As expected, the Columbia Hickman High School girls' basketball team proved to be the class of the field in the inaugural girls' bracket of the US Bank/Rolla High Holiday Invitational.

ROLLA - No surprise here.
As expected, the Columbia Hickman High School girls' basketball team proved to be the class of the field in the inaugural girls' bracket of the US Bank/Rolla High Holiday Invitational.
On Saturday night the Hickman Lady Kewpies completed their three-game tourney sweep over a game Waynesville Lady Tiger squad 48-32 in the championship game of the event at the Rolla High gym.
In other games from the girls' bracket on Saturday:
In the third-place game Rolla stopped St. Clair 55-49, in the fifth-place game Sedalia Smith-Cotton beat Houston 40-31 and in the seventh-place game Newburg topped Warrensburg 43-36.

Championship Game
Hickman 48, Waynesville 32
Waynesville, pounded by Hickman by around 40 points earlier in the season, hung with the Lady Kewpies for a while on Saturday behind the play of freshman forward Kallie Bildner.
Hickman led 16-11 after the first period and went into halftime up 30-22.
However, Hickman's superior size and depth began to take its toll after intermission. Waynesville was outscored 16-3 in the third period and went into the fourth quarter down 46-25.
Emily Miller, a sophomore forward, netted 26 points to pace Hickman, now 10-1. Bildner was 8-for-8 at the free throw line in the first period on her way to a 14-point first half and finished with a team-high 19 points for the Lady Tigers, 5-7.

Third-Place Game
Rolla 55, St. Clair 49
In a game that went back and forth throughout, host RHS reeled off the last six points at the free throw line in the final 1:45 to win.
St. Clair junior Karissa Hoffman hit a 10-foot turnaround jumper at the 2:14 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the game 49-49. St. Clair would not score again.
Senior forward Andrea Zalis put Rolla on top for good with two free throws at the 1:45 mark. Junior forward Madison Collier then made a steal and junior guard Shannon McCaul was fouled and hit one-of-two free throws.
St. Clair turned the ball over with :26 left and McCaul was again fouled five seconds later. She again hit one-of-two to make it a four-point spread. After St. Clair missed a field goal attempt Zalis was fouled with :08 remaining and canned two free throws to make the final score.
The lead changed hands 10 times and there were eight ties.
Junior forward Gabe Otte finished with 16 points and Zalis 14 for Rolla, now 6-4.
Sophomore guard Allison Hinson had 18 points and Hoffman 15 for St. Clair, 6-4.

Fifth-Place Game
Sedalia 40, Houston 31
Sedalia Smith-Cotton jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first period and upped the advantage to 18-11 by halftime.
Houston cut into the deficit in the third period, trailing 22-19 heading into the fourth period. However, Sedalia outscored Houston 18-12 in the final quarter to hold on.
Senior guard Jacqueline Greer scored 19 points for Sedalia, now 6-6. Senior center Alexa Ichord had nine points for Houston, 6-4.

Seventh-Place Game
Newburg 43, Warrensburg 36
In a game of short-handed foes, the Newburg Lady Wolves came out on top. Newburg was without sophomore forward and leading rebounder Kelsey Austin. And Warrensburg played without three players, including leading scorer Taylor Geis, for breaking team rules.
Warrensburg jumped out to a 11-6 lead after the first period and went into halftime up 21-15. Newburg trailed 29-23 heading into the fourth period.
However, the Lady Wolves caught fire in the fourth quarter and outscored Warrensburg 20-7 to come from behind.
Junior forward Shelby Friend had 16 points to pace Newburg while junior guard Renate Richardson added 13 points and sophomore forward Whitney Sands 11. Kayla Woolen had nine points for the Warrensburg Lady Tigers.

All-Tourney Team
Senior Jade Holly, who has already signed to attend and play at NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State next season, was named the tournament's MVP. Also selected to the all-tournament team were Zalis of Rolla; Bildner and Hannah Bland of Waynesville; Cherish Walton and Miller of Hickman; Kylee Elmore of Houston, and Hoffman of St. Clair.

Hickman 48, Waynesville 32
Waynesville (5-7): Bildner 4-11-19, Howser 1-2-4, Laughlin 0-2-2, Finger 1-0-2, Bland 1-2-4, Larson 0-1-1, Totals 7-18-32.
Hickman (10-1): Holly 3-1-7, Miller 9-7-26, Logan 1-0-2, Adams 1-2-4, Walton 2-1-5, Johnson 2-0-4, Totals 18-11-48.
Rolla 55, St. Clair 49
Rolla (6-4): McCaul 2-2-6, DeShurley 0-2-2, Blackburn 2-0-5, Otte 6-4-16, Collier 0-2-2, Cates 2-0-4, Zalis 2-10-14, Neal 2-2-6, Totals 16-22-55.
St. Clair (6-4): Presley 1-0-2, Guehne 1-0-2, Reed 0-1-1, Hinson 4-8-18, Hoffman 6-3-15, Klenke 1-1-3, Deason 1-0-2, York 0-6-6, Totals 14-19-49.
Sedalia 40, Houston 31
Sedalia (6-6): Lollis 1-3-6, Knight 3-0-7, Gero 1-0-2, Sharp 0-4-4, Greer 5-7-19, Perkins 1-0-2, Totals 11-14-40.
Houston (6-4): Elmore 2-1-5, Ichord 4-1-9, Cremer 0-1-1, Scheets 1-6-8, Sillyman 2-0-6, Herndon 1-0-2, Totals 10-9-31.
Newburg (3-7): Richardson 2-9-13, Hudson 0-1-1, Doerr 0-2-2, Friend 8-0-16, Sands 4-3-11, Totals 14-15-43.
Warrensburg (2-9): Kayla Woolen 4-1-9, Strahle 3-1-7, Stangel 2-1-5, Karla Woolen 2-0-4, Collins 2-0-6, Wilbanks 2-0-5, Totals 15-3-36.