Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:27AM

Iberia ends Dora's season

Junior guard Darrien Dickey scored a game-high 27 points to help lead Iberia to an 80-58 win over Dora in a Class 2 sectional game on Wednesday at Lebanon.


The win sets up a coaching showdown between Iberia head coach Steve Scholfield and Pierce City head coach Matt Street. Scholfield coached Street when he was a player and Scholfield a head coach at Crocker High School. Pierce City posted a 37-35 win over Crane in its Class 2 sectional game.

The two teams will square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield.
One year after going 16-10 and just three years removed from a 9-15 season, the Rangers are 26-3, ranked, and will play Pierce City (19-10) for the right to go to the second semifinal in the school's history. Iberia last went to the Final Four in boys' basketball in 1968.

"It is something that I have always dreamed about since I was little," Dickey said. "Coming from a team where the last couple of years we weren't very good, we worked hard in the summer and offseason. We have tried every practice to get better and we couldn't do it without the coaches and the guys.

"I don't think anybody expected it, really. (But), we got a 6-9 kid coming out of junior high and he is a big help."

Dexter Frisbie, a 6-foot-9 freshman, added 17 points for Iberia on Wednesday and made it difficult for Dora to score points around the basket. Iberia also won the rebounding battle on Wednesday against Dora, coming up with a host of second-chance points.

"We've got a 6-foot-9 guy (Frisbie) in the middle and we try to send opponents there," Iberia head coach Steve Scholfield said. "We rebound the ball well, have size and we share the ball really well."

On Wednesday, the Rangers also got four 3-pointers and 14 points from 6-foot-2 senior guard Issac Minnick. Seniors Fabien Juliano added six points and Ryan Voss added two, and the Rangers got eight points from sophomore Dustin Bloodgood and three from junior guard Tyler Slawson off the bench.

"Depth is definitely one of our strengths," Scholfield said. "Our main two (substitutes) I think can start for most, if not all, of the teams in the Frisco League."

Iberia and Dora were tied at 17-17 after the end of the first quarter, and Dora even held a brief 22-19 lead early in the second quarter after a 3-pointer from junior guard Gavin Haney. But Iberia ended the first half on a 14-0 run as the Rangers held Dora scoreless for the final five minutes of play to build a 38-26 halftime lead.

"We got down, but we got right back up and battled back," Scholfield said. "And when we got the lead, we hung on to it the rest of the night."

Dickey, a 6-foot-1 junior, scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half and helped fuel a big third quarter by Iberia. Dickey scored 12 points in the third and threw down a pair of two-handed dunks in transition.

Dora (23-6) was making its first appearance in the playoffs in school history after capturing its first district title in school history on Saturday. Dora won all three of its district games by a comfortable margin as they defeated Norwood in its opener by 26 points, Mansfield in the semifinals by 21 and Gainesville in the championship, 63-46.

On Wednesday, the Falcons got 19 points from sophomore Treysen Hambelton, 14 from junior Gavin Haney and 13 from senior Dustin Johnson.
Missouri Class 2 sectional
on Wednesday, at Lebanon

Dora 17  9  18  14 — 58
Iberia 17  21  27  15 — 80

Dora — Treysen Hambelton 19, Tommy McKee 5, Gavin Haney 14, Kamryn Johnson 7, Dustin Johnson 13.

Iberia — Dexter Frisbie 17, Darrien Dickey 27, Issac Minnick 14, Dustin Bloodgood 8, Fabien Juliano 6, Colby Jones 2, Ryan Voss 2, Tyler Slawson 3.

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