Jan. 17 High School Basketball Scores and Highlights

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Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

St. John Bosco (Calif.) 74, Prestonwood Christian (Texas) 53 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
         St. John Bosco out of Bellflower, California came in as arguably the second best team in the field, and proved that in their opening round contest. The Braves used their superior size and talent to down Prestonwood Christian out of Plano, Texas. UTEP commit Issac Hamilton led the way for Bosco scoring 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field. His little brother Daniel, the No. 26 prospect in the 2014 class, scored 11 points to go with his nine assists and six rebounds. Prestonwood Christian was without Julis Randle, No. 3 recruit in 2013, and Mickey Mitchell, No. 5 in class of 2015, who both suffered injuries in the Fall.The third quarter saw the Braves continue to impose their will on the undersized and overmatched Lions. UTEP commit Issac Hamilton scored seven points in the quarter to lead St. John Bosco. Prestonwood sorely misses its two injured stars. Bosco has controlled this one throughout. Isaac Hamilton leads all scorers with 11 points for Bosco. Teammate Tyler Dorsey has chipped in 10 for the Braves. The Lions have tried to slow the game down by stopping the ball. Prestonwood's final possession of the half chewed up the final 1:45 of clock time. Prestonwood was led in scoring by Evan Peters and his nine points.
        Virginia's Paul VI finished off the Hillcrest Hornets by a 20-point margin in the opening round of the Tournament of Champions thanks in large part to Franklin Howard's game-high 15-point performance. Quarter three saw another lopsided Paul VI advantage, as they outscored the Hornets 21-8. The Panthers continue to pound Hillcrest on the glass, and are shooting 60% from the field (21-35). Franklin Howard and Kevin Dorsey have 11 points each to lead the way. Thomas Whitaker came alive in the third, adding three more buckets to his game-high 12 points. Hillcrest came out firing, scoring the games first nine points. Paul VI responded with a 9-0 spurt of their own, and its been a back and forth contest since. The second quarter would see Panthers pick up their defensive pressure, as well as taking advantage of the smaller Hornets on the glass, opening a 20-10 rebounding advantage, en route to outscoring Hillcrest 20-9 in the quarter. Sophomores Franklin Howard and Kevin Dorsey led the way for Paul VI, scoring seven points each. Hillcrest was led by Thomas Whitaker's six points, all coming in the first quarter.

       The Eagles come away with a first round victory over Bullitt East, 62-53. Chan Hocklander led Nixa with 17 points, 11 of which came in the final quarter of play. Nixa starter Jalen Norman, who finished with 15 points, will be unavailable for the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury. Nixa battled back, extending a 23-22 halftime lead, to a 42-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagle's stars Jalen Norman and Austin Ruder have combined for 28 points on 9 for 17 shooting. Derek Willis has 10 points and six rebounds for the Chargers. After the first quarter, Bullit East leads Nixa 14-9. The Chargers came out hot, scoring seven of the games first nine points. Kentucky recruit Derek Willis leads the way with four points to go along with a pair of rebounds and a pair of assists. Jalen Norman had six points on for the Eagles.

        No. 1 ranked Monteverde claimed a four point lead over Little Rock Hall at the half, 24-20. Monteverde never looked back, defeating Little Rock Hall and advancing to the semifinals,  60-45.
           Alex Hall scored 17 second-half points and finished with a game-high 22 points to lead four Panthers in double figures as Drury rolled past Illinois-Springfield 90-70 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play Thursday night at the O'Reilly Family Event Center. Teddy Simniok hit 6 of 7 shots and finished with 15 points while Drake Patterson (5 of 7 from the field) had 13 points and Ian Carter finished with 12 for the Panthers, who improved to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the GLVC. Illinois-Springfield - which just a week ago, beat nationally 10th-ranked Southern Indiana - fell to 4-10 and 2-4. The Panthers led just 12-9 eight minutes into the game before a 17-4 run over the next five minutes gave DU a 29-13 lead on its way to a 35-21 advantage at the halftime break. Eight points from Patterson - including a pair of treys - and a Kameron Bundy 3-pointer keyed the surge. Drury then pushed the lead as high as 29 points (67-38) with 10:11 left on its way to a second straight victory. The Panthers are 8-1 at The O', where they've won 14 of their last 15 games. Drury matched a season high with  27 assists, led by seven from Brandon Lockhart and five by Ian Carter. Lockhart also had five of DU's 17 steals, which also equalled a season best. Drury shot 55 percent (34 of 62) from the field for the game, including 64 percent (21 of 33) in the second half. The Panthers also drained 13 3-pointers (in 27 attempts), including six treys from Hall, as he moved to 307 now for his DU career (second all-time, and now 44 behind leader Matt Miller). Brandon Snowden had 21 points to lead the Prairie Stars, who outrebounded the Panthers 35-28.

