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Early season games present an opportunity for college basketball teams to work on all facets of their games.
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Once again, Hardin-Central and the Norborne Lady Pirates will face off Friday night for first place in the Hardin-Central tournament.
9 hrs ago | Springfield News-Leader
Fans of the Missouri State Lady Bears hope Parkview's Aubrey Buckley is soon part of a renaissance of a proud program with great tradition.
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Mississippi State will try to get its sixth straight home win of the season on Thursday when it hosts Texas Christian University as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
18 hrs ago | Springfield News-Leader
<![CDATA[* Shelby Barrett, Willard, sr. - A returning senior contributor for coach Mike Percival's team, the 5-7 guard should help lead the Lady Tigers. * Kallie Bildner, Waynesville, soph. - One of the better young players in the Ozark Conference, Bildner scored 14 points and averaged 8 rebounds per game as a freshman. She's already a solid rebounder and scorer for coach Brittany Matlock and is working on expanding her game. * Hannah Bland, Waynesville, sr. - The leader of the Lady Tigers, Bland scored 11 points per game last season. She's a quick defender, solid rebounder and scorer. * Aubrey Buckley, Parkview, sr. - The 6-1 Missouri State signee averaged 23.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game last season, and is the cornerstone of an emerging Parkview program. She has great touch and knocks down her free throws. She also finishes strong even when fouled around the basket. * Mikalyn Callahan, Lebanon, so. - A 5-9 undersized post player, Callahan can handle the ball and shoot. She creates mismatches against other inside players. * Leann Cody, Central, sr. - The workhorse for coach Callie Newton, Cody is a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs. She's a 5-8 post player and matches up with taller post players. She led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding last year and makes hustle plays throughout the game. * Madison Collier, Rolla, sr. - A solid offensive player, the 5-8 player has a nice and steady offensive post game for coach Bryce Swafford. * Chelsey Henry, Neosho, jr. - Entering her third year as a valuable varsity contributor, Henry has dedicated herself to getting better and should improve upon her 9-point and 6-rebound averages from a year ago. * Mallory Kurtz, Willard, jr. - A tough defensive player and standout athlete for Willard, the 5-9 junior should expand her scoring role as leader Amber Percival has graduated. * Jordan Laughling, Waynesville, sr. - Another leader for Waynesville, the inside-outside player has worked hard to expand her game. * Shannon McCaul, Rolla, sr. - The point guard is good at seeing the floor, demonstrates great hustle and will push the ball for the Lady Bulldogs, who were 10-15 last season. * Tyra Moore, Parkview, jr. - One of Springfield's best athletes, she will push the ball and run the offense for coach Keri Nichols' team. Moore has also expanded her shooting abilities, which should keep defenses honest on Buckley. * Gabrielle Otte, Rolla, sr. - A quick defensive player, Otte should knock down more shots this year for Rolla. The 5-8 wing also could get mismatches in the post, and should continue her strong rebounding. * Morgan Rogers, Neosho, jr. - The 6-2 junior has the ability to block and alter shots, freeing Neosho perimeter defenders to be more aggressive. She has recovered from a summer ankle surgery and is back ready to go for coach Lance Robbins' team. * Savannah Rush, Central, sr. - The shooting guard led Central in scoring and 3-point shooting last season. She is a hard worker and team leader on the floor. She's also a great student at Central, and stands out in many ways for the Lady Bulldogs. * Mariah Stewart, Willard, jr. - Willard's most experienced returning post player, Stewart will be joined in the frontcourt by 6-foot juniors Ali Perry and Raven Mammah, who both have shown potential. * Bailey Taylor, Joplin, jr. - Coach Dustin Larsen's leading scorer last year with 11 points per game, Taylor is one of five returning starters for the Eagles. * Maggie Vaughan, Lebanon, jr. - The leader of the Lebanon defense, the aggressive defensive player can also knock down shots. * Jaslyn Williams, Central, so. - Started at point guard as a freshman last season, and can get to the basket when she wants. Her quickness could be a good building block for a fine sophomore year. * Kelsey Winfrey, Lebanon, fr. - Should step on to the area scene and be a leader from day one for coach Brendan Kelley. She has a greater skill set than most incoming freshmen, the coach says. -Matt Schoch
Missouri women's basketball forward Bri Kulas shoots past Oral Roberts University forward Bernadett Balla at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday.
The 2012-13 Tigers knocked off Stanford and VCU during the Battle 4 Atlantis, topped Illinois and Bucknell and took UCLA to overtime at Pauley Pavilion.
