The Waynesville High School Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team defeated the Steelville, Missouri, Cardinals 63-51 to claim third place in the FCNB Bank-It Challenge Friday at Sullivan High School.
The Tigers went to half leading 40-28, then pushed their lead to 20 toward the end of the third quarter. Steelville cut the lead to 11 late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the 12-point victory.
Gunner Rees led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points, followed by Tahja Stewart with 15 and Jayden Smith with 12.
“Gunner played big all week,” said Chris Pilz, WHS boys’ head coach. “Tonight he ran our offense and was able to knock down five (3-pointers). He was voted to the All-Tournament team.”
Up next: The Tigers will travel to Arkansas to compete in the Arvest Bank Tournament. The first round begins tonight in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Lady Tigers win
The WHS Lady Tigers varsity girls’ basketball team won their opening game of the regular season 60-55 over St. Joseph Academy at the Norm Stewart Classic in Columbia, Missouri.
Victoria Perry led the Lady Tigers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, a performance that earned her the tournament’s Gary Filbert Most Valuable Player Award.
Naudia Evans added 19 points and had five assists for the Waynesville team.
“(This was a) great first game of the season,” said Brittany Matlock, WHS girls’ head coach.
Up next: The Lady Tigers compete in the opening round of the Stephanie Phillips Classic when they take on Harrison, Arkansas, at 4 p.m. today at Catholic High School in Springfield, Missouri.