MidAmerica Nazarene 78, Evangel 64 FINAL
      MidAmerica Nazarene took over sole possession of first place in the Heart of America conference with a 78-64 win over Evangel at Bell Arena in Olathe, Kansas Thursday night. Evangel trailed by eight in the first half but clawed back within three in the closing moments of the half only to have Rustin Dowd connect on a three-pointer as time expired before halftime putting the Pioneers ahead 38-32. Dowd then picked up where he left off starting the second half scoring 10 points in a two minute, forty second span helping the Pioneers to a double-digit lead. The Crusaders fell behind by as much as 21 as MidAmerica Nazarene held them off to preserve the win. Dowd finished with a game high 21 points while the Pioneers went 8 for 13 on three-point attempts. Jayme Donnelly and Korry Tillery both had 16 points to lead Evangel. The loss snaps a five game winning streak for Evangel and drops the 11th ranked Crusaders to 13-5 and 6-2 in the Heart of America conference. 25th ranked MidAmerica Nazarene improved to 15-5 and 7-1 in the HAAC.

High School Regular season
Ava 57, Forsyth 50 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
       Forsyth falls to Ava at home, 57-50.

Carl Junction Tournament
Blue Springs 70, Carthage 55 FINAL
Seneca 56, Carl Junction 51 FINAL
         Blue Springs and Seneca both pick up wins in pool play of the Carl Junction Tournament.
Frontenac Tournament
Nevada 62, Frontenac 57 FINAL
       Nevada's Silas Smith poured 26 points of his own to knock off host Frontenac in the opening round, 62-57.

Liberal Tournament
Colgan (Kan.) 61, Wheaton 38 FINAL
Galena 42, Liberal 38 FINAL

Liberty Tournament
Kickapoo 61, Raytown 40 FINAL
       The Chiefs stomp Raytown in the Liberty Tournament, 61-40. Luke Thomas paved the way for Kickapoo netting 15 points, Jack Simpson and Chris Ward both chipped in with 10.

Mark Twain Conference Tournament
Everton 55, Niangua 45 FINAL

MV-BT/Liberty Tournament:
Thayer 64, Alton 63 FINAL
MV-BT/Liberty 63, Eminence 51 FINAL
       Thayer snuck by Alton with a one-point victory to send the Bobcats into the championship, 64-63. MV-BT/Liberty picked up a win over Eminence in the semifinals, 63-51. Thayer will face MV-BT/Liberty in the championship series Jan. 19 at 5:45 PM. Alton squares off with Eminence Jan. 19 at 4:15 PM for the bronze.

