Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 7:17PM

Dec. 18 High School Basketball Scores and Highlights

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High School Boy’s Basketball:

       The Hornets finish off Willard in a late 13-0 run to earn Hillcrest their fourth win of the season. Thomas Whitaker ended with 23
points for Hillcrest. The Tigers will play Carl Junction Dec. 21, while Hillcrest faces-off with Nixa Dec. 20.

       The battle between Parkview and Ozark came down to the final second of the game when Erik Durham was fouled with 0.9 seconds left trailing the Tigers 50-49. Durham nailed both free throws and solidified the win for the Vikings 51-50, as the clock ran out in the Tigers' last effort to regain the lead for the win. Durham led Parkview with 24 points to improve their undefeated season to 6-0. Ozark looks to play Camdenton Dec. 26 in the Blue and Gold. Parkview will meet Carthage on the road Dec. 20.

Lamar 64, Stockton 29 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR STORY
       The contest had the makings early on of being a close one as Lamar led 11-10 after one quarter.  But the Lamar zone defense started paying dividends thereafter by forcing Stockton away from the post. Lamar was up 31-17 at the half and 51-19 after three quarters, ensuring the final period would be played in turbo-clock. Sophomore guard Tripp Tucker was the high scorer for Lamar with 13 points, followed closely by senior forward Josh Garfield with 12.  Junior guard Ryan Pate, who had a career high 31 points in Stockton’s last game (a come-from-behind 55-45 win at El Dorado Springs), was held to just 7 points in this outing.

     The Eagles hand Kickapoo their second loss of the season, as Austin Ruder scores a game-high 20 points. The Chiefs will battle West Plains Dec. 21 in their first Ozark Conference game of the season. Nixa will play Hillcrest Dec. 20.

Greenwood 41, Walnut Grove 24 FINAL
        Riley Keith scored a game-high 16 points to lead Greenwood to victory over Walnut Grove.  The Blue Jays will face Purdy Dec. 20.

Monett 45, Reeds Spring 39 FINAL
The Cubs make a late fourth quarter run to reclaim the lead and take home a win over Reeds Spring, 45-39. Monett's Kyle Woods knocked down 12 points. Monett will travel to Nevada Dec. 20.

Alton 59,Thayer 47 FINAL
       Kalon Honeycutt finished with 20 in Alton's win on the road. Thayer's Levi Hargrove scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Clever 60, Sarcoxie 44 FINAL
       The Blue Jays remain undefeated thanks in large part to Dalton Fisher's 25 point performance. Clever will face Reeds Spring in the opening round of the Blue and Gold Tournament Dec. 26.

West Plains 77, Ava 67 FINAL       
       West Plains improves to 6-2 with the help of Taylor Gill netting 15 points for the Zizzers. Ava's Austin Gastineau dropped 30 despite the Bears 10 point loss.

Bolivar 68, Springfield Central 59 FINAL
        The Liberators found success in the second half to claim victory over the Bulldogs Tuesday night. Bolivar improves to 7-1 and will play Mansfield in the first round of the Blue and Gold Tournament Dec. 26. Central will contend in the Seymour Tournament Dec. 31.

Gainesville 75, Mountain Grove 41 FINAL
       Gainesville's duo of Josh Peter and Thomas Ritter both shined for the Bulldogs in their big win over Mountain Grove, as Peter scored a game-high 27 and Ritter added 23 points.

Eminence 65, MV-BT/Liberty 50 FINAL
       Hunter Adams led the Redwings to victory over Liberty at home with 18 points.

Aurora 67, Neosho 32 FINAL
       Aurora more than doubled up Neosho on the road. The Houn Dawgs will face-off against Republic in the Gold Division of the Blue and Gold Tournament Dec. 26.

Sparta 70, Galena 67 FINAL
       Galena falls short to Sparta regardless of Tyler Aschwege's 41 point outburst for the Bears. Robert May led the the Trojans with 25 points and Jacob Shipman chipped in with 14.
Ash Grove 61, Springfield Catholic 53 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
       Ash Grove's Cody Allhands poured a game-high 24 points on the Fighting Irish. The Pirates even their record to 4-4.

