The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers picked up a key Ozark Conference win Thursday over Waynesville 53-34.
The game played at West Plains High School was the team’s seventh annual Pink Out and more important than the outcome of the game was the record amount of funds the team raised for the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Cancer Treatment Center.
“It was a perfect night,” said Lady Zizzer Head Coach Scott Womack. “To be able to win three games (freshman, junior varsity and varsity) and raise money for a worthwhile cause made it a perfect night.
“It will be a few days before we know our total raised but we exceeded our goal and set a new record for money raised.”
The team’s goal was $10,000.
In the varsity game, West Plains entered the second quarter tied with Waynesville at 10. Sophomore guard Mackenzie Brunson scored 6 of the team’s 16 second-quarter points and West Plains entered halftime with a 26-16 lead.
Big third quarters from Hailey Meeks and Cass Cunningham extended the West Plains lead to 41-21 entering the fourth quarter. Meeks added a pair of 3-pointers in the final frame to lead West Plains to a 53-34 win.
The win improves West Plains’ overall record to 14-9 and 4-2 in the Ozark Conference.
Meeks led the Lady Zizzers with 19 points, six rebounds and four steals.
“Hailey had a really good night for us,” said Womack. “She is shooting the ball well right now.”
Cunningham added 16 points; Brunson, 9; Liesel Garrett, 5; Alli Holesapple, 2; and Ashton Judd, 2.
The Lady Zizzers held Waynesville to just 33 percent shooting.
“Our defense was a lot better Thursday night,” said Womack. “We made a concerted effort to defend better and it shows.”
Prior to the start of the varsity game, OMC presented West Plains High School with a plaque in honor of raising more than $50,000 for the Cancer Treatment Center.
During the National Anthem, sung by select members of the high school choir, the Lady Zizzers were joined by cancer survivors on the court.
The Pink Out was a great success,” said Womack. “It takes a community effort to make the event successful.
“I want to thank my assistant coach Sammi Radosevich. She did a great job organizing the event. Big shout out to West Plains Bank and Trust Company for being our event sponsor and helping throughout the night.”
In addition to being a sponsor, West Plains Bank and Trust Company gave away $300 at halftime. The cash prize was won by West Plains High School educator Scott Heidy. Heidy donated the money back to the cause.
“I would also like to thank ReeceNichols real estate for donating a Series 3 Apple watch and Jack Randolph and Jacob Garrett for selling barbecue sandwiches during the event,” said Womack.
The watch was won by a high school student.
The Lady Zizzers are planning on presenting OMC with a check prior to its final home game Feb. 19.
In the junior varsity game West Plains improved to 9-7 with a 44-17 win.
Judd lead the Lady Zizzers with 16 points; Holesapple scored 8; Myah Mayfield, Haylie Jeffery and Anna Meeks each scored 6 points; and Jade Barry scored 2 points.
The freshman squad also picked up a win and are now 3-5 on the season. West Plains won 21-16.
Megan McCrackin scored 11 points; Peta Collins, 5; Emalee Brashears, 3; and Kylie Kittrell, 2.
West Plains will host Hillcrest Monday at West Plains High School. A two-quarter freshman game will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the junior varsity and varsity contests to follow.
Additional photos from the annual Pink Out game are on page 2B.