The Waynesville High School varsity girls’ basketball team won their first two games of the season. The Lady Tigers opened with a 50-36 win at home over the visiting Newburg Wolves Dec. 7, then picked up their first road win of the season with a 53-39 victory over the Hickman High School Lady Kewpies Dec. 10 at Columbia, Missouri.
“It was good to get (our) first game under out belts,” said Brittany Matlock, WHS head coach. “We had lots of energy on the floor and on the bench.”
WHS senior Naudia Evans scored her 1,000th point and added five more in the season opener against Newburg. She led the Lady Tigers with 23 points overall in that game, while freshman forward Breona Hurd added 15.
Evans and Hurd again provided Waynesville with a one-two punch at Columbia, where Waynesville jumped ahead with a 10-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Evans led Waynesville with 25 points, while Hurd added 20.
Matlock said her team showed progress in its second game but still had some issues that needed to be ironed out.
“Do we still have things to work on? Yes. But we’re going to enjoy this,” she said.
Up next: Waynesville is scheduled to open the annual Route 66 Shootout at 4 p.m. Friday, when they will face the Poplar Bluff varsity girls’ team at WHS.
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The WHS Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team fell in their season opener and at-home debut Saturday to the visiting Fulton Hornets 59-48.
Waynesville held an early 10-4 lead, but Fulton bounced back, scoring nine unanswered points to lead 13-10 after the first quarter, then outscored the Tigers by six points to lead 28-19 at halftime. Waynesville clawed their way back to within two points of the lead at the end of the third quarter but fell behind in the final minutes.
Chris Pilz, WHS head coach, said his team, “did several things well” in the game, but still had several things to work on in practice.
“We need to be more disciplined in our shot selection,” Pilz said after the game. “Our team will learn some valuable lessons from this contest tonight.”
Up next: The Tigers are scheduled to play two games in this weekend’s Route 66 Shootout. Waynesville is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Friday against the St. Louis Christian Academy Crusaders, followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday against the Poplar Bluff Mules. Both games take place in the WHS Gymnasium.
Waynesville High School senior Jared Hyatt signed a letter of intent Dec. 4 to continue his track-and-field career at the collegiate level next year with Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.
An NCAA Division II school, Drury competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Its track team holds the title as having the top grade-point average in the nation among NCAA-II programs.
WHS senior Bailey Shultz is also heading to Drury University, signing a letter of intent Dec. 1 to join the Panthers’ cheerleading squad.
Cheering for WHS since her sophomore year, Shultz is also a member of the competitive cheer squad Champion Athletics of Lebanon, which placed seventh in their division at a national championship in March.