In a busy stretch of basketball, the Houston High School girls came away with one win in three outings last week.
In the inaugural Bourbon Invitational Tournament, the third-seeded Lady Tigers got off to a good start in the opening round of the 6-team event, defeating No. 4 Liberty Christian 57-34 in a Tuesday contest.
Houston held the Lady Eagles (of Wright City) to only 3 points in both the second and third quarters, and went on to beat a squad that came into the tournament with an unblemished 14-0 record.
HHS sophomore guard Hannah Dzurick nailed two 3-pointers in the second period and led all scorers in the game with 15 points, while junior guard Jaden Stell had 10 points. Freshman guard Katie Jo Chipps scored 6 points in the first quarter for the Lady Tigers and finished with 8, while freshman forward MacKenzie Bryan added a career-high 7 points (including 6 in the third quarter).
“That was the best complete game we have played all year, and we beat a good team,” said HHS head coach Jim Moore. “The girls played together, were unselfish and were relentless all night.”
With the victory, Houston advanced to face second-seeded Grandview on Thursday, and fell 57-45. The Lady Eagles (from Hillsboro) enjoyed a distinct size advantage and got numerous second-chance shots, but the Lady Tigers helped their cause by committing a slew of turnovers.
“We turned it over way too much,” Moore said, “and they were mostly unforced.”
Stell buried 5 treys in the game and led Houston in scoring with 17 points, while Chipps hit a pair of threes and scored 10 points and Dzurick added 9.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to take on host Bourbon in a third-place game on Saturday, but it was cancelled due to weather concerns.
Houston also played a Monday game at Thayer, and lost 48-23.
The host Lady Bobcats are the defending Missouri Class 2 state champions and are currently ranked sixth. They held the Lady Tigers to only 2 points in the second quarter and 6 in the first half.
Junior forward Riley Scheets scored 7 points in the contest for the Houston, while Stell and Dzurick added 6 apiece. Maddy Kerley led Thayer with 17 points, as 10 Lady Bobcats scored.
The Lady Tigers (4-8 after last week) play their first two SCA games of the season this week, including a Monday contest in Mountain View against Liberty and a Thursday matchup at Cabool.