CARL JUNCTION — The Seneca Lady Indians finished second in the Carl Junction Classic after a 54-42 loss Thursday night to the Nevada Lady Tigers.
The Neosho Lady Wildcats placed fourth after their 65-34 loss to Carl Junction in the middle game Thursday.
The McDonald County Lady Mustangs opened the festivities and placed fifth with a 49-36 victory over Jasper.
Nevada sharpshooter Alison Bower earned tournament MVP and joining her as all-tournament are Nevada teammate Callie Beshore, Seneca's Taylor Mailes and Aliya Grotjohn, Neosho's Madison Flynn, McDonald County's Rita Santillan, and Carl Junction's Katie Scott.
In the championship game, Nevada scored the game's first six points and never relinquished that lead en route to the title.
Beshore gave Nevada a 29-19 halftime lead with a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining on the clock and the Lady Tigers led in double-digits most of the second half.
Beshore poured in a game-high 22 points and Lindley Ferry added 15 points.
The Lady Tigers benefited from an intentional and technical foul on Grotjohn with 3:36 remaining in regulation. Beshore made three of four free throws in the sequence and this helped Nevada to a 49-38 lead after Seneca had it in single-digits.
Things started getting intense when Nevada's Hailee Lundee intentionally fouled Grotjohn late in the third quarter.
Mailes, who persevered through four personal fouls that she reached with 2:56 left in the third, finished with 14 points and Chelsea Beville added nine points.
The Lady Indians pulled a major upset on the first night of the tournament with a 49-48 win over Class 4 state-ranked Carl Junction.
In the third place game, the Lady Wildcats had absolutely no answer for Carl Junction junior post and Missouri State commit Scott. Neosho should probably watch "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and the Black Knight scene for how to defend Scott next time.
By the point Scott scored her final basket for points No. 25 and 26, her point total matched the Lady Bulldogs' lead at that point early in the third quarter, 44-18.
Taylor Hughes and Shila Winder added 10 and nine points for Carl Junction, who never trailed, especially after a 15-0 run in the first quarter built a 19-4 lead following the game's second tie at 4-all.
Flynn, who scored a career-high 24 points in the overtime victory Wednesday over McDonald County, and Olivia Hixson each led Neosho with eight points. Hixson hit her first trifectas since the home opener when she knocked down six against Seneca.
A night after their overtime loss to their arch rival, the Lady Mustangs recovered for their first victory of the season and their first under new head coach Chris Kennedy.
Junior guards Rita Santillan and Regan Wilson contributed 32 points with Santillan good for a game-high 19 following her strong performance Wednesday against Neosho.
Katelyn Dockery paced Jasper with 13 points and the tandem of Baylee Jeffries and Kristy Holliday combined for 20 points with 10 each.