Ralph Miller Classic: Quarterfinals
Shawnee Heights (Kan.) 51, Joplin 39 FINAL
        Joplin loses their quarterfinal round to Shawnee Heights, 51-39.
Girls Basketball

Drury 55, Illinois-Springfield 39 FINAL
     Bethanie Funderburk scored 17 points to lead three Lady Panthers in double-figures as Drury picked up a 55-39 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory over Illinois-Springfield Thursday night at the O'Reilly Family Event Center. Katie Pritchard added 11 points and Kalea Parks had 10 points and six rebounds off the bench to lead the Lady Panthers, who improved to 8-6 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC with their first home league victory. Illinois-Springfield fell to 4-9, 1-4. Funderburk added a team-high eight rebounds - matching her season high - as Drury claimed a 46-26 domination on the boards, with Abby Bracker adding seven for a Lady Panthers team that won a game that statistically for either team, wasn't pretty. Drury committed 23 turnovers and had only 11 assists while shooting 38 percent for the game, including just 26 percent (6 of 23) in the second half. But the Prairie Stars made just 31 percent for the game (17 of 55), including just 8 of 30 (27 percent) in the second half. The teams combined to hit just 4 of 29 3-pointers, 2 of 13 for the Lady Panthers. Drury helped its cause with a 17-for-23 effort at the free-throw line. Parks was a definite bright spot, hitting 3 of 4 shots and 4 of 6 free throws to match her career high of 10 points, set against Lewis at The O' on January 3.

MidAmerica Nazarene 65, Evangel 50 FINAL
    10th ranked MidAmerica Nazarene won their seventh straight game with a 65-50 on Evangel at Bell Arena in Olathe, Kansas Thursday night. The Crusaders led for most of the first half and owned an 18-11 lead midway through the first half before the Pioneers went on an 18-4 run to go up 29-23 at halftime. Evangel guard Emily Akins led all scorers with 23 points.  Kelsey Balcom had 12 points to lead MidAmerica Nazarene. MidAmerica Nazarene owned a 43-34 rebound advantage and had 17 offensive rebounds. Evangel dropped their third straight and fell to 4-9 and 3-4 in the Heart of America conference. The Pioneers improved to 17-2 and 7-1 in the conference.

Georgia 57, Arkansas 53 FINAL
Sarah Watkins and Dominique Wilson scored in double figures for the University of Arkansas women's basketball team, but the Razorbacks fell in a close contest to No. 13/12 Georgia, 57-53. The Razorbacks (13-5, 1-4 SEC) took an 11 point lead into halftime, but were unable to close out the Lady Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 SEC) in the second half. The freshman Wilson tied her career high with 12 points, while the senior Watkins had a team high 14 points along with four blocks.  Georgia got out to the early advantage, but Wilson had the hot hand to put Arkansas into the lead. Wilson drained a three with the shot clock expiring, then knocked down a long two pointer on the next possession to put Arkansas up 8-5.  After Georgia answered, Wilson and Calli Berna hit threes to propel Arkansas on a 14-0 run to push the lead to 22-9. Wilson added another three to tie her career high with 12 points in the first period. The Razorbacks took a 30-19 lead into the locker room, spurred by exceptional defense. Arkansas held Georgia to just 25 percent shooting percentage in the first frame, had five steals, and forced six turnovers. Georgia got back into the game early in the second half with stronger shooting from the field. They came out of the locker room on a 20-8 run to take their first lead since early in the first at 39-38 with 9:17 remaining in the game. Watkins scored six consecutive points to help Arkansas retake the lead, and Quistelle Williams added a jumper to extend the advantage to 44-39. However, the Lady Bulldogs countered over the next three minutes, going on a 8-0 run to take a 47-44 lead into the final media timeout. Watkins hit a jumper to cut into the lead, and totaled eight of her 14 points in the second half. However, Georgia pulled away down the stretch, scoring at the free throw line and finishing off the four point victory. Arkansas finished with a slim 35-34 lead on the boards. The Razorbacks shot 41.2% from the field and had eight steals.
High School Regular season

Ozark 71, Willard 17 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
       Ozark crushed Willard with help from the duo of Hannah Cook and Haylee Beard, who finished with 16 and 15 points.

West Plains 59, Marshfield 47 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR STORY
        West Plains' used 29 points from Andi Haney to take home a 59-47 winner over Marshfield improving to 15-1 on the season. Lauren Aldridge knocked down 23 points in the Lady Jays' losing effort.

Fair Grove 71, Hollister 25 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
         Fair Grove was no match for Hollister, as the Lady Eagles rocked Hollister, 71-25.

