After pulling off the first-round upset over Ozark last Tuesday, the Aurora Lady Houns' improbable trip through the winners' bracket of the Pink and White Lady Classic came to an end the following day, as Nixa rolled to a 67-28 victory.
The Lady Eagles posted a 14-0 run to begin the contest and didn't much slow down after that, going on to lead 18-5 after one quarter and 35-14 after a half.
Facing a considerable size disadvantage, as Nixa had three six-foot-tall players, and a tough half-court press, the Lady Houns struggled to score, never breaking double-digit points in any one quarter of the contest.
Nixa only added to the already significant lead in the third quarter, at the end of which the Lady Eagles led 55-23. With the running clock in the fourth period, the end of the game quickly and mercifully, with Coach DJ Gutscher's team coming up short for the loss.
Senior Kaylee Huffman led the Lady Houns with 14 points on the night, while freshman Elizabeth Martin added five. Junior Ashley Vaught added four, freshman Lillie Bodeen recorded three, and senior Emily Moore scored two to round out the scorebook for the Lady Houns.
In Thursday's matchup with Rogersville in the consolation round, the scoring troubles continued for Aurora, as the Lady Houns fell 47-30 to the Lady Wildcats, who would go on to take fifth place. Moore led the team with 11 points on the night.
Gutscher's team will look to get back on track in regular season play Friday, with a Big 8 Conference matchup at home against McDonald County. Junior varsity tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.