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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Photo by Steven Looney Tournament MVP Jordan Alford of Thayer puts up a jumper against the Liberty Lady Eagles.
Two Oregon County girls teams were in the eight-team field at the second annual Lady Eagles Invitational tournament in Mountain View.

The number 1 seeded Alton Lady Comets got 16 points from Alex Mills, 10 from Hollis and 10 from Cawvey in the first round game vs. the (8) Cabool Lady Bulldogs. Alton clipped the Lady Dogs 62-36 to advance to the second round.

The number 2 Lady Dons from Doniphan advanced to the "A" bracket with a 51-33 win in the first round, which sent the Couch (7) Lady Indian's into the B bracket.

The scrappy Bakersfield Lady Lions scored the first nine points over the (3) Thayer Lady Bobcats in first round action. The Lady Cats got busy and found their range to the bucket, however, and out distanced the Lady Lions 60-39. Holly Jo Grimes helped the Lady Cats with floor time and six points, Eckman dropped in seven, Burrell had 18. Jordan Alford led the Lady Bobcats with 22 points.

Alton's Lady Comets ran into a buzz saw in the second round against the Hartville Lady Eagles. The number 4 seeded Lady Eagles had their "A" game on, and rolled over the Lady Comets, 46-28, sending the Lady Comets to the 3rd place game.

In a tournament match-up of number 2-seeded Doniphan and number 3 seeded Thayer, the Donnett's took it on the chin. Three Lady Bobcats scored in double figures, to advance the Lady Cats into the Championship game. Senior Emily Eckman had an outstanding game from outside the three point stripe and also the charity stripe to lead Thayer with 16, Burrell and Alford added 13 apiece, Haley Earls pulled down rebounds and dropped in 12 with her play inside the paint. Rounding out the scoreboard, Grimes had six, Hargrove 4 and Laken Hollis picked up a free throw in the 66-50 Lady Bobcat semifinal victory over Doniphan.

In the "B" bracket 7th place game, the Couch Lady Indians caught fire and romped all over the Cabool Lady Bulldogs, 57-37.

They had to go into overtime to decide a winner for the consolation trophy, with the Bakersfield Lady Lions outlasting tournament hosts, Liberty Lady Eagles, 69-61

Alton and Doniphan battled close with a 32-28 Comet lead after two, and a 45-40 Donnett lead at the end of three quarters. Alton's Cawvey had to spend foul trouble time on the bench, but managed to drop in 11, Molly Steele added 10 and Alex Mills led Comet scoring with 16 An Alton three point attempt, to tie the game at the buzzer, rolled off the rim no good, to give Doniphan the win and third place in the tournament.

The Championship game, pitting the No. 3 and No. 4 seeded teams of Thayer and Hartville, did not disappoint spectators and fans. Hartville held on to a one point advantage 12-11 after one period of play.

Tight defense, from Emily Eckman, Jordan Alford, Morgan Stone and Elly Burrell, along with defense and rebounding from Courtney Hargrove helped push the Lady Cats lead to seven (29-22) at the half, and 11 points (50-41) after three.

In the end, the Lady Eagles came up six points short, to give the Lady Bobcats the 63-57 Championship Victory. Tournament MVP Jordan Alford led the Lady Cats with 25 points, Courtney Hargrove netted 11, Emily Eckman 10 and Elly Burrell added 10

Alex Mills from the Alton Lady Comets was recognized for her excellent play during the tournament with her selection to the All Tournament Team.

The Lady Bobcats also had three players recognized for their tournament play. Emily Eckman and Elly Burrell were on the All Tournament Team, and Tournament MVP was Thayer's Jordan Alford.

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