There are plenty of tournaments in mid-January. It's a good break from the conference opponents who you see 2-3 times a year. Some newly crowned tourney champs.....
....at Chester, Perryville (11-4) was led by Ross Molbenhauer who dropped in 27 , including four from beyond the arc, to lead his team to a 61-54 win over Saxony Lutheran(7-8).
....at CBC, the host Cadets(13-4) opend up a 10 point gap using their press in the first half but saw the Clayton Greyhounds(14-3) rally grab a 3rd quarter lead as Ahmad Smith (20 points) knocked down some 3-balls, raced through the defense for some twisting layups to bring back the Greyhounds. The Cadets regained the lead with a spread offense featuring their 1-2 punch of Seth Jackson(32 points) & Darion Rackley(28 points. CBC won 79-69 to capture their 2nd DC Wilcutt Championship in 4 years. Listen to the replay CBC vs Clayton Game for all the play-play.
..at S. Calloway, the Herman Girls(#2 ranked, class 2 team)romped past Harrisburg 83-52. Per usual standards, Shelby WInkelmann led the scoring parade with 38 points. Winkelmann was named the All-Star Trophy Player of the Month for December! Winkelmann leads the St. Louis area in scoring with a 28+ppg for the year. She was 2nd in the area in scoring and 4th as a Sophomore. Listen to her in action in the Prepcasts Shootout game vs St. Dominic on Hermann vs St Dominic
...at California Tourney, the Jefferson City Girls handed the Moberly Spartans their 1st loss of the season and the Lady Jays won 61-48. Moberly, ranked #2 in class 4, couldn't get their high powered offense untracked.
Some teams have "huge", not big but HUGE games on their schedule. One of those occurs annually deep in the Boot Heel when Scott County Central(Class 1 powerhouse) entertains the Charleston Bluejays(9-5). The house is packed, the play is rough, the points pile up, the pace of the game is torrid, the fans are always in a frenzy and the basketball is terrific. Last week, Scott County (12-2) whipped their long-time foes 90-71. The Braves missed 7 of their first 11 shots but found the range. One of the principal reasons was the hot shooting of Otto Porter who racked up a game high 32 points. Look for SCC down at STATE !
Want a rough road trip ? Blue Springs Girls Coach, Mark Spigarelli, schedule his #1 ranked, class 5 Lady Cats to play the defending Class 5 Girls team-IWA (the team that beat him last year in the Championship 52-43) on Friday and then bounce back the next afternoon to play the perinnial tough Angels of St. Joe. Well ... Coach got half a loaf this weekend. Blue Springs (13-2) edged the Red Knights(11-3) 43-42 on Friday as Cee Cee Burris scored 20. This was the 2nd consecutive loss for IWA-- this alone is an event that doesn't happen often to Coach Dan Rolfes. IWA lost to Webb City, another State contender in the Prepcasts Shootout the previous week. On Saturday, Blue Springs dropped a thrilling OT game to St. Joe(13-2) 71-69. With the Lady Cats determined not to let post player Sydney Stiponovich beat them as they fronted, played behind, double teamed, triple teamed and did whatever it took to stop her, the Angels had scoring from other sources. In fact three players scored 17 points-Sam Stirmlinger (Prepcasts POG), Erin Nelson and Maddie Stock and Morgan Stock had 16 as well. Burris had a huge 2nd half with 24 points. It was the sizzling FT shooting (27 of 29) that won this game for the Angels. Listen to both of these great games involving Blue Springs vs IWA and Blue Springs vs St Joe
Newest members of 1000 point Club..
....Jordynne Martin of Lafayette broke this barrier on Friday night as she rang the bell for 26 points in the Lancer(8-6) 54-49 victory over Marquette(9-5). Listen to replay of Marq-Lafayette
...Alexis Minner (Ritenour) recently achieved this same accomplishment. Leading the Huskies to a 7-6 mark in the very tough Suburban North, Minner holds an 18.6 ppg mark in 10-11.
Who else is is winning around the State ? Some are always in the headlines and others are just quietly racking up double figure wins....
.. at Rock Bridge both teams are on fire. The Boys (13-3) blasted KC Southwest this week 80-27. Karon Hayes led the Bruins with 19 points in this romp. On the Girls side, the Lady Bruins (10-3) of Jill Nagel also coasted in a 56-29 win over the Nixa Eagles. Jr. Lindsey Cunningham scored the first 11 points of the game and finished with 21 as coach Nagel "called off the dogs" early. Word has it that the Lady Bruins will be part of the Prepcasts Shootout IV next January ! This young, talented team has recent post-seaon experience and can't be overlooked in the Final Four discussion.
...sitting at 16-0, the McCluer North Stars of Randy Reed often go unnoticed. The North Stars are always well coached, athletic and disciplined. The playoff resume seems to get updated each year with one strong year after the other. BJ Young is popping in 31 ppg to lead the scoring. The Lady North Stars are 11-5 and looking forward to their game with top conference foe-Haz Cen.
...the Bayless Broncos (12-4) ranked #7 small school have seen all their losses come at the hands of much larger (usually class 5) schools. This should really benefit them at district and post-season time. Brothers , Enis Mehmedovic and Edin Mehmedovic, lead the scoring with15.2 and 16.8 ppg respectively. The Broncs have four players averaging double figures for the year. Listen the the Brocos in action LIVE on Tuesday (or on replay) as they face St. Marys on Bayless vs St. Marys
...Park Hill South (10-5) padded their rankings with a 50-49 win over Raytown South (10-4) recently. Either of these teams could move deep down the post-season road.
....In the Suburban West, Parkway South is 11-2 with tournament Championships at Parkway North and MICDS to their credit. Surprisingly to some, Oakville (8-5) upended the Patriots last Friday 41-36 and sit atop the conferene at 3-0!
.....who's 13-0 and no one knows? The Ladue Lady Rams, who's closest win was 8 points over Parkway North in mid-December, quietly keeping piling up the "W's". Taylor Robinson and Lauren Maclain, each holding a 14.0 ppg mark, are the #1-2 punch.
......Who has two players averaging over 20 ppg? The fast flying Clayton Greyhounds (Christian Thomas and Ahmad Smith) lead this 14-3 team. The game against Ladue on Feb 11 will be for all the Suburban East marbles.
....Due to distance (probably), the DeSoto Dragons are often missed until tourney time. Coach Allen Davis just knows how to win and this year's team is no exception. The 11-3 Dragons of Jefferson County have only tasted defeat from Haz Cen, Lindbergh and Farmington. Jared White is the feature scorer with over 21ppg.
...in the Four Rivers Conference, the New Haven Shamrocks (11-1) have won the Montgomery County and S.Calloway Tournaments this year. The Shamrocks do it on defense, they permit on 30 ppg ! In this run and gun era, that's incredible !
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