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HOOPS ROUNDUP: Thomas Jefferson boys, girls beat Everton; Nevada splits with Pittsburg; McAuley squads fall

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Thomas Jefferson held a double-digit advantage over Everton in the first quarter and kept building on the lead before going on to win comfortably on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers improved to 1-5 with the win.

Thomas Jefferson led 18-6 after the first eight minutes and took a 32-14 lead into the intermission. The Cavaliers held Everton to single digits scoring again in the third quarter, doubling the Tigers up 19-8 to construct an insurmountable lead down the stretch.

Jack Twiss had 23 points, sinking five 3-pointers, to lead Thomas Jefferson, while Jackson Radius had 12 and Kohl Thurman with 10 to give Thomas Jefferson three players in double-figure scoring. Thurman also had 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Spencer Long added eight, with Jaxx Wisdom scoring six. 

Thomas Jefferson is at Miami (Amoret) on Friday.



Thomas Jefferson started fast and never looked back in a win over Everton on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers improved to 4-1 with the win.

Thomas Jefferson started the game with momentum, building an 11-point lead after the first eight minutes before taking a 44-11 advantage into the intermission. The Cavaliers never wavered down the stretch.

Gabbi Hiebert led Thomas Jefferson in scoring with 24 points, while Lannah Grigg was right behind with 20 in the win. Sarah Mueller closed with 13 to give TJ three players in double figures. Presley Long added seven. 

Everton’s Oliva Sartin had 16 to lead her team.

Thomas Jefferson is at Miami (Amoret) on Friday.



Pierce City led McAuley Catholic after the first quarter and held the Warriors to single-digit scoring in each of the remaining periods on the way to a win on Tuesday. 

Pierce City led 17-12 after the first eight minutes before taking a 30-14 lead into the intermission and grew the lead out in the second half. 

Quortin Parks had 20 points, with six 3-pointers, to lead Pierce City, while Emmitt Price had 11.

Bradley Wagner led McAuley with seven points, while Alex Bohachick finished with five in the loss. 

McAuley is at Lockwood on Thursday.



Kloee Williamson scored 23 points for McAuley Catholic in Tuesday’s loss to Pierce City.

McAuley (1-4) hosts Lockwood on Thursday.



PITTSBURG, Kan. — Visiting Nevada took control early in a non-conference matchup against Pittsburg.

The Tigers led 13-4 by the end of the opening frame and then held a 34-13 advantage at halftime.

Nevada held a 41-21 lead by the end of the third quarter en route to victory.

Nevada senior guard Clara Swearingen poured in 29 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead the Tigers (3-2). 

Lucy Swearingen added 16 points and knocked down four treys. Lakyn Applegate added six points on two 3-pointers.

Jacqueline Hall scored 11 points to lead Pittsburg.

Nevada is at Clinton on Thursday.



PITTSBURG, Kan. — Nevada boys basketball coach Shaun Gray called Tuesday’s blowout loss to Pittsburg a good learning experience for his squad.

“Someone said you’re either winning or you’re learning, tonight we are definitely learning,” Gray said. “Learning that we have a long way to go to be the best version of ourselves. This group has tremendous grit and leadership, and I have no doubt we will continue to grow from these tough losses together.” 

Up 20-11 at the end of the first quarter, Pittsburg outscored Nevada 25-5 in the game-changing second quarter. With that, the Dragons held a 45-16 lead at the break.

After a big third period, Pittsburg’s advantage was 73-29.

“Pittsburg is very athletic and did a great job of exposing our biggest deficiencies,” Gray said. “We have to be able to overcome cold shooting nights with improved shot selection, patience on offense, and with a commitment to battle on the glass. Tonight, Pittsburg was relentless running the floor in transition, and not only did we not get back defensively, but we did not communicate. And we took average to below average shots that helped to fuel their transition offense. 

“Additionally, they attacked the glass hard and we did not have five guys working to box out and clear the rebound. If we are going to win the rebounding battle it is going to have to be a whole team effort, 1-5 have to gang rebound together on every shot attempt.”

Pittsburg’s Mason English poured in a game-high 25 points.

“Anytime you face an elite player like Mason English, you have to do all the little things right to give yourself a chance,” Gray said. 

Two others reached double figures for the Dragons, as Nate Mitchell scored 17 and Joseph Hernandez added 10.

Jack Cheaney scored 14 points to lead Nevada, while Kellen Braden added seven.

Nevada meets Webb City at 6:30 on Thursday at the Carthage Invitational.

“We are excited to head to Carthage on Thursday for a fun and tough weekend of competition,” Gray said. 


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