Cardinals earn first seed in Northwood Tournament, Lady Cardinals end season

                                                           Photo by Shari Harris
Phelps County’s Wyatt Wilson scores to take a 4-0 lead over Green Forest Tuesday.
By Shari Harris
  Monday started a week of games, with the Lady Cardinals traveling to Dent-Phelps R-III. The Lady Bobcats, winners of the Oak Hill tournament earlier this season, left no doubt in the 57-6 thumping of the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Cards didn’t let it keep them down, though.
  Tuesday evening, they hit the floor again, this time at Green Forest, where it was eighth grader appreciation night. It was a hard fought contest, with the final score not indicative of the struggle. Green Forest built up a commanding 20-5 lead at halftime. Phelps County outscored Green Forest 15-11 in the second half but it was not enough. In the end, the Green Forest Lady Mustangs got the win with a final score of 31-20.
  The boys’ game followed the girls on Tuesday. The Cardinals were too much for the Mustangs, winning 40-32 in another close struggle. Wyatt Wilson led scoring with 14 points, with 6 points apiece added by Carter Mathis, Rowdy Lucas, and Shawn Black. Titus Wilson and Nick Boettcher each scored 4, for a well-balanced attack.
  After a night off, it was back on the floor. Thursday night was eighth grader appreciation night for PCR-III. The Dent-Phelps Bobcats came to town, and the Lady Cardinals again struggled, but were able to make a little more headway against the strong Lady Bobcat team. The final score was Bobcats 61, Cardinals 15.
  The Cardinals had more success than the girls’ team, overpowering the visiting Bobcats team with a final score of 41-26. Titus Wilson led scoring with 20, followed by Carter Mathis with 12. Wyatt Wilson had 4, Ryan Hunter 3, and Bray Steen 2 points to round out the scoring.
                                                          Photo by Shari Harris
Green Forest eighth grader Kristen Howell shoots over 
Phelps County’s Sydney Maisch while Madison Hamby 
gets a hand  on the ball from the side in the Tuesday 
night game.

  Despite three girls’ and two boys’ games already in the week, it wasn’t over yet. Friday evening, the Lady Cardinals ended their season with a rematch of their Tuesday night contest against the Green Forest Lady Mustangs. The Lady Cardinals were tough to beat on their home court, but the final score again saw the Lady Mustangs ahead, 32-29. Madison Hamby led scoring for PCR-III with 12 points, followed closely by Kenzie Duvel with 11 points. Keely McKnight scored 4 points, Abby Reeves added 2, and Sydney Maisch put in 1. Torie Wilson, Bailey Busque, Tessa Lucas, Hailey Lucas, and Dru Lane contributed to the effort with rebounds, steals and blocks. The Lady Cardinals ended their 2018 season with a 5-10 record.
  The Cardinals also played Friday evening, against Oak Hill, in their last regular game of the season. They pulled out another win, 59-30, to raise their record to 9-2. Carter Mathis and Titus Wilson again led scoring, with 18 and 11 points respectively. Rowdy Lucas had 9, Shawn Black 8, Riley Wilson 5, Bray Steen 4, and Ryan Hunter and Nick Boettcher each had 2 points. The Cardinals earned the number one seed and a first round bye in the Northwood Tournament next week. They will play the winner of the Green Forest and Oak Hill game on Tuesday at 6:50 p.m.



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