Lady Owls top-ranked team in state, remain undefeated, Owls split
Silex Lady Owls, continuing their successful 2012-2013 campaign and the Owls each brought home hardware from the recent Clopton Tournament. The undefeated Lady Owls scorched the court, defeating the host Lady Hawks 59-29 for the title while the Owls lost 66-47 for second place in the boys’ division.
Natalie Fleming scored 20 and teammate Leah Miller continued her strong effort with 19 points in the title game. Fleming also had 12 rebounds, five steals and four assists while Miller blocked four shots.
“We played very well together especially on the defensive end,” said Coach Robert James. “I thought we made it very hard for Clopton to get good looks consistently.”
The team presented James his first tournament champion in the Clopton Tourney during his tenure as head coach. “So I’m very proud of the girls’ accomplishment,” he added.
He complimented the play of Miller, a sophomore who is appearing to be coming into her own. “Leah was very good again, coming off a 24-point performance in the semifinal win, he said adding, “tonight, she got us off to a great start and just had a wonderful, all-around game and tournament. Marcie (Norton) played some really key minutes and had a productive night including two charges. This is an area that we have been trying to do better as a team.”
Shelby Dunn led Clopton with 16 points.
In the boys’ title game, Austin Fleming scored 14 points and Ryan Eisenbath followed with 13 points in the loss. Eisenbath had 12 rebounds including five offensive boards. Joey Rau-massey had five assists.
Silex held a 12-10 lead after one period but the Warriors rallied in the second period to lead 32-28 at the half. In the second half, Warrenton held a 34-19 edge in scoring including 18-8 in the final period.
On Jan. 7, Leah Miller continued her outstanding play, scoring 16 points in a 51-18 win at Barat Academy. Fleming finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 7 assists. Ashley Brown had four steals.
Silex raced to a 30-12 lead by halftime and led 44-16 after three periods.
“We were able to put defensive pressure on them and create baskets,” said James.
The win improves their record to 13-0 for the year. They were ranked first in the state according to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association/Mosports.com
“We got off to a great start in the Warrenton game, but turned the ball over way to much in the second half, went cold from the field, and were not the aggressors like we had been all week,” said Coach Chad Twellman. “We lost by nineteen but it was a three-point game with five minutes to go. Playing well this week was a big for our confidence. We have been lost mentally of course due to the loss of our great friend and teammate Trent Huber. I hope we are turning the corner. We seem to be healing and it is showing on the court.”
On Jan. 7, the Owls dropped a 48-47 decision at Orchard Farm. Fleming scored 13 points, Eisenbath 12 points an Matt Huber chipped in 10 points. Flemin had 9 rebounds, six steals and five assists.
“We missed easy shots all night again and let another close game slip away against a quality team,” said Coach Chad Twellman.