Billings 81, School of the Ozarks 24 FINAL
       Billings crushed School of the Ozarks by a margin of 57. The Wildcats will play next in the the Washburn Tournament Dec. 26.

Cassville 52, Fair Grove 51 FINAL
        Cassville inches by Fair Grove late in the fourth quarter, 52-51. The Eagles will look for revenge against Mount Vernon in the opening round of the Blue and Gold Dec. 26 after losing their first game of the season to the Mountaineers.

Spokane 53, Pleasant Hope 31 FINAL
        Spokane found success over Pleasant Hope Tuesday night to improve their record to 4-2. The Owls will face Forsyth Dec. 21 in a SWCL matchup.

Marionville 57, Verona 30 FINAL
        The Comets took home a big win over host Verona, 57-30. Marionville will meet Pleasant Hope Dec. 26.
Fordland 64, Blue Eye 46 FINAL

Crane 65, Purdy 49 FINAL
Hartville 72, Buffalo 63 FINAL

Norwood 48, Willow Springs 45 FINAL

McDonald County 40, East Newton 35 FINAL

Diamond 69, Southwest (Washburn) 58 FINAL

Everton 68, Humansville 56 FINAL
Webb City 66, Carl Junction 41 FINAL
Cabool 61, Mansfield 60 FINAL

Dora 56, Bakersfield 43 FINAL
Men’s College Basketball:
Alabama A&M 59, Missouri State 47 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR STORY
A slow start to the second half by Missouri State and solid inside play by Alabama A&M was the difference here Tuesday in AAMU's 59-47 victory over the visiting Bears (2-9). Marcus Marshall scored a game-high 16 points as the only MSU player in double figures. Alabama A&M got 16 points and 14 rebounds from Demarquelle Tabb, while Jeremy Crutcher scored 12, and Brandon Ellis added 10 points for the Bulldogs. After taking a 25-24 lead into halftime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Gavin Thurman, the Bears appeared to have momentum on their side. But after the intermission, the Bulldogs (3-6) made five of their first 11 shots on a 13-2 run in the first four minutes to sprint out to a 37-27 advantage.  The visitors would get no closer than eight the rest of the game, thanks in part to a 40-23 rebounding advantage by Alabama A&M and 24 Bulldog points in the paint. The Bears limited AAMU to 23 field goals and forced 8 turnovers, but were able to convert just 8 second-half field goals en route to a .333 shooting percentage over the game's final 20 minutes. After a put-back by Justan Banks at the 15:48 mark made it a 37-27 game, Missouri State came out of a timeout with a quick basket by Kirk to bring the MSU deficit back to single figures. But A&M responded with two quick layups of its own in less than minute to stretch the Bulldogs' lead to 12.  Later in the second half, Marcus Marshall started a mini-run by the Bears, and classmate Michael Simpson responded with a power layup to get it back to 41-33. But, the Bears would convert just one field goal over the next five minutes and trailed 50-37 with 7:38 to play. Later, Marcus Marshall dropped in five unanswered points to get the Bears back within eight at the 6:53 mark, including his second trey of the game. But Missouri State managed just one field goal -- a bucket by Downing at the 1:46 mark -- the rest of the game to fall by 12. The Bears' five freshmen in uniform accounted for 36 of their 47 points. For the game, MSU was 18-for-47 (.383) from the field and 3-of-10 (.300) from long range. The Bears, who dropped their seventh straight, were 8-for-12 (.667) at the line and collected 23 rebounds, including 6 by Downing, with just 3 turnovers as a team. The home club finished 23-for-57 (.404) from the field and 5-of-16 (.313) from 3-point range after a 4-for-5 start beyond the arc. AAMU was 8-for-10 (.800) at the line and secured 13 offensive boards, including 4 by Banks.


