Notre Dame girls drop opener in Farmington Tournament

Thursday, December 4, 2003

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Notre Dame's girls basketball team held Fort Zumwalt South to just two first-quarter points but could not keep up the defensive pressure and fell 43-38 Wednesday at the Farmington Tournament.

The third-seeded Bulldogs (0-1) forced Fort Zumwalt into some early turnovers and had a 12-2 lead after the first quarter. Notre Dame led by only a point, 19-18, by halftime.

"Our press worked on them for a while and we got some turnovers; we just quit working it," Notre Dame coach Jerry Grim said.

Notre Dame still led 27-24 after the third quarter but was outscored 19-11 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were plagued by poor free-throw shooting, going 10-for-22 from the line.

Notre Dame got 37 of its 38 points from its three primary returning players. Sierra Ellis led Notre Dame with 15 points but fouled out. Sommer McCauley added 12 points and Sarah Palmer had 10.

Notre Dame will face Central in the consolation bracket today at 6:30 p.m.

FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH 43, NOTRE DAME 38

Ft. Zumwalt216619--43
Notre Dame127811--38

FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH (43) -- Ashley Brewer 7, Kate Clark 4, Megan Starkey 12, Megan Schulte 6, Keri Simms 2, Kahlia Collier 8, Whitney Allison 4. FG 18, FT 7-12, F 17 (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)

NOTRE DAME (38) -- Sierra Ellis 15, Sommer McCauley 12, Sarah Palmer 10, Laura Weissmueller 1. FG 13, FT 10-22, F 16 (3-pointers: Ellis 1, Palmer 1. Fouled out: Ellis)

Valle Tournament

St. Vincent fell to 0-3 with a 50-29 loss to Valle. Sierra Paulus led the Squaws with 11 points. St. Vincent only managed 10 points in one of four quarters.

VALLE 50, ST. VINCENT 29

St. Vincent56810--29
Valle1312178--50

ST. VINCENT (29) -- Sierra Paulus 11, Ashley Richardet 5, Joy Donze 4, Amanda Carron 3, Whitney Guth 3, Laura Gremaud 1, Schumer 2. FG 12, FT 4-9, F 15 (3-pointers: Guth 1. Fouled out: none)

VALLE (50) -- Schilli 16, Rosier 9, Sexauer 8, Herzog 6, Herman 4, Schweiss 3, Shuh 2, Tucker 2. FG 23, FT 3-12, F 15 (3-pointers: Rosier 1. Fouled out: none)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Farmington 67, Jackson 55

Jackson lost its season opener at the Farmington Tournament late Tuesday night.

Tyler McNeely scored 19 points to lead the Indians and Jack Puisis added 11. Farmington's Ben Arand had 17.

The Indians continue tournament play at 8 p.m. tonight against Eureka.

Other events

Notre Dame's girls freshman team beat Central 32-18. Notre Dame (1-1) had nine players score led by Courtney Ostendorf's six points.

--From staff reports

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