Gainesville 56, Mansfield 31 FINAL
       Madison Strong's 26 points assisted Gainesville to victory over Mansfield Thursday night, 56-31.

Seymour 60, Norwood 24 FINAL
       Braythan Helms dropped 19 points in Seymour's big win over Norwood at home.

      The Lady Tigers remain undefeated after handing No. 3 Sullivan their first loss of the season, 50-39. Alice Heinzler shined for Republic, leading all scorers with 24 points.

Waynesville 67, Lebanon 46 FINAL
        Waynesville picked up a 21-point victory over Lebanon, 67-46. Kallie Bildner concluded with a game-high 16 points for the Lady Tigers.

Nevada 43, Joplin 21 FINAL

East Newton 52, Seneca 34 FINAL

Bolivar Tournament
Mount Vernon 53, Bolivar 48 FINAL  -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
      Mount Vernon completed the Bolivar Tournament with a fifth place finish thanks to Mackenzie Farmer and Audrey LaSalle leading the way with 20 points each. Shelby Roberts and Kaylie Rothdiener scored 13 apiece to lead the Lady Liberators.

Camdenton 81, Hillcrest 73 FINAL -  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
     Hillcrest led Camdenton by five after the first quarter, but  the Lady Lakers battled back to tie the game at 41 by halftime. Camdenton kept up their offensive drive to lead by four after the third period, and then closed out the tournament with third place, 81-73. Whitney Snow led Camdenton with a 31-point showing, while Hillcrest's Kelbi Painter and Kelsie Cleeton scored 21 and 19 respectively.

Branson 45, Ash Grove 44 FINAL
      The Lady Pirates edged by Ash Grove to clinch the gold in the Bolivar Tournament, 45-44. Moriah Dapprich contributed a game-high 17 points for Branson.
Galena Tournament
Sparta 63, Forsyth 45 FINAL
        The Lady Trojans come home with an 18-point victory in pool play of the Galena Tournament, 63-45.

Liberal Tournament
Liberal 32, Lockwood 29 FINAL
Colgan (Kan.) 46, Galena 43 FINAL

Marionville Tournament: Semifinals
Marionville 47, Springfield Central 17 FINAL
Pierce City 64, Pleasant Hope 52 FINAL
            The Lady Bulldogs lose big by a 30-point margin in the Marionville Tournament semifinals, 47-17. Pleasant Hope couldn't handle Krishna Merriman's 23-point outburst for Pierce City, as the Lady Pirates fall 64-52. Marionville and Pierce City move on to the championship Jan. 19 at 4:30 PM. Central will face-off with Pleasant Hope Jan. 19 at 3:00 PM for third place.

Mark Twain Conference Tournament
Chadwick 76, Everton 25 FINAL
       In pool play, Chadwick dominated Everton, 76-25.

Mountain Grove Tournament
Strafford 69, Dora 58 FINAL

Rogersville Tournament
Kickapoo 48, Fordland 24 FINAL
       Kickapoo doubled up Fordland in pool play, 48-24.

Southwest (Washburn) 60, Rogersville 52 FINAL
        The Lady Trojans collect their 16th win of the season after knocking off host Rogersville, 60-52.
Sedalia Tournament
Nixa 75, Southwest Early CCHS 18 FINAL
Parkview 47, Sedalia Smith-Cotton 34 FINAL

Stockton Tournament
Stockton 52, Purdy 34 FINAL
       Host Stockton defeated Purdy in pool play, 52-34. Jolene Shipps led the Lady Tigers with 11 points.

Thayer Tournament
Thayer 65, Mammoth Springs (Ark.) 41 FINAL
Willow Springs 48, Couch 18 FINAL
       Thayer advanced to their own championship after defeating Mammoth Springs, 65-41. Willow Springs dropped Couch in the semifinals by 30. Thayer and Willow Springs will contend for the title Jan. 18 at 8:30 PM, while Mammoth Springs will play Couch for third place Jan. 18 at 7:00 PM.



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