WEBB CITY BOYS WILL PLAY FOR TOURNEY TITLE
FRONTENAC, Kan. — For the fourth straight season, the Webb City Cardinals will play for a tournament championship in Frontenac.
Webb City knocked off Christian Heritage Academy 81-62 on Friday night in a semifinal contest of the Four State Raider Classic at Frontenac High School.
Webb City will meet Life Prep Academy at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the invite’s championship game.
Ranked eighth in Class 5 by the MBCA, Webb City improved to 11-4.
Cohl Vaden led the Cardinals with 18 points and eight assists, while Trey Roets contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. Kaden Turner also reached double figures with 14 points.
Dante Washington and Barron Duda scored nine points apiece, while Max Higginbotham had eight points and Dupree Jackson added five.
The Cardinals, who never trailed, made 30-of-51 field goal attempts (59 percent), including 12-of-22 from long distance.
Oklahoma-based Christian Heritage Academy fell to 6-8. Heritage was held to 39 percent shooting (21-of-53).
Ranly Huff and Noah Rindermann scored 23 points apiece for Heritage.
In the first-ever meeting between the schools, Webb City built a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter at 23-13.
The Cardinals were up 43-32 at halftime, but they extended their advantage to 70-52 by the end of the third quarter.
Life Prep defeated Frontenac 76-64 in the other semifinal.
In other action at the tournament, Nevada’s boys suffered a 46-42 loss to Providence Academy. The Tigers will play Owensville at 1 on Saturday for seventh place.
NEOSHO BOYS ROLL AT FORSYTH
FORSYTH, Mo. — Neosho built a 21-point advantage by the intermission en route to a lopsided 74-46 win over Forsyth on Friday in a non-conference boys basketball clash.
“I’m proud of all the kids’ effort,” Neosho coach Zane Culp said. “It was a great team road win. I’m really proud of Michael Day and Carter Baslee stepping in and playing huge minutes with Carter Fenske being out.”
K’dyn Waters led the Wildcats with 21 points, while Day had 12 points and Baslee added 11 points. Day made four 3-pointers. Brock Franklin, Isaiah Green and Kael Smith all contributed nine points apiece for Neosho.
Ryder Blevins scored 13 points for Forsyth.
The Wildcats took control early.
Neosho took an 18-6 lead after Franklin’s 3-pointer and Smith’s hoop and free throw. The Wildcats led 18-9 at the end of the opening quarter.
Waters threw down a dunk in transition and then hit a corner trey to extend Neosho’s lead to 43-20 in the second quarter.
By the break, Neosho was up 46-25.
The Wildcats took a commanding 61-34 advantage into the fourth period.
Receiving votes in the MBCA’s Class 5 poll, Neosho (13-5) hosts Lamar on Tuesday.
COLLEGE HEIGHTS ADVANCES TO LANCER CLASSIC TITLE GAME; MCAULEY FALLS SHORT VS. BAXTER SPRINGS
CHEROKEE, Kan. — College Heights Christian’s boys basketball team will play in the championship game of the Lancer Classic.
College Heights claimed a convincing 61-36 win over host Southeast in the semifinals of the tourney on Friday night.
College Heights led 26-19 at halftime. The Cougars outscored the Lancers 35-17 in the second half.
The Cougars (12-2) will meet Columbus at 7:30 on Saturday night in the invite’s championship game. Columbus beat Erie 47-43.
In a Lancer Classic consolation semifinal, Baxter Springs defeated McAuley Catholic’s boys 60-24.
The Lions held a 15-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and continued to pull away.
Baxter Springs led 34-12 at the half and the Lions were up comfortably 50-20 at the end of the third period.
Michael Parrigon, Jeffery Horinek and Noah Black scored six points apiece for the Warriors.
Kaden Niday scored 23 points for Baxter Springs, while Weston Shafer added 11 points.
McAuley (3-12) meets Riverton at 2:30 on Saturday for seventh-place. Baxter Springs plays Parsons for fifth-place at 1 on Saturday.
FANNING LEADS COLLEGE HEIGHTS GIRLS TO HOME WIN
Libby Fanning’s double-double led the College Heights Christian girls basketball team to a 57-43 win over Lockwood on Friday night.
A freshman, Fanning recorded 21 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Cougars, who improved to 6-5.
“We had a great team effort tonight, but obviously, Libby’s 21 points and 19 rebounds was key for us,” College Heights coach John Blankenship said.
Also for CHC, Jayli Johnson compiled 13 points, five assists and three steals, Lauren Ukena had eight points, five steals and four assists, while Molly Long chipped in 10 rebounds, five points and three assists.
In a regular-season make-up game, College Heights took control in the second quarter. Up 14-13, the Cougars outscored the Tigers 20-5 in the game-changing second period.
“We really picked up our defensive intensity in the second quarter,” Blankenship said. “Our ball pressure was great, which allowed us to jump the passing lanes for several steals which led to easy transition points. Our offensive execution was excellent, especially in the second quarter.”
The hosts led 51-29 entering the fourth quarter en route to victory.
The Cougars (6-5) will conclude play at the Lancer Classic at 11:30 on Saturday against Riverton in the invite’s fifth-place game.
TJ GIRLS FALL SHORT VS. BRONAUGH
LIBERAL, Mo. — Bronaugh defeated Thomas Jefferson’s girls 51-35 on Friday at the Tony Dubray Classic.
Tannah Cassatt and Alivia Beard scored 10 points apiece to lead the Cavaliers. Lannah Grigg added eight points and Gabbi Hiebert contributed seven points for TJ.
Nicole Hagerman scored 25 points for Bronaugh.
The game was deadlocked at the end of the first quarter, 10-10.
Up four at the break, the Wildcats pulled away in the third quarter at 33-22.
Bronaugh outscored Thomas Jefferson 18-13 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
The Cavaliers host Sheldon on Monday.
THURSDAY’S LATE RESULTS
WEBB CITY GIRLS FALL TO TOURNEY HOSTS
ROGERSVILLE, Mo. — Webb City’s girls basketball team suffered a 64-49 setback to tourney host Rogersville on Thursday night at the Lady Wildcat Classic.
Kate Brownfield scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while Gracie Kirby had 18 points for the Wildcats.
Webb City will meet COC rival Branson at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the seventh-place game.
THOMAS JEFFERSON BOYS SUFFER LOSS IN LIBERAL
LIBERAL, Mo. — St. Mary’s Colgan defeated Thomas Jefferson 57-36 on Thursday night in a boys semifinal of the Tony Dubray Classic.
Jay Ball scored 10 points for the Cavaliers, while Drew Goodhope added eight.
In the other semifinal, Galena beat Liberal 58-32.
Thomas Jefferson will meet Liberal for third-place at 3:30 on Saturday, while Colgan and Galena will meet for the championship at 6:30 on Saturday.