The Waynesville Tigers ended their regular season and conference games with a loss to the Rolla Bulldogs. The Tigers ended their regular season with a record of 16-9 on the year.

Waynesville lost to the Bulldogs on Saturday, Jan. 20 in the St James Tournament Championship game 60-56. This time around the game was for pride as both teams were out of the Ozark Conference Title run, as each lost to Glendale earlier in the season.

The junior varsity Tigers began their game with an early 17-8 lead in the first period. Rolla and Waynesville both tied with six points each in the second period. The Tigers led 23-14 at halftime.

The Tigers came out sprinting after the break and won the third period 19-10. The Tigers increased their lead to 42-24 after three quarters. The younger players came into the game and received so much need playing time. The Waynesville Tigers won the game with a final score of 48-30.

The junior varsity team ended their season with an 8-2 this year.

The varsity Tigers gave the home crowd a great show as they fell in the close game 54-69.

Rolla came out and took an early 11-7 lead after the first period of the game. Rolla picked up the pace and led 21-18 in the second quarter. The Rolla Bulldogs held onto a 32-25 lead going into halftime.

The Waynesville Tigers came out shooting strong as they out scored the Bulldogs 18-16. The Rolla Bulldogs were able to close out the Tiger with a 21-11 point quarter. The Rolla Bulldogs won the game 69-54 in an outstanding effort by both teams.

The Waynesville Tigers were led in the game by Carson Cavalier with 23 points in the conference loss. Tahje Stewart scored 12 points for the Tigers. Gunner Rees scored nine points and David Adams added six points of his own. Both Tanner Simpson and Zeke Rogers scored two points each in the final regular season game of the year.

The Rolla Bulldogs were led in the game by Josh Pritchett with 17 points in the conference win. Both Alec Buhr and Coby Martin scored 15 points each in the game for the Bulldogs. Nick Janke score 12 points in the win. Muluken Pritchett and Blaize Klossner each added three pointers in the game. Davie Pound scored two points in the game.

“It was a tough loss for us. We went cold in the first half. We fought all night but couldn't get over the humph. We need to make a few adjustments and get ready for districts,” said Waynesville head coach Chris Pilz after the game.

The Waynesville Tigers go into Districts with a 16-9 record and will take on the Camdenton Lakers, who are 4-20 on the season. Waynesville beat the Lakers earlier this season at Waynesville High School by 25 points.