C of O Basketball: Men Lose Shootout, Women Roll in Opening Round

by: Scott McCaulley

The College of the Ozarks Basketball teams split their games in the NAIA Division Two Basketball Tournaments Thursday.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Bobcats had a tall task as they take on one of the Number One Seeds in the tournament. The Bobcats held strong most of the first half but a 10-0 run by the Golden Bears in the final minute of the first half helped them hold off the Bobcats for the rest of the game and led to a 90-79 win for West Virginia Tech.

Ethan Davidson, in his final game for C of O, led the Bobcats with 31 points while fellow senior Heath Carmichael added 17. Storm Price had a double-double for the Bobcats scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Bobcats finish the year with a 22=11 record.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bobcats in Sioux City, Iowa use a 31-9 second quarter run to put away Kansas Wesleyan winning the game 91-51. Cassidy Johnson scored 21 points, all in the first half while Kelsie Cleeton posted another double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Madisen Brethhower, Abby Oliver, and Annie Noah all also scored in double figures as the Lady Bobcats go to 30-3 on the season.

The C of O Women will play Hastings in the quarterfinals Friday at 8:45. That game can be heard on 106.3 KRZK.