Nevada Daily Mail
"We were excited to play the No. 1, undefeated Class 4 team in the state," Nevada Lady Tigers head coach Brent Bartlett said after losing to the Republic Tigers, 59-34, in the championship game of the Lady Tiger Classic tournament Saturday.
When the Lady Tigers came out in the third quarter, their shooting went cold, leading to just a three-point effort in the period, while Republic added 13 to lead, 49-24. In the fourth quarter, each team added 10 more.
"We did some good things in the second half, but our shots weren't falling," Bartlett said, adding that Republic got them in foul trouble.
"We wanted to compete and we did," he said. "We left with our heads held high."
Tori Dahmer led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, going 4-for-10 at the free-throw line. Morgan McNeley had eight points, hitting three of her four free throws. Riley Good added eight points, followed by Ashley Shumaker with four.
Sarah Kreul led Republic with 14 points, followed by Alice Heinzler and Alex Botkin with 11 each, followed by Lindsey Carlson with eight, Michayla Shanks with five, Micah Mansker and Tori Taylor with four each and Kayla Bartelsmeyer with two.
In the third place game, Blue Valley Southwest outscored Carthage, 63-60, in double overtime, in a game that missed a third OT by a shot by Carthage at the buzzer that went wide.
In the fifth place game, Ray-Pec easily beat Joplin, 69-35.
Nevada senior Tori Dahmer and sophomore Morgan McNeley were picked for the All-Tournament team, as were Republic seniors Alice Hienzler, Alex Botkin and Sarah Kreul. Blue Valley Southwest senior Emily Eldridge rounded out the team.