<![CDATA[* Blayne Armstrong, Marshfield, sr. - One of the area's best athletes, Armstrong will be playing point guard this year for new coach Damon Seiger. He's also stronger than last season, and will be tough to defend on drives to the basket. * Dalton Aubrey, McDonald County, so. - A solid inside and outside scorer for coach Trent Barratt, Aubrey has worked to improve his defense and rebounding. * Dylan Bekemeier, Republic, sr. - A fast and dynamic point guard, the 6-footer can drive and defend the ball. He has the ability to score and set up others and is signing to play with Evangel. * Christian Brown, Rogersville, so. - A strong and athletic guard, Brown should put his stamp on Rogersville this season, serving notice that he should be a part of one of the area's most dangerous backcourts of the future. * Logan Coones, Monett, so. - Another future star, Coones will have to grow up quickly to help Monett recover from a 7-19 season. * Justin Davis, West Plains, jr. - The 6-3 Davis is an 80 percent free-throw shooter and the leading returning scorer for the Zizzers, notching an 8.3-point average last season. * Easton Flaugh, Reeds Spring, sr. - The big, bruising football player is a big bruising post player in the winter. He's the leading returning producer for coach Barry Yocom, averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. * Zach Flippin, West Plains, jr. - A great floor leader for coach Kevin Smith, Flippin sees the floor well and can shoot and pass it. * Clay Gardner, Webb City, sr. - A part-time starter last season, the 6-foot senior guard has a quick first step and can hit outside shots. * Coday Garrison, Bolivar, sr. - One of the area's top ball-handlers, Garrison should be a steadying influence for the Liberators. * Cody Geiger, Republic, sr. - An All-Ozarks player last year for the state champions, Geiger scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds per game for the Tigers. He's a great player inside and out and can get to the basket against tough defenders. Has a knack for finishing around the basket. * Marcus Gorman, Rogersville, so. - Coach Rod Gorman's son should be a more consistent threat as a sophomore. He showed flashes of his talent last season and should continue to develop. * Austin Grotts, McDonald County, jr. - The 6-5 post player is a good low-post defender for the Mustangs. * Zach Hallacy, Webb City, sr. - The Cardinals have a lot of holes to fill, but the 6-foot-1 guard will be the unquestioned leader of coach Landon Cornish's team. * Juwan Johnson, Hillcrest, sr. - If you've been reading the News-Leader in the past few years, you know about Johnson, possibly the best leaper in the Ozarks. He'll again be a team leader for coach John Schaefer's team. * David Macintosh, Hillcrest, sr. - The point guard found the weight room in the offseason. Macintosh still has the ball-handling and steady presence that's gotten him a lot of playing time over the past couple of years. He should show off his shooting ability more as a senior. * Matt Magee, Carl Junction, sr. - One of the area's best athletes, Magee could be the best player in the Big 8 Conference. * Corbin Medley, Rogersville, sr. - A shooter who can also take it to the hoop, Medley could have more big games for the Wildcats. * Brady Petry, Hillcrest, jr. - Petry can get hot from 3-point range and has a lot of skills for a guard his size. The 6-3 shooter should bring more to the table as he establishes his all-around game this season. * Cody Prevost, Carthage, sr. - A returning starter, Prevost worked hard in the offseason to improve his game for the Tigers. * Chance Rash, Bolivar, sr. - The athletic Rash is a difference-maker for coach Robby Hoegh. The shooter should team with Garrison for a strong backcourt. * Canyon Smith, Republic, sr. - A big-time shooter for coach Trevyor Fisher, Smith has worked on his mid-range game. His point production in bursts adds another weapon to the state champions offensive attack. * Lawfton Summers, Marshfield, sr. - A big body that is skilled and athletic, Summers averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game last season despite missing much of the season with an injury. * Anthony Turk, Carthage, sr. - The leading returning scorer for coach Steve Ray, Turk is a tough matchup because of his strength and his ability to hit jump shots. * Cody Whitaker, Salem, sr. - Whitaker averaged 10 points and 2 steals per game last season, and is a good shooter and scorer in transition. - Matt Schoch
After losing all-staters Austin Ruder and Jalen Norman to graduation this past May, it would be natural to expect the Nixa High School boys basketball team to take a step back this year.
It wasn't a work of art, but the Richmond Spartans were able to chalk up a 64-48 victory in the season opener Tuesday night against visiting Excelsior Springs.
Tip-off high school basketball tournaments have become an early December tradition akin to putting up the Christmas tree.
Karinne Lane broke the Hermann girls career assists record Monday night as top-seeded Hermann rolled past Wellsville, 65-19, in the first round of the Montgomery County girls' basketball tournament at Montgomery City.
The Trenton High School boys basketball team held true to its number-one seeding in the Gallatin Tournament, blasting eighth-seeded Gilman City 84-21 on Monday night in the tournament's opening round.
