ABBY CASPER

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 5-6

The Houston Lady Tigers celebrated the holidays with a tournament victory.

Playing at 9 a.m. Monday to open the Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament, HHS built a double-digit lead in the third quarter and held off Chadwick 56-49 to advance in the winner’s bracket.

Senior Abby Casper scored 18 of her team-high 23 points in the second half to pace the Lady Tigers. Jaydin Ramsey added a pair of 3-pointers and 14 points.

Ninth-seeded Houston (3-4) extended a six-point halftime advantage to 16 points after the third quarter. Chadwick trimmed the deficit to five points in the final moments but never got closer.

The Lady Tigers play top-seeded Gainesville at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

BOX SCORE

Houston 6 11 23 16 – 56

Chadwick 3 8 13 25 – 49

HOUSTON (56) – Kaitlyn Root 3. Abby Casper 23. Sevanna Rowland 2. Jaydin Ramsey 14. Emily Shea 6. Alyssa Hayes 7. FG 18. FT 17-26. F 20. (3-pointers: Ramsey 2, Casper. Fouled out: none.)

Monday’s scores

First round

Houston 56, Chadwick 49

Gainesville 62, Salem JV 23

Plato 73, Eminence 51

Willow Springs 49, Mountain Grove 40

Cuba 38, Mansfield 35

Salem 67, Summersville 21

Liberty 65, Ava 31

Licking 54, Dora 34

Tuesday’s games

Consolation bracket

Chadwick vs. Salem JV, 9 a.m.

Eminence vs. Mountain Grove, 10:30 a.m.

Mansfield vs. Summersville, noon

Ava vs. Dora, 1:30 p.m.

Winner’s bracket

Houston vs. Gainesville, 3 p.m.

Plato vs. Willow Springs, 4:30 p.m.

Cuba vs. Salem, 6 p.m.

Liberty vs. Licking, 7:30 p.m.

PDF: Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament

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