Prepcast Flash for March 12: Missouri state b-ball finals -

Prepcast Flash for March 12: Missouri state b-ball finals


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SIX Championship Crowns were earned this past weekend....let's take a look at not just the scores but some thoughts about each class.

Class 3 Boys..

Clearly, the most athletic, best team of this classification was Madison Prep (31-2)coached by Tony Irons. Yes...they were the best athletes but also demonstrated other great qualities. They kept their poise when the tide was running against them, shared the ball, stayed disciplined throughout and took good shots-- they did play like champions. They beat a fiesty, underrated ST Pius team(23-7) that just couldn't play 4 quarters with the Bears. It was still 41-35 after 3 quarters but Madison put it away with a 22-10 run in the 4th. Talk about a team effort--Madison finished with all five of their starters in double figures and no one higher than 15 points. Madison crushed Lutheran North in the semis 69-43 while St Pius had upset the Fatima Comets (28-2) 58-46.

Class 3 Girls...

Lutheran-St Charles used their speed and quickness throughout the entire game against Cameron. Usually, when you hear that statement, you think press (little of that) and transition baskets (just a few). The Lady Cougars used their advantage by dribble driving to the basket with their superior quickness from start to end. Luth-SC won the high scoring title game 80-68! Man...that's some points! The Cougars drives to the basket resulted in a ton of FT for them- they were 32 of 44 from the line! Hannah Leppein had a career day with 25 points as she was one of 4 Cougars in double figures. Cameron Lady Dragons were led by a 1-2 punch of Ashli Lykins (26) and Melia Richardson(24). The Cougars were able to hold off a N.Tech late rally to edge the Golden Eagles 65-61 in the semis and Cameron used their strength and height to outlast the St James Tigers 68-53 in their semifinal win.

Class 2 Boys....

The Salisbury Panters (30-1) had control from start to end against the previously unbeaten W.Platte Bluejays. The Bluejays were missing their leading scorer, Adam Roe, who suffered a knee injury very late in the semifinal win over Iberia. Salisbury, who's starting lineup ranged between 6-2 and 6-5 used their height that played an effective zone and the guard play of Austin Wyatt to win easily 70-46--and the game wasn't really THAT was 51-25 after 3 quarters. Salisbury had a real tussle until the last 3 minutes of the game in downing Oran 81-65 in the semis and W.Platt's 57-48 win over Iberia was also much closer than the final score. Last minute free throw shooting and missed "long ones" tilted the score to appear that the Bluejays had an easy one..they did not.

Class 2 Girls....

The Crane Pirates (30-3) and the New Haven Shamrocks were locked in a real, tight battle for most of the game. AT the 6:05 mark of the 4th quarter, it was still a 2 point game at 42-40-Pirates. Over the next 4:44 of play, Crane outscored the Shamrocks 10-2 and pulled away to a 52-42 lead. For the 2nd straight year, the valiant efforts of Shamrock star-Rachel Steinhoff wasn't quite enough to win the big hardware on the big stage. The difference in this one was that the Pirates only had 6 turnovers as compared the New Haven's 16. That led to a shot advantage of 47 shots for Crane from the field and only 29 attempted shots for the Shamrocks. Hard to win with only 29 field goal attempts. Both teams won easily in the Thursday semis--New Haven 49 Marceline 33 while Crane won 70-51 over Skyline.

Class 1 Boys....

What no Scott County did seem strange not seeing the Braves race up and down the court since they had been there 4 straight years. The Eminence Redwings hung on to edge the Stanberry Bulldogs 62-60. The Redwings jumped out to a quick lead, maintaned a single digit lead most of 1st half. Early in the 3rd quarter it was a 7 point lead, then the Bulldogs began chipping away. They tied the game at 51-51 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. From then on, it stayed very tight until the final buzzer. Eminence had surprised most observers with their 65-64 win over a very strong Drexel team(29-2). The Redwings won this semifinal on a 3-point basket with 5 seconds left in the game on a shot by Jesse Lacey. Stanberry had outlasted Meadville 51-47 in the other semifinal.

Class 1 Girls....

The last game of the night was worth the wait. The Walnut Grove Lady Tigers ,who had lost last years title game in the waning seconds of the game, won the game with a converted free throw with 1.1 seconds left on the clock over Chamois 47-46. The FT was drained by Heather Harmon who drew the foul on a strong dribble move to the basket. This game was NEVER more than 4 points apart at ANY part of the 2nd half!

Harmon scored 20 points while Miranda Brandt dropped in 31 for Chamois-a tremendous head-head battle. Only 11 players saw action in this exciting game!

While being tired on the way back home, ya have to love the support of the communites for this weekend. I don'd know the numbers but it seemed to me to be "overall" the largest crowds all day long that I can recall at Mizzou Arena. The fans were loud, positive and provided a great atmosphere for the students enjoying this life-time memory. For me... all I lost was my voice...hopefully, I'll find it soon. Back at it again next weekend for class 4-5...

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