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HOOPS ROUNDUP: Seneca boys top Neosho; McAuley boys beat NEVC; CHC girls fall to Diamond

SoMo Sports staff reports


SENECA, Mo. — Seneca started fast and never looked back in a convincing win over Neosho on Friday.

Seneca (3-3) outscored Neosho 21-8 in the opening stanza and carried that momentum throughout the game.

The Indians led by 14 at the intermission and played with the cushion in the second half. 

Ethan Altic led Seneca with a game-high 20 points, with 12 coming in the second half. Morgan Vaughn had 18 points in the win.

Gavyn Hoover finished with eight for the Indians.

Ty Harris led Neosho (3-3) with 15 points, nine in the first half.

Collier Hendricks, Kanten Smith and Colton Southern each added eight points in the loss.

Seneca hosts Crane on Tuesday.

Neosho hosts Aurora on Monday.



McAuley Catholic boys basketball limited Northeast Vernon County to five points in the first quarter to build a double-digit lead the Warriors would never relinquish in a win on Friday.

McAuley pushed the lead to 17 points by the start of the fourth quarter en route to victory.

The Warriors, which have won three of their last four games, was led in scoring by Michael Parrigon’s 13 points, including two 3-pointers.

Alex Bohachick scored 10 points to finish in double figures.

McAuley takes part in the 41st Annual Southwest Boys Holiday Tournament with a matchup against Monett on Dec. 27.



DIAMOND, Mo. — The College Heights Christian girls basketball team suffered a 54-37 setback to a solid Diamond squad on Friday night. 

“Diamond is an excellent team that has height, speed, and athleticism,”” College Heights coach John Blankenship said. “I have nothing but praise for Diamond. They are a dynamic team. They are well-coached, and it’s no wonder they are off to such a great start to their season with that many great athletes.” 

Diamond led 28-15 at halftime en route to the victory. 

“Grace Frazier and Lauren Turner are difficult to defend, but they demand your primary focus on defense,” Blankenship said. “However, they are a well-rounded team and have other scorers. We were 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the first half. It could have been much closer had we hit some of those 3-pointers.”

Blankenship noted his team continued to battle in the second half.  

“We made it a point to get the ball into the post in the third quarter and Libby Fanning responded with nine points in the third quarter,” Blankenship noted. “We also shot 4 for 8 from 3-point range in the second half.”

CHC’s Fanning recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Also for the Cougars, Maddy Colin scored five, Karly Dorris and Allie Stoute added three points and Ava Lett, Jesalin Bever, Kinley Marsh and Molly Long contributed two points apiece. 

College Heights (2-6) travels to Pierce City on Monday.

“They are 6-1, but I fully expect my girls to bounce back and play extremely well,” Blankenship said. “We will see a change in the style of our play moving forward that will benefit the team. I’m excited to see how they do on Monday.”

Diamond is now 8-1 on the season. The Wildcats host Liberal on Tuesday.



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