The Waynesville High School Lady Tigers varsity girls’ basketball team clawed their way through a crucible of two tough opponents, falling to the Union, Missouri, Wildcats 64-34 on the road Jan. 5 before suffering a 67-45 loss to the Jefferson City High School Lady Jays Friday at home in the WHS gym.
“Jefferson City is a great team,” said Brittany Matlock, WHS head coach, after the game. “I’m proud of the girls and the effort we gave.”
WHS senior guard Naudia Evans led Waynesville with 29 points against Jefferson City, while senior forward Asia Morgan scored 22 and sophomore forward Breona Hurd added 10 points.
The Lady Tigers held the Lady Jays to within a few points of their scoring total in the first quarter and throughout the second half. However, the Jefferson City team built an insurmountable lead in the second quarter, putting up 25 points while holding Waynesville to a mere 8 points.
“We were outmatched inside, but played with lots of heart,” Matlock said.
Friday’s game came after a tough loss to Union, with the Wildcats holding the Lady Tigers to single digits in all four quarters.
“It was a tough loss to a tough team,” Matlock said.
Union held Hurd — the only WHS player in double figures — to 11 points, while Evans added nine. But more important than offense, the game demonstrated the Lady Tigers had some work ahead of them on containment and control.
“We must have better team defense and take care of the ball,” Matlock said.
Up next: The Lady Tigers are scheduled to be back on the road this evening, bound for Springfield, Missouri, where they’ll take on the Central High School Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. After that contest, the WHS squad will have a full week to prepare for their next game against another tough opponent: the perennial Class 5 powerhouse Lady Jays from Marshfield, Missouri. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21 at Marshfield High School.