Class 4 Boys
Normandy 74, Sikeston 72 F/OT
In a sloppy game highlighted by 44 turnovers, Normandy was able to outshoot Sikeston in overtime behind Terry White's team-high 19 points. The Vikings, who shot just 16-of-29 from the foul line. The Bulldogs, who received a game-high 21 points from Vashawn Ruffin, shot just 36% from the field. Kevin McLemore, younger brother of KU's Ben McLemore, also added 16 points before fouling out for the Vikings.
Republic 39, Liberty North 38 FINAL - CLICK FOR PHOTOS - CLICK FOR GAME STORY
Like the entire game, the fourth and decisive quarter was a back and forth affair, that saw Liberty North hold the lead for the majority of the quarter. However with just under ten seconds left Marcus Miller would clean up his own missing, lifting the Tigers into the Class 4 title game following a desperation heave by the Eagles. Republic will play an uptempo Normandy team in Saturday's Class 4 championship at 3 p.m..
Liberty North started the quarter on a 15-2 run, taking a lead 34-28 lead early before ending the quarter with a 36-32 advantage. The pace picked up early, favoring Liberty North who hit a trio of triples in the quarter. Republic has to get Cody Geiger more involved if they want to play for the Class 4 crown.
The Tigers continue to pick apart the smaller Eagles inside. Cody Geiger and Marcus Miller have scored six points each to lead Republic. Liberty North is starting to collapse on post entries, so it will be important for Republic's guards to knock down shots in the second half. The Eagles' Zach Starr also has six points.
A battle of two half court teams coming in was just that in the opening quarter. Republic used its size inside early, going to 6-foot-7 senior Marcus Miller who scored four points in the first. The pace favors the bigger Tigers, especially if they continue to take care of the ball. However, juniors Cody Geiger and Dylan Bekemier have to get going at some point for Republic.
Class 4 Girls
Incarnate Word 66, Dexter 25 FINAL
The Red Knights showed just why they are the No. 12 team in the nation according to USA Today, routing Dexter to move on to Saturday's Class 4 title game. Incarnate Word scored 21 of the the game's first 23 points, leading to a 37-10 lead at the break. IWA is unbeaten on the season, including a 17-point win over Class 5 semifinalist and defending state champion Columbia Rock Bridge.
Webb City 54, Smithville 53 FINALFourth Quarter
Burgess goes off for eight of the Lady Cardinals 15 points in the decisive quarter, finishing with a game-high 23 to lead Webb City to the 'ship. The Lady Cardinals, who dropped down from Class 5 this season, will be playing in their third straight title game at Class 4. Burgess also made the defensive play of the game, stripping a Smithville player of the ball as time expired. Webb will take on Incarnate Word Saturday at 4:50 p.m.
The Lady Warriors were able to get the tempo to more of their liking, slowing the game down and pulling the Lady Cards into a halfcourt contest. Smithville's flex offense if tough to defend and has gotten the Lady Warriors back in the game. Webb City scored just six points in the third quarter. WC leads 39-37.
Webb City continues to operate efficiently of the offensive end, scoring or getting to the line at will against the smaller Warriors. Mikaela Burgess is getting buckets, putting in 15 first half points, including a late triple to end the first half. Desirea Buerge and Casey Heger are owning the paint, helping to make things difficult on both ends of the court for Smithville. WC leads 33-26.First Quarter
So far, so good for the Lady Cardinals in the first quarter. Webb City junior Mikaela Burgess, who came in averaging 16 a night, scored seven points in the opening quarter for Brad Shorter's squad. The Lady Warriors, who are the two-time Class 4 runner-ups, struggled to stop the Lady Cardinals offensive attack in the first. WC leads 15-10.