Southern Boone Lady Eagles charge into District play today on a 3 game winning streak. After winning 2 of 3 in the Southern Boone Classic and taking the Consolation trophy the Lady Eagles took on conference opponent Osage. The Lady Eagles came out fighting and were down 2 after the first quarter 19-21. Osage extended their lead to 6 at halftime, 33-27. Osage defense kept getting stops and the Lady Eagles only managed 3 points in the 3rd quarter and Osage led 43-30 going into the 4th. The Lady Eagles made a run, scoring 19 points in the quarter, but Osage was able to convert and held off Southern Boone for a 67-49 victory. Gabbie Bruce led the team with 23 points on 8-16 shooting and hitting 4 3-pointers on the night. Carrie Ponder added 12 points in the losing effort.
The Lady Eagles then traveled to Fulton that to take on the Lady Hornets. Southern Boone led a slow first half 21-19 over Fulton as the Lady Eagles had trouble making shots but luckily they were able to keep Fulton from converting too. The Lady Eagles busted out in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Fulton 20-7 and taking a 41-26 lead. They didn't look back from there and kept scoring as they defeated Fulton 62-45. The Ponder sisters led the charge with Kate scoring 24 points and grabbing 4 rebounds, swiping 5 steals and dishing out 3 assists. Carrie added 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds herself.
The very next night Southern Boone faced off against longtime rival Hallsville in the 'Boone County Battle for a Cure' game. The Lady Eagles defeated Hallsville in the Classic in Overtime 58-55 just the week before but no overtime would be needed this night. Southern Boone jetted out to a 19 point halftime lead 28-9 as the Lady Eagle defense kept Hallsville at bay. The Lady Eagles didn't stop and extended their lead in the 3rd quarter to 46-21 before finishing off the Lady Indians 58-32. Kate Ponder led the Lady Eagles in scoring again with 18 points while dishing out 3 assists and adding 3 steals. Carrie Ponder added 12 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds too. Dani Post added 9 points while dishing out a team-high 6 assists.
The Lady Eagles wrapped up the regular season this past Friday as they traveled to Warsaw one last time. Warsaw is leaving the Tri-County conference after this year and will be replaced by Boonville. Southern Boone came out hot again in this contest, scoring 26 points in the 1st quarter, and took a 26-11 lead right out of the gate. Warsaw fought back a little in the 2nd but Southern Boone maintained a 15 point lead at the half, 40-25. The Lady Eagles continued the attack and outscored Warsaw 31-21 in the 2nd half to coast to a 71-46 win in the last regular season game. Carrie Ponder led the team with 22 points while hitting 5 3-pointers and grabbing 9 rebounds. Kate Ponder scored 17 points and Dani Post added 13 points while hitting 3 3-pointers of her own. In fact, the team hit 13 3-pointers altogether setting a new Lady Eagle Single Game Record for 3-pointers made. Macy Thompson helped in the effort by leading the team with 7 assists while chipping in 6 points.
The Lady Eagles finished the regular season winning 5 of 6 games to finish the season 8-16. Unfortunately, it was not enough to move them up in the seedings for district. Southern Boone Lady Eagles have quite a tough district with 5 teams that have 18 or more wins. Starting with Southern Boones first-round opponent, South Callaway, the #1 seed in the tournament and the #2 ranked team in Class 3. The Lady Bulldogs are 23-0 heading into districts and on a roll. The Lady Eagles will have to play a tough game but luckily are coming into districts on a winning note and playing their best ball of the season. The winner of the Southern Boone vs. South Callaway game will face the winner of the Fatima vs. Father Tolton game. Fatima, the #4 seed, is 18-7 on the year. Father Tolton, the #5 seed, is 18-8 on the year.
Hermann is the #2 seed and 21-4 on the season and they take on Dixon who is 10-15 on the year. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Blair Oaks and St. James game. Blair Oaks is the #3 seed and are 20-5 on the season. They played the 12-13 St. James team earlier this year, defeating them 47-36. It should be another tough and exciting district, just like it has been the last several years. Good luck Lady Eagles!