margenthaler committed unknowingly. According to the university, Margenthaler and the assistant coach ran into two recruits at a restaurant after a game.

“Though the coaching staff did not pay for anyone else’s dinner, they did engage in recruiting conversations throughout the dinner,” according to the report, and the assistant coach knew the recruits “would likely visit the restaurant following the high school basketball game.” Neither Margenthaler nor the assistant reported the incident.

The university’s athletic department announced Nov. 5 that Margenthaler was suspended for the first two games of the season but did not disclose additional self-imposed sanctions it submitted to the NCAA.

Margenthaler, identified in the report as “Head Coach,” also was docked five days of pay after he ignored the university’s instructions not to discuss details of the investigation with his other assistants. The program’s 112 recruiting days were reduced to 100, and the number of recruiting opportunities with the two recruits involved was cut from seven to one for this academic year.

Margenthaler didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Senior associate to the president Brady Barke characterized the violations as “not anything really that would be exciting in … terms of cars and money. The kind of money you’d see in `Blue Chips’ and things like that.”

The gifts provided to the athletes included what the report termed “camp leftovers” after the team’s Elite Camp, which was held on campus June 22 and 23. The recruits, according to the report provided after the meeting, received “four camp T-shirts and four water bottles to take home with them free of charge even though (Margenthaler) had reminded (the assistant coach) to be sure payment was received for the items.”

The report said the former assistant also provided the recruit with access “to a personal Netflix account” at an undisclosed time.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin McBroom scored 13 points and Achraf Yacoubou added 10 to lead Saint Louis to a 67-61 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday night.

Saint Louis led 37-34 at the break, and opened the second with a 10-4 run to stretch its lead to 47-38. SIU Edwardsville pulled within one point three times in the final 5:21, the last when Maurice Wiltz hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining to make it 60-59.

Davell Roby split a pair of free throws and Yacoubou scored to stretch the Billikens’ lead to 63-59 with 34 seconds to play. Donivine Stewart’s two free throws pulled the Cougars within 63-61, but McBroom and John Manning each made a pair of free throws to seal it for Saint Louis (6-4).

Kris Davis had 18 points and Stewart scored 12 points and dished out seven assists for SIU Edwardsville (1-6).