While most students were on Christmas break, those who play basketball found themselves in the Otterville Holiday Classic Tournament. Bunceton girls found themselves seeded first and playing the eighth seeded Northwest. Bunceton showed that they deserved the first seed defeating Northwest by the score of 58 to 16.
Bunceton played fifth-seeded Slater on New Year's Eve. The Lady Dragons led all the way throughout the game with the help of Kelsey Watson's 18 points and six rebounds. Madelynn Myers was also a force with eleven points and six rebounds. Ashlyn Twenter also scored in double digits with ten points and grabbed four rebounds. Chloe Moser added nine points and led the team with ten rebounds. Maggie Wood made five points, four rebounds, and had swiped away two balls from the offense. Cara Bishop made three points. This gave Bunceton with Prairie Home girls the win of 56 to 47. Coach Ray's remarks were, "We had to weather the storm to achieve this win. It was an all out good game from several girls. Points were spread around and we did just enough to pull past a very tough Slater team. Their record does not show how good of a team they are. We have to continue to get better at the small pieces of the game to continue to be successful." This win put them in the championship game facing Otterville.
"As to be expected, the Otterville girls came out with some fire ready to play against us. We gave a second place effort, played with second place intensity, and showed second place heart. We fell short due to low shooting percentages. We did exactly what we were supposed to do on the defensive side of the ball. We are back at it on short rest next week," replied Coach Ray. The gals just couldn't seem to connect with the basket making only nine out of 45 attempts from the floor and eleven out of 21 attempts at the charity line. Otterville's Lady Eagles led all the way for the win of 48 to 30. Kelsey Wood led for Bunceton with 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal. Ashlyn Twenter put in nine points, two rebounds, and one steal. Chloe Moser made six points, grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the team, and had two steals. Madelynn Myers made three points, one rebound, and two assists. Madison Brown made one point, four rebounds, and two steals. Cara Bishop made one points, three rebounds, and two steals. Maggie Wood had two rebounds, one steal, and three assists. Bunceton now has a 7-4 record as they go into the New Franklin Tournament.
Prairie Home boys were seeded fifth and faced fourth-seeded Otterville. This was the third time they faced each other and as it was twice before, a very close game. Prairie Home came out victorious scoring 51 points to Otterville's 47. Coach Trever Huth commented about this game saying, "We came out strong to start off with this game. Played good defense and got to the rim a lot, which is what I like to see. From there we got kind of a still on offense and didn't move without the basketball very well at all. We allowed too much dribble drive into the paint that allowed them some easy buckets and layups. We need to put together a whole game and work hard for four quarters, we could see a big difference in our games. Still a good win against a really good team in Otterville and district win at that." Kassen Lock led the way with 16 points, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Jason Burnett made ten points, three rebounds, and two steals. Clayton Pethan led the team by grabbing 13 rebounds along with his nine points, two steals, and one assist. Blane Petsel put eight points on the scoreboard while getting two rebounds, one steal, and three assists. Alex Rhode scored five points and three rebounds as Hunter Shuffield put in three points and two rebounds. As a team they made 12 out of 19 free throws and 43% of their field goals.
Prairie Home next faced first-seeded Slater on New Year's Eve. According to Coach Huth, "We came out starting the game playing with Slater and competing 100 percent with them. They hit a couple big shots early and we answered them back. After that we were getting the shots we wanted but they just weren't falling for us. From there a good team in Slater kept running the floor and playing their game and we didn't play well at all to finish the game and the score shows that. We gave up, quit hustling for the ball, and waited for the game to be over and that was the hardest thing to see to end the game." Jason Burnett put 16 points on the scoreboard while pulling down two rebounds and giving one assist. Kassen Lock connected to add eight points, grabbing two rebounds and giving three assists. Blane Petsel made four points and had two assists. Tripp Kendrick made three points and Dillon Alpers connected for two points. Luke Stewart made two points and 3 rebounds while Ty Stidham made two points and one rebound.
The boys played for third place against Smithton. Prairie Home with Bunceton boys were leading at halftime 34 to 27. Coach Huth remarked, "We started off the game well getting into the paint and playing great defense. In the second quarter we started off playing with great basketball on the offense end. Taking our time and controlling both ends of the floor. Smithton made some adjustments at half time that brought them back closer in the game and we couldn't make the in game adjustments to play with them. It comes to wanting to play as a team and we didn't want to do that in the second half like we did in the second quarter." The Panthers ended up losing the game 57 to 65. Three Panthers scored in double digits. Jason Burnett again led the boys with 21 points while grabbing four rebounds, one steal, and giving two assists. Clayton Pethan made eleven points, led with six rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Kassen Lock made ten points, had three rebounds, two steals, and three assists. Blane Petsel made nine points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Alex Rhode made two points and had four rebounds. Hunter Shuffield made two points, two rebounds, and one steal. Ty Stidham scored two points, one rebounds, and one assist. The Panthers now have a record of six wins and five losses as they get ready for the New Franklin Tournament.
It's time for the Annual Cooper County Historical Society Trivia Night. It will be Jan. 25 beginning with food being served at 6 p.m. with the trivia starting at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 1515 Radio Hill Road in Boonville. This fundraiser will help us raise funds to support the Cooper County Historical Society [CCHS]. CCHS presents free public programs throughout the year and maintains a research center in the county, as well as providing the book "Discover Cooper County" to all fourth graders in Cooper County each year. This will be a fun evening of food, snacks, and soft drinks with friends and family. There will also be a silent auction going on during the evening. Teams of up to eight players each can register and reserve a table to compete for the grand prize. Each team works together
at their table to come up with answers as our MC reads the questions. (No one is asked to stand up in front of the group and answer questions.) No more than eight people may sit at a table. The cost per table covers the trivia game plus the food and drinks. If you would like to enter a team for this trivia night of fun, register your team by contacting Dawn Taylor by phone at 660-888-9438 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you really can't or don't want to have a team and come play, you can still make a monetary donation to CCHS. We appreciate your support! Our address is: Cooper County Historical Society, P.O. Box 51, Pilot Grove, MO 65276.