by: Scott McCaulley
A Branson Lady Pirate Basketball Team suffering through a season of injuries to many of their players experienced some success Thursday night as they held off Joplin 44-37 to win for the second time this season.
With the team’s injuries requiring several of the younger players to step up, the Lady Pirates got a team effort to pick up the win as they built a 14 point second half lead only to see the Lady Eagles, in the middle of a rebuilding job that already has netted them more wins than they had all of last season, go on a fourth quarter surge and cut the lead to five before the Lady Pirates held on for the win.
Shelby Heil scored 19 points while Joanna Lansman added 10 points to lead Branson to the win.
Branson 44 Joplin 37
Blue Eye 73 Reeds Spring 35
Forsyth 65 Bradleyville 29
Springfield Greenwood 54 Galena 19
Valley Springs 48 West Fork 33
Valley Springs 61 West Fork 30
Galena 71 Morrisville 69 (Pleasant Hope Tournament)
Crane 62 Clever 51 (Crane Tournament)
Billings 68 Marionville 56 (Crane Tournament)
Basketball Coverage Today:
Joplin at Branson Boys 7:30 981 FM KCAX
Hollister at Reeds Spring Boys 7:30 Perry Phillips Sports Dot Com
Berryville at Harrison Girls/Boys 6:00/7:30 94.9 FM KHOZ