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Kirksville defense smothers Bruins

At least Rock Bridge looked good for the first two seconds.

After that, everything went downhill as Kirksville cruised to a 61-38 girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Reese plays role of fall guy

J.P. Reese has a unique wrestling style that allows him to earn a lot of falls. So many falls that he owns the Missouri record.

Missouri coach Brian Smith said Reese (141) is one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the nation because of his ability to get a fall in any situation.

Not enough muscle for MU

Missouri knows to expect tough inside play in the Big 12 Conference; dealing with it on the other hand is being worked on.

Aggressive inside play helped No. 9 Texas Tech defeat the Missouri women’s basketball team 73-68 on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Wrestling brotherhood

Tony Pescaglia’s parents might have found the perfect way to curb horseplay around the house.

Stephens routed in finale

The game, much like the rest of the season, was practically over as soon as it started.

Central Methodist College defeated Stephens College 92-43 on Tuesday at Silverthorne Arena. Stephens finished 1-18 after winning its first game.

Stewart's banner lowered tonight

Longtime Missouri coach Norm Stewart’s commemorative banner will be lowered from the Hearnes Center rafters at halftime of tonight’s game against Iowa State.

Five other banners were lowered at halftime of Missouri’s victory against Nebraska in January. The banners honoring Stewart (22), Jon Sundvold (20), Willie Smith (30), Doug Smith (34), Steve Stipanovich (40) and Bill Stauffer (43) will be moved to the new arena, scheduled to open in October.

Not so easy for Cougars

Columbia College had every reason to expect a lopsided victory against Lindenwood on Monday, but the Lions had other expectations.

The Cougars beat the Lions 70-55 at The Arena of Southwell Complex. In their season-opening game on Nov. 6, the Cougars won at Lindenwood 93-54.

Fulton outscores Rock Bridge

The Fulton Hornets wanted to make a statement.

Did they ever.

Tigers gain confidence

For the last 30 seconds of Sunday’s win against UNLV, Missouri point guard Spencer Laurie brought the ball past half-court and dribbled out the clock.

Laurie didn’t flinch as he pounded the ball against the court and looked into the helpless, frustrated eyes of his opponent. Laurie and the Tigers ended Sunday’s 94-60 win with a feeling they haven’t felt all season: control.

Contest draws Hall closer to his calling

At the risk of sounding “utterly cheesy,” Mike Hall will tell you moving people is his true love.

To laugh, to cry, to feel, Hall tries to invoke emotional response through performance, in plays, musicals, improvisational comedy, you name it.

Pavlovich seeks answers

Under dimmed lights in Silverthorne Arena, a group of women plays to an empty gym. They are the Stars of Stephens College, and this is an intrasquad scrimmage.

One player stands out from the group. The guard is a foot taller than everyone else on the court and, even in the poor light, is easily distinguished by the thick tuft of hair protruding from his chin.

Tigers gain confidence with Bond

When Missouri learned Jan. 5 that LaToya Bond had a broken left foot and would miss 4-6 weeks, it lost more than its starting point guard.

Bond’s injury marked the loss of the Tigers’ floor leader and most athletic player at a bad time.

Lincoln gaining tough reputation

Going to Lincoln, Neb., no longer represents an easy trip.

A recent resurgence has Nebraska playing a crucial role in the Big 12 Conference, and some of the Big 12 coaches discussed the Cornhuskers’ progression in the Big 12’s weekly conference call.After starting 1-6 in the conference, Nebraska (14-7, 4-6) has won three straight, including two wins with margins of more than 16 points.

Tigers go on offensive

Missouri coach Quin Snyder has waited for the game, in which several of his scorers had hot hands.

It finally happened when the Tigers made quick work of UNLV 94-60 on Sunday at Hearnes Center.

Conley’s skill shows in win

Missouri junior Jason Conley, the first freshman to lead the nation in scoring, showed his all-around game Saturday.

He didn’t even start.

Gardner’s play sparks MU

All Thomas Gardner needed was a little confidence.

He found it when he made the first start of his collegiate career against Iowa on Jan. 3. It carried to the next game, when he scored what was a season-high 17 points at Iowa State four days later.

Kewpies keep cruising

Surrounded by all eight of her seniors, basketball coach Tonya Mirts stood at a trophy case near the concession stand south of the Hickman High gymnasium.

As she ran her fingers across the glass, Mirts smiled and helped the Kewpies envision a trophy in the empty spot beside a second-place district track trophy.

Tigers look for winning streak

Coaches don’t like to talk about “must win” games, but for Missouri and coach Quin Snyder, that is what it has come to.

This afternoon’s game might be a must win for a different reason, though. With the Tigers’ game against UNLV at 2:30 p.m. at Hearnes Center being the second of three straight at home, it presents a good opportunity for the Tigers to earn consecutive wins for the first time since early December.

Cougars’ offense clicks in blowout

Saturday’s women’s basketball game between Columbia College and Harris-Stowe State featured the American Midwest Conference’s top three scorers, but the competition outplayed the conference leader.

The Cougars beat the Hornets 99-59 at The Arena of Southwell Complex for their 11th consecutive win. The Cougars (19-7, 10-0 AMC) held Laniya Stevens, the AMC’s leading scorer with 19.8 points per game, to nine on 2-of-9 shooting as the Cougars’ Charliss Ridley and Lisa Kowalewski alternated dominant scoring halves.

4 Kewpies earn state berths

JEFFERSON CITY — After the fifth installment of the Zach Arnold-Jeremy Hudson series, Arnold hasn’t found an ending he likes.

Arnold, a Hickman wrestler, lost to Jefferson City’s Hudson in the 171-pound finals of the Class 3 Sectional 3 Tournament at Jefferson City High on Saturday. Hudson’s 2-1 victory was his fifth win against Arnold this season.

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