The Lady Jays took third place at the Pink & White Tournament at Drury University on Saturday, Dec. 30. This is the highest Marshfield has placed in the tournament since 2008’s Lady Jays championship run.
After the game, the Marshfield girls team was awarded the Dr. Tim Jester Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the team who displays outstanding sportsmanship during the tournament.
“It’s a testament to our girls and their character,” said head coach Katie Pritchard. “They go on the floor and represent Marshfield by playing the game the way it should be played. We’re so proud of our girls for bringing home that award.”
The tournament started on Wednesday, Dec. 27 with the No. 3 Lady Jays matched up against the unseeded Springfield Fightin’ Irish. The Lady Jays defeated the Irish in a 62-26 blowout.
The next matchup saw the Jays take on No. 6 seed Skyline Lady Tigers. Skyline defeated Sarcoxie in the previous round in another opening round blowout.
In a tough game, Marshfield was able to take the win 58-40.
In the semi-finals of the White Division, the Lady Jays matched up against the Nixa Lady Eagles and lost 56-45 to put them in the third-place game against the Glendale Falcons. Lauren Luebbert, a senior and Marshfield’s leading scorer, injured her back and was unable to compete in the third-place game against the Glendale Falcons.
“She’s been having some muscle issues in her back,” explained Pritchard. “She took a fall in the game, and we decided it was best for the team if she took the next game off to recover.”
Despite missing their star player, Marshfield’s Peyton Ward, a freshman, stepped up and scored 21 points. Quinn Aldridge, a sophomore, scored 29. Abby McBride, a senior, ended the night with 12 points.
“Ward has always been fearless,” said Pritchard. “She recognized that we needed someone to step up and she did just that with all the confidence in the world.”
The Logan-Rogersville Lady Wildcats won their opening day matchup against Central in a massive blowout with a score of 80-14.
Their second round had them matched up with Fair Grove. They lost 44-72 and entered the fifth-place bracket.
After defeating Ozark in the semi-finals of the fifth-place bracket 44-43, the Cats fell to Aurora to end their 2023 Pink & White run.
The Strafford Lady Indians defeated the Bolivar Lady Liberators in the first round of play on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
In their second-round matchup with Nixa, the Lady Indians fell 56-71 and entered the fifth-place bracket of the White Division. There, they were matched up with Skyline. They lost to the Tigers and exited the tournament without placing.
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