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Morning Sports Report - Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Lady Bears continued their road trip Sunday aghast the Drake Bulldogs.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Lady Bears continued their road trip Sunday aghast the Drake Bulldogs, with Missouri State coming off of a 79-60 loss to Northern Iowa.

The Bulldogs’ Kyndal Clark, a Webb City native, goes baseline on the Bears for the easy basket. 39-27 Drake up.

Then, it's Bry Snow driving to the rack for the score. That cuts the Bulldogs lead to five.

Lady bears freshman Katie Palmer hits a huge three second half to make it a 63-59 Drake.

But the day belonged to Clark, she had 38 points as the Bulldogs win 79-69.

The end of February is nearing and for Glendale that means girl’s state swimming is just around the corner.

This time last year, the tide turned for Glendale’s girl's swimming.

"It was unbelievable, like indescribable, I can't believe we actually did it and I just hope we can do it again,” says senior Nikki Siss.

At the Springfield natatorium, they honor the wall of champions. That has individual champions dating all the way back to 1978, but in all these years and all the teams to come through the Springfield Public School District only one team has one the team state title and that was Glendale in 2013.

Since the Falcons are returning all swimmers from last season, the team can't help but think about the repeat.

"It's going to be tough, it's going to be tough there are a couple other teams out there that are real good right now, we are in that boat with them,” says Siss. “It is going to come down to who is ready to race on Friday the 20th."

"We for sure have a target on our backs because we were number one last year and everybody is going to come after us this year,” she says.

Siss made key chains to get that exact message across.

"That had our Glendale logo on one side and the target on the other side,” says Siss.

Nikki will look to defend her 50-meter freestyle as well as the 200 and 400 yard relay championships. A teammate on those relays is her kid sister Kaylee.

"It's definitely fun,” says Kaylee. “She pushes us to be better, like each and every one of us."

While there are two actual relatives, they all feel like sisters.

"We are so close, not even just the relays, like the whole team is close,” says Siss. “We do everything together, we do dinners, and we do activities. We are not even a team; we are like a big family.”

Though the Falcons swim team already made history, the story of this family still may not be finished.

The Falcons go for the repeat this weekend in St. Peter's

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