SEDALIA — The Neosho Lady Wildcats dropped a pair of games Thursday and Friday in the Smith-Cotton McDonald’s Classic, 51-49 to Glendale on Thursday and 58-37 to Kansas City Center on Friday. The Lady Wildcats have lost six consecutive games dating back to late December.
In the game Thursday, Neosho senior Madison Flynn led the way for the Lady Wildcats with 20 points, while sophomore Olivia Hixson tallied 13 points, sophomores Michelle Lindsay and Brylee King six each, and junior Maile Gindling four.
Thursday provided a good opportunity for the Lady Wildcats to end their losing streak and taste victory for the first time in the 2019 calendar year.
Glendale entered Thursday with only a single victory on the season, 48-45 on the first day of December against Springfield Catholic.
Friday brought the Lady Wildcats a rematch against Center from the Neosho Holiday Classic and Center defeated Neosho by 21 points this second time around after winning by 18 the first time.
Lindsay came through with a team-high 13 points, King and Hixson each tallied seven, Flynn had five, Avery Renfro and Gindling each had two, and Melea Robertson rounded out the scoring with a point.
Center ended a four-game losing streak, which began with a loss to St. Joseph Central in the Holiday Classic title game.
Neosho, meanwhile, enters Friday night’s Homecoming contest against arch rival McDonald County with a 5-11 overall record.
Neosho and McDonald County battled into overtime earlier this season in the Carl Junction Classic, with the Lady Wildcats emerging victorious 55-50.
In that game, Flynn scored at that point a career-high 24 points, Gindling had nine, King and Hixson six each, Mary Dunbar and Renfro four each, and Halley Merrell two.
Rita Santillan led McDonald County with 16 points and Ragan Wilson added eight. Santillan and Wilson each fouled out in overtime.
At one point early in the second half, Neosho trailed 30-16 but the Wildcats erased that deficit with a 20-4 stretch for a 36-34 Neosho advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Late in regulation, Neosho fell behind 46-42, but the Lady Wildcats forced overtime by scoring the final four points.
In overtime, Neosho outscored McDonald County 9-4.