Western Washington 72, Drury 69 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR STORY
        A valiant effort to knock off the defending NCAA-II champions fell just short on Tuesday night, as 14th-ranked Drury dropped a 72-69 decision to No. 5 Western Washington in a battle of unbeatens in the South Point Casino Holiday Hoops Classic. Brandon Lockhart's challenged 3-pointer at the final buzzer to potentially tie it instead bounced away, sending Western Washington to 8-0 on the season and pushing its winning streak to 14 games over the past two seasons. Drury, which moved up five spots in the NABC Top 25 Coaches Poll earlier in the day to No. 14, fell to 7-1. Ian Carter scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Lockhart finished with 15 points and Alex Hall had 12 points to pace the Panthers, who led the game in its entirety for the first 25 minutes.  After Carter scored on a layup with 15:34, Drury held a 48-44 advantage. But the Vikings answered with an 8-0 run to go on top 52-48 with 12:42 left, and it was nip and tuck down the stretch from there, though the Panthers never regained the lead. When senior guard Paul Jones scored for the Vikings inside with 4:58 to go, Drury trailed 67-61, but answered with four points from Lockhart to pull within two when a momentum switch stung the Panthers. Sophomore forward Cameron Adams, off a nifty fast-break feed from Lockhart, slammed the ball through for a 67-all tie with 2:15 to go, but was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim, a call disputed by a DU bench that thought careening Adams did it to steady himself for safety reasons. Nevertheless, Jones hit two free throws to put the Vikings up 69-67 and squelch, temporarily, the DU rally.  Two free throws by Carter with 1:06 left pulled the Panthers back within one (70-69), and Drury got it back with 30 seconds remaining and a chance to take the lead after a defensive stop at the other end led to a shot-clock violation.  But Lockhart missed an open drive with 19.7 seconds left, WWU's Chris Mitchell grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws at the other end, setting the stage for DU's failed final 3-point try.
High School Girl’s Basketball:

West Plains 50, Branson 40 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR STORY
       Moriah Dapprich's 22 point showing wasn't enough for the Lady Pirates, as West Plains comes away with the 10 point win on the road. Andi Haney dropped 21 points for the Lady Zizzers. West Plains will play Ava on the road Dec. 20. Branson faces Parkview Dec. 26 in the Pink and White Tournament.

Morrisville 66, Fair Play 37 FINAL
       Morrisville improves to 9-0 on the season with a 66-37 victory over Fair Play. Kiley Painter led the way for the Lady Panthers with 18, and McKenzie Presley added 14 points.

Carthage 65, Monett 22 FINAL
Carthage pummels Monett 65-22, improving to 7-1. The Lady Cubs will look for their first win of the season in the opening round of the Walnut Grove Tournament against Chadwick Dec. 22. The Lady Tigers will meet Purdy in pool play of the Neosho Tournament Dec. 26.
Bolivar 42, Hollister 12 FINAL
      The Lady Liberators knocked off Hollister by 30 points Tuesday night. Bolivar will play in the Lebanon Tournament Dec. 27.

Everton 76, Humansville 15 FINAL

Seneca 42, St. Mary’s Colgan (Kan.) 38 FINAL

Webb City 67, Carl Junction 48 FINAL

Halfway 48, Climax Springs 44 FINAL

Buffalo 68, Conway 49 FINAL

Lamar 55, Rich Hill 47 FINAL
Women’s College Basketball:
Missouri 75, Morgan State 50 FINAL
        Junior Bri Kulas and sophomore Morgan Eye combined to score 34 points as the Mizzou women's basketball team used a dominating second half performance to pull away from Morgan State, 75-50, on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers led by just five at halftime, but used an 11-0 run to open the second half to pull away. Mizzou improves to 10-2 on the season with the win. Aside from Kulas, who had 16 points in the win, the Tigers did what they do best on Tuesday: shoot the three-pointer. In fact, Mizzou buried a season-best 14 three-pointers as it marks the sixth straight game that the Tigers have made at least 10 3-pointers. In that span, Mizzou has been averaging 39 points per game from distance. It was Eye that led the way for the Tigers from distance as she went 6-of-14, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Defending SEC Freshman of the Week Maddie Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) nearly hit double-figures for the third straight game as she had nine points, all on 3-pointers as she finished 3-of-6 from deep in the win. 11 different Tigers scored while Kyley Simmons (Council Bluffs, Iowa), who made her second straight start, tallied eight points and six assists in the win. Kulas finished with game with 10 boards to go along with her 16 points, earning her second double-double of the season. She led a torrid rebounding pace in the second half as Mizzou out-rebounded the Lady Bears, 29-15, in the second half. Liz Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) finished with nine boards in the game. The Tigers held MSU to 26.7-percent shooting in the game, its second-best defensive effort of the season.



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