The Waynesville Lady Tigers hosted Springfield Central on Monday, Jan. 29. Central will be joining the Ozark Conference next season to replace Joplin . The Lady Tigers came into the game with a 15-2 record and are coming off a Washington Tournament Championship over the host school last Friday night. The Central Bulldogs come into the game with a 9-10 record and are coming into the game off a win of The Glendale High School Falcons out of Springfield.

Junior Varsity

The junior varsity girls began with a great defensive effort by both teams in first period, as the Lady Tigers took a 5-4 in the game. The Lady Bulldogs picked it up in the second period as they outscored Waynesville 12-8. The Central girls went into halftime with a 16-13 lead.

Central narrowly outscored Waynesville in the third period as 10-9 as both team struggles to score in the period. The Lady Bulldogs led 26-22 after three quarters of play in the matchup. The Waynesville girls were able to out score Central 10-6 in the final period of regulation. As the clock ran out both Central and Waynesville were tied at 32 points each.

The same result happened in the first overtime, as both teams scored a basket each to once again end in a tie at 34-34. The Lady Bulldogs were able to dig deep into their bench in the second overtime and outscore the Lady Tigers 7-3 in the period. The Central Lady Bulldogs began the night with a 41-37 double overtime victory.

Varsity

    The varsity game score didn’t tell the whole story, even though it ended with the Lady Tigers winning 72 - 51, it was a hard fought game.

    The Lady Tigers came out shooting strong in the first period, as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 17-8. Both Kiana Shoulders and Re'Shawna Stone made some key baskets in the quarter to give Waynesville the lead. The Lady Tigers continued to battle it out with Central as they outscored them in the period 13-7. Naudia Evans went 4-7 in the period for Waynesville with key free throws and Makaiya Brooks was a perfect 3-3 of free throws for Central. Waynesville led 30-15 going into the first half.

    The Lady Tigers were led by Stone with twelve points and the Lady Bulldogs was led by Heather Corman with seven points in the matchup.

    The Lady Bulldogs were able to come back and gain some ground as they outscored the Lady Tigers 20-17 in the period. Dasia Pence led the Central girls in the period with 13 points and Stone led Waynesville with nine points. The Lady Tigers picked up the pace in the final period of the game. They outscored the Lady Bulldogs 25-16 to make the lead out of reach, Waynesville was able to hit 11 baskets in the period including a three pointer by Stone. The Lady Bulldogs were also able to shoot well, as they made an impressive 5-6 free throws. Waynesville won the game 72-51.

    Waynesville head basketball coach Brittany Matlock said after the game, “We didn't shoot the ball very well, but crashed the boards for second and third opportunities," said Waynesville head basketball coach Brittany Matlock after the game. "I am proud of their continued work on both ends of the floor. Our next game is at Hillcrest on Thursday. The freshman have 4:30 start.”

    The Lady Tigers were led in the game by Stone with 28 points. Katie Handley added 20 points in the victory, Victoria Perry scored 10 points and Madison Conatser scored eight for Waynesville. Mackenzie Coleman added two of her own.

    The Central Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring by Pence with 16 point in the loss. Brooks scored 13 points and Coleman added 12 for Central. James scored eight points and Tate make two free throws in the third period.

    The Lady Tigers are now 16-2 and will travel to Hillcrest on Thursday and and take on the Hornets in Springfield for an Ozark Conference game. The Central Lady Bulldogs are 9-11 will Host Aurora on Thursday.