Neosho junior Emily Mitchell placed fourth in No. 2 singles at the Central Ozark Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
Mitchell defeated Carthage’s Hadley Hicklin 8-3 in her opening match and then defeated Carl Junction’s Shirley Sherwood 6-1 in a consolation match. In their earlier match this season, Mitchell lost 8-6 to Hicklin. Coaches regularly talk about reversing outcomes and Mitchell did that Wednesday, at least against her opponent from Carthage.
Mitchell lost a semifinal match 8-3 to Ozark’s Claire Metcalf (the same exact score that Mitchell lost by against Metcalf earlier this season) and then the third place match 6-2 against Republic’s Katie Stiles (another opponent Mitchell lost to earlier in the season).
Both No. 1 singles Sarah Werner and No. 2 doubles Gabrielle McCauley and Emily Lemus lost their only two matches and were done with no chance on the back side.
No. 1 doubles Michelle Lindsay and Samantha Ortiz won their first match 8-3 against Joplin’s Ashley Kurtz-Lilly Masters, but lost their next two matches and were eliminated. The pair of Kurtz and Masters beat McCauley and Ortiz 8-5 in the Lady Wildcats’ final regular season dual Monday.
In that dual, which sent Neosho to a 2-12 overall and 0-9 COC record, Joplin won every match.
In singles, No. 1 Werner lost 8-2 to Astrid Cardenas, No. 2 Lindsay lost 8-2 to Emma Watts, No. 3 McCauley lost 8-2 to Kurtz, No. 4 Ortiz lost 8-1 to Masters, No. 5 Emily Galbraith lost 8-0 to Kenzi Badr, and No. 6 Lemus lost 8-2 to Veronica Culbertson.
No. 1 doubles Werner-Lindsay lost 9-7 to Cardenas-Watts and No. 3 Rylee Marion-Galbraith lost 8-2 to Badr-(first name not provided) Buckridge.
The day before, Neosho came a match shy against Lamar, the Lady Wildcats’ two victories in singles and two victories in doubles adding up to a 5-4 defeat.
No. 2 singles Mitchell defeated Taylor Darrow 8-0 and No. 3 Lindsay bested Alsira Juarez-Hernandez 8-1, but the Lady Tigers won the other four singles matches to erase a 2-1 deficit after doubles.
No. 1 Werner-Mitchell defeated Phipps-Juarez 8-3 and No. 3 Ortiz-Marion prevailed 8-3 against McDonald-Bennett for that early 2-1 lead.
Neosho returns to action Friday in the Thomas Jefferson Invitational, the Lady Wildcats’ final regular season competition before district play starts early next week.