This week saw several upsets of ranked teams. It started last Tuesday at Whitfield in girls action. Ranked teams, you want ?
STATE Rankings for Boys Basketball - Feb 11
Girls STATE Basketball Rankings - Feb 11
Ladue was ranked in the top ten of Class 5 at the tip. The Warriors (11-7) came out sizzling as they drained several from beyond the arc against a surprised Ladue Ram team(20-1) to take a 21-7 first quarter lead. Stephanie Anderson's first nine points were all 3-balls. Score held in the same range through 3 quarters as Whitfield was up 40-24. In the final quarter, the Warriors played "keep away" until Anderson could get a good shot! It was a shocker--55-31 Whitfield!!
Another unbeaten team, the #3, class 4 Girls team, Mexico, visited Helias for a nonconference game. The Bulldogs shot 62% from the field but LOST ! Helias leaned on the 3-point shot thoughout the game and won on a last second shot by Deion Hughes. Final was 57-54- Helias. Remember our list of unbeaten teams last week...well, its two less now.
Equally stunning however was the win by Notre Dame de Sion. The Storm, traditionally a strong girls team, has a very respectable 12-4 record. However, no one expectecd them to knock off the Angels of St Joseph (21-3)on Friday night in KC. Ranked #3 in class 5, St Joe's took an 8 point lead midway 2nd quarter. Sion began chipping away and finally tied the game at 42 midway in the 4th. At that point, Sr. Alexandra Keane took over! Alexandra scored the last 9 points of the game as she used the spread offense to perfection. She finished with 21 points, including 4 from beyond the arc and led Sion to a 51-42 win over St. Joe's. Sydney Stiponovich had her usual double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for St. Joseph.
The #1 Class 5 Girls team was on the ropes at halftime. Trailing 37-28 to the #8 team, the Webb City Cardinals (20-2) caught fire and racd to 64-55 win in the Central Ozark Conference game.
The Leopold Wildcats(14-6) got revenge as they cut the State Ranked, Oak Ridge Bluejays(17-5) down. Using a huge 4th quarter Leopold outscored Oak Ridge 21-9 in the final quarter to avenge an earlier defeat by winning this one 59-51. Lance Seiler led all scorers with 24 for the Wildcats.
I don't know if its an upset but the Smithville Warriors had Cameron (20-2) taste defeat for the second time this year. Smithville is the #8, Class 4 team while Cameron is the #3, Class 3 team so maybe one would expect the bigger school to win. Maybe..maybe not..but Smithville is led by 6-8 (who averages 26ppg and 13 reb/game). Smithville won a nail-biter 42-41. Cameron's buzzer-beater attempt missed off the rim and sent Smithville home a winner.
other outstanding "big" men in missouri...
Another big man who hails out of Scott County Central is in the news. Otto Porter, the 6-9 forward, has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball all-star game on April 16 in Charlotte NC. The game will be on ESPN2 at 7:00pm.
What about Saturday's performance of Bradley Beal for a national audience. He popped in, stuffed through, long-ranged in 40 points for Chaminade as the Flyers handled McCluer North 76-58. Beal's uncanny long-range shots dazzled the LIVE crowd and, I'm sure many at home. The Flyers #1 ranking is easy to understand with Mr. Beal in charge.
.... in Four Rivers Girls Action, Union (13-8) tumbled Sullivan (14-5,#1 seed for District) 49-42 at Union. Kris Stevens led Union with 15 but it was the 10 of 11 from the line that won the game.
....Dexter(13-8) held off a furious Meadow Hts 4th quarter rally as they sent the #2, Class 2 team to defeat 58-54. Meadow Hts(16-3) used thier experience (along with forcign 13 turnovers and several 3 pointers) to put up a big 4th quarter (they outscored Dexter 26-16) but ran out of time.
IN the category of "that's a strange one"....
.....NE Nodaway had to go six overtimes to edge King City 100-93! King City kept the game going with several last-second shots. It all started when Ethan McMillen heaved in a shot from 3/4 court with just 0.9 seconds to send the game into OT for King City. That tied the game at 57.*Note the final score!! McMillen hit another extra long 3-ball to push the game into the 3rd OT. McMillen finished with five three's and 26 points. Drew Potter (King City) hit the tying 3 point shot in the 4th OT!! Foul trouble finally caught up to King City. A total of ten players fouled out, 93 free throws attempted, 7 players in double figures...Dalton Workman and Colby Widerholt led NE with 30 points each!! WOW, I get tired just writing about it. But....it sure must have been great to be there!!
....NEITHER TEAM SCORED IN THE LAST 2:52 MINUTES OF THE GAME!! Using a rare defensive tactic, Coach Ty Hames (Oak Grove) pulled out a 43-42 win over Grain Valley. When the Eagles got the ball with 13 seconds remaining trailing by one, their fans probably felt good. Well, Oak Grove had not one or two but FIVE fouls to give! Each time the ball was inbounded, a foul was taken until the the 6 second mark when a driving shot was blocked by 6-6 Jacob Eddy. The win was Oak Grove's first over Grain Valley since 2007.
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