The athletic nickname at Mount Vernon High School, as it turns out, is very appropriate this winter.
<![CDATA[* Jaelon Acklin and James Denton, MV-BT Liberty, srs. -- After leading the Eagles to another strong football season, the duo will look to have another solid year for coach Rob Brown. * Jared Albright, Clever, sr. -- The Jays suffered tough graduation losses, but Albright should be a great leader for coach Luke Brosius. He scored 11 points per game and is a candidate for a big breakout season. * Cody Allhands, Ash Grove, sr. -- Allhands passed the career 1,000-point mark in his first game this season. The point guard scored 21.8 points per game last season and is a skilled, well-rounded player. * Brayton Ballenger, Catholic, sr. -- A standout athlete in baseball as well, Ballenger should have some high-scoring games this year in coach Tony Armstrong's backcourt. * Blake Barnes, Southwest, sr. -- Coach Rusty Roe has a lot to replace from last season, but having an experienced point guard like Barnes should help ease the transition from last year's 19-10 campaign. * Taylor Bay, Cabool, sr. -- Averaged 16 points and nearly 8 rebounds last season for Cabool. The 6-foot-5 senior is an explosive player that will be looked upon by coach Brad Shockley as a leader. * Brodie Bien, Diamond, sr. -- Bien averaged 8 points per game last season and his rebounding will be crucial for coach Brandon Rabel's team. * Luke Call, Mount Vernon, jr. -- A contributor since day one with the Mount Vernon program, Call could lead the Mountaineers to a big season. * Brady Collier, Strafford, jr. -- Collier is due back in January from a football injury, and will join classmates Dalton Taylor, Kyle Foley and Dallas Hester in an athletic corps of fast-breakers. * Jayden Happel, Fair Grove, sr. -- Coach Tim Brown will have a lot of firepower to replace, but the senior guard should lead the Eagles to another fine season. * Brandon Jahn, Forsyth, jr. -- This might be a breakout season for Jahn, as many of the top Southwest Central League players have graduated. He averaged 17 points per game as a sophomore and could become a bigger name in area circles this year. * Bradley Jumper, Seneca, sr. -- His last name dictates that he can shoot it, and the 5-foot-9 senior is a very hard worker for coach Will King, whose team is a reigning district champion. * Ben Loge, Ava, sr. -- Entering his third year as a starter, the 6-foot-2 senior averaged 9.6 points and 6 rebounds per game for the 16-10 Bears last season. * Christian Mitchell, Blue Eye, sr. -- A multi-dimensional 6-foot-6 senior, Mitchell should provide lots of options for Blue Eye. * Chandler Myers, Mount Vernon, jr. -- Myers could be an all-stater this season for coach Skip Brock. The post player also has a lot of skills and should put up big numbers again. * Justin Myers, Sarcoxie, sr. -- One of southwest Missouri's only returning 20-point scorers, Myers is a complete player for coach Kyle Johnson and is the team captain. * Bobby Otwell, Mountain Grove, sr. -- The four-year starter will lead the Panthers just like he did as a football quarterback. Otwell averaged 14 points per game last season. * Ryan Pate, Stockton, sr. -- The cross country standout scored 12.3 points per game last season and returns for the Tigers. * Shade Piper, Hartville, sr. -- A small-school player who could soon be a big name in the area, the 6-foot-3 guard scored more than 20 points a game last season. * Caleb Rutledge and Tyler Clinton, Willow Springs -- The pair is hoping to lead coach Mike Mallow's Bears back after a 7-17 season. They should be an improved team. * Tripp Tucker, Lamar, jr. -- Fresh off a state football championship, Tucker will lead the Tigers' transition to the basketball court as the leading scorer from coach Joel Braden's team from last year. * Jacob Wade, Strafford, sr. -- One of the area's premier athletes, Wade will again anchor the post for the perimeter-oriented Indians. Expect Wade to keep up in transition with his athletic teammates. * Ben Weinreis, Ash Grove, soph. -- A future star for coach Jeremy Nicholson, the sophomore will impact the game in every way for the Pirates. * Andy Wenger, Hollister, sr. -- The senior guard is a four-year varsity player. After a great summer, he will be looked upon to lead the Tigers, according to coach Ryan Worley. * Bryce Zimmerman, East Newton, jr. -- A 6-foot-6 scoring post who averaged 14.6 points and 8.5 rebounds last season, Zimmerman should put up big numbers again for coach Kyle Fields.
The Smith-Cotton girls basketball team struggled to score in the first half and fell to Eldon 53-17 Monday in the first round of the Marshall girls basketball tournament.