C of O Sports: Basketball Split Games, Cross Country Opens

Press Releases from College of the Ozarks

On Saturday the C of O Lady Bobcats lose their first game of the season while the Men pick-up their first win while the Bobcat Cross Country Season Opens:

Key three pointers down the stretch for the Warriors of Bacone College resulted in the College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats first loss of the season Saturday afternoon 72-69 in overtime.  The Lady Bobcats led most of the contest, but struggled to put away a scrappy Bacone team.

It was a disappointing loss for the Lady Cats as Coach Mullis stated following the game. “I am incredibly disappointed in our effort. This loss is 100% on us. Bacone came ready to play and outworked us. They deserved to win. There are many things that are out of our control, but effort is not one of them. We will directly address our effort and passion for performing well and will be better for it. I am embarrassed, as this is not who we are. I am the head coach and the responsibility falls on me. We will go to work to fix our mistakes. I still believe in our team. This is a hard lesson to learn, but we will be better for it in the long run.”

Jordan Wersinger led all scorers with 22.  Kayley Frank added 12, Annie Noah – 10, Grace Steiger, Katie Mayes, and Kyra Hardesty each added 6, Michelle Gabani – 5, and Stevi Jones – 2.

The Lady Cats move to 4-1 on the season. The scheduled game today at home against John Brown University has been postponed due to the Winter Weather. The Lady Bobcats next scheduled game is Wednesday at home against BBC.

Meanwhile, Bobcats picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion at Bacone.

After a grueling three long road trips in five days to start the season, the Bobcats were able to get in a full week of practice this week.  Utilizing the time to reflect on needed improvements, the Bobcats were able to regroup and put together a solid performance on their way to a 69-54 win.

Coach Steve Shepherd stated after the game, “We are happy to get our first win tonight.  We played with more confidence tonight and our defense is improving.  We passed better, cut better, and our offensive execution got us better shots.  We had a full week of practice and it really benefited us tonight.  I’m proud of our guys and the performance we had on the road.”

The Bobcats were led by Ayden Stone’s double-double with 19 points and 19 rebounds.  Garrett Simmerman contributed a solid 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Matt Luebbert and Andrew Mitchell each added 8, Treydon Rackley scored 7, Josh Linehan added 5, and Tanner Diaz and Tanner Rogers each chipped in 2.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Tuesday at Keeter Gymnasium as they host Lincoln Christian University in a 4:00 contest.

Finally, the College of the Ozarks Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams opened their 2021 season on Saturday at the Quachita Baptist Invitational in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  The cross-country season typically takes place in the fall.  However, due to concerns over COVID-19, many institutions postponed competition and the NAIA is allowing schools to compete this spring.

The women’s 5k race would start the day.  The Lady Bobcats finished fourth overall and posted two top ten finishers.  Abigayle Money finished third with a time of 18:52.9 and Emily Staal finished eighth with a time of 19:13.2.  Lauren Cowden finished in the top 20 with a time of 20:02.2.  The rest of the Lady Cats included Janelle Staal placing 23rd with a time of 20:11.0, Brooklyne Sedarwall, 25th, with a time of 20:29.9, Mary Zimmerman, 28th with a time of 20:57.2, and Jacqueline O’Harver, 29th, with a time of 21:04.8.

In the men’s 8k race, the Bobcats finished second in the team standings.  Four Bobcats finished in the top ten with Garrett Pierce placing 3rd with a time of 27:23.5, Samuel Buamer 7th, with a time of 28:09.6, Cole Chafin 9th, with a time of 28:22.0, and Wesley Moore 10th, with a time of 28:30.8.  David Byrd and Mason Apperson were just outside of the top ten finishing in 12th (28:51.7) and 15th (29:36.5) respectively.





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