Archie went into the game Jan. 15 at Drexel with two things on their minds.
First, they wanted to keep their undefeated record intact. And second, they wanted to beat Western Missouri Conference rival Drexel, the same team they almost lost to in the WEMO Conference basketball tournament at the beginning of the season.
“We were more focused as a team, which we have had trouble with this season,” Archie senior Stefani Simms said. “We really wanted to win this game and get to a conference championship.”
And win they did, by the score of 47-32 against a tough Bobcat team.
“We just focused on what we needed to focus on early and played good defensively,” Archie sophomore Taylor Plattner said. “We just wanted to win it.”
The Whirlwinds had only a 12-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter and both teams remained scoreless until over three minutes into the second quarter when Simms sunk a three-pointer. Plattner followed with a basket and a free throw and Archie led 18-10. Archie kept Drexel to only three points in the second quarter to take a 24-13 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats came out with a vengeance in the third quarter as freshman Jacy Bolton hit a basket and senior Jacklynn Williams sunk a shot and a free throw to close the gap to 24-18. Archie responded with a basket from junior Jordan Schulte and a three-pointer from Plattner.
But the rest of the quarter belonged to Drexel as sophomore Lauryn Campbell put in six points and junior Adison Barnhart added a shot to make the score 31-26.
So going into the last eight minutes of play, Archie knew they had to make a run. And after two baskets from senior Mallory Wiskur and a three-pointer from Plattner, the Whirlwinds had a 38-26 advantage.
“We just needed to put it on them because they were going to keep coming at us,” Plattner said. “I think our defense (was the key) because you have to stop them from scoring and look to score.”
Later in the quarter, with the score at 41-32, Archie went on a 6-0 run through the end of the game to seal the victory.
Archie was led in scoring by Plattner with 20 points and followed by Simms with nine points. Wiskur and Schulte added six points each. Kaily Kurzweil had four points and Sam Ogden had two points.
Campbell led the Bobcats in scoring with 15 points, followed by Williams with nine points. Bolton, Barnhart, Sydney Seba and Alexis Raffety added two points apiece.
The Whirlwinds, 13-0, and ranked No. 2 in Class 2 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association poll, now have that rival win notch on their belts.
“(I feel) a lot better to know that we are 13-0 and we beat them pretty well,” Simms said. “Being 13-0 is not what anyone probably expected. We didn’t really even expect it ourselves. But it’s great.”
The Bobcats fall to 6-6 on the season.