Several area high school basketball teams are participating in holiday tournaments this week. Here is rundown of some of the tournaments.
Lebanon Holiday Tournament
Crocker 54, Lebanon 38
The Crocker Lady Lions jumped out to a 29-16 halftime lead and bounced past Lebanon 54-38 in other first-round action at the Lebanon Tournament.
Crocker (6-1) advances to play second-seeded Rolla at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Richland Holiday Tournament
Richland 82,?Laquey 66
The Richland Bears continued their dominance this season against the Laquey Hornets.
Richland’s Pat Posten scored a game-high 22 points to help Richland defeat Laquey 82-66 last night in first-round action of the Richland Holiday Tournament.
Richland also defeated Laquey in the Frisco League Tournament, and two weeks ago in a regular season matchup.
Junior Jake Shelton was also in double figures for Richland with 18 points. Senior guard Garrett Horton had 12 points.
Laquey had three players in double figures led by sophomore guard Brendan Bowling who had 18 points.?Senior guard Brandon Click had 16 points while senior forward Thomas Bergeron had 12 points.
Newburg 79, Crocker 27
The second-seeded Newburg High School boys’ basketball team had no problems with seventh-seeded Crocker on Tuesday, hammering the Lions 79-27 in the first round of the Richland Holiday Tournament.
Newburg, now 5-3, is scheduled to meet third-seeded Richland at 7:30 p.m. tonight in semifinal action. Richland knocked off sixth-seeded Laquey 82-66 in first-round action Tuesday.
A pressing defense created numerous Crocker turnovers and helped the Newburg Wolves build a 31-5 lead after the first period. Newburg was in control the rest of the way, leading 47-17 at halftime and 70-25 entering the fourth period.
Other scores from the Richland Tournament included Eugene 72, Belle 43; Iberia 82, Bourbon 76. No other details were available for these two games.
Today’s schedule at the Richland Tournament is as follows: Belle vs Bourbon 3 p.m., Crocker vs. Laquey 4:30 p.m., Eugene vs. Iberia 6 p.m. and Richland vs. Newburg 7:30 p.m.
Winona 58, Plato 44
Plato’s comeback effort came up a little short last night. The Eagles trailed 27-11 at halftime before cutting the lead to five. But Winona pulled away in the second half for a 58-44 victory in the consolation round of the Cabool Tournament.
Winona hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away in the final minutes.
Junior Aaron Hall led Plato with 10 points. Senior center Caleb Cantrell also had 10 points for Plato which drops to 5-3 with the loss.