Junior guard Kye Denker canned a 15-footer around the free throw line with :02 remaining to allow the Warrensburg Tigers to come from behind and clip the Rogers Mounties. Rogers had a six-point lead at the 1:49 mark of the fourth quarter when senior guard Keifer Holt drained a trey. However, Warrensburg reeled off seven unanswered points in the final 1:35 to rally. Denker hit a three-pointer with 1:35 left and junior guard Dakota Jones brought the Tigers within one with a 15-foot pull-up jumper at the 1:01 mark.
Denker had 24 points, Jones 16 and senior guard Dalton Thompson 15 for Warrensburg. Junior Hunter Hill scored 16 points for Rogers.
Waynesville 61, F.H. Central 47
Trailing 21-15 at halftime, 6-7 junior guard Kellieon Williams – who joined the team at semester – poured in 16 points in the second half to power the defending champion Waynesville Tigers. Williams netted 12 of his points in the third period as the Tigers wiped out a seven-point deficit. His 12-foot jumper with 2:24 left in the period gave Waynesville the lead for good, 33-31. A 10-3 run to start the fourth quarter gave Waynesville an 11-point lead, as Williams blocked a shot and fired the outlet pass that led to senior Ethan Howser’s fast-break layup to make it 47-36. The Tigers would go on to pad their lead to as much as 17 points.
Williams finished with 20 points while Howser added 14 and senior guard D.J. Hargrow 13. Senior guard Ryan Howard and senior forward Derrick Puni each netted 12 for the Francis Howell Central Spartans.
Rolla 73, Fulton 46
Still smarting from having their three-game winning streak snapped the night before, the RHS Bulldogs reeled off 46 points in the first half and went on to pummel the Fulton Hornets. Rolla jumped out to a 24-9 advantage after the first period and was in control the rest of the way, using its bench liberally the final three quarters. A fast-break layup by junior guard Hunter Short with 1:49 remaining in the first half gave the Bulldogs a 41-21 bulge. Short’s two free throws ended the first-half scoring and sent Rolla into intermission with the score doubled, 46-23.
Rolla would lead by at least 15 throughout the second half, and pulled out to as much as a 28-point advantage late.
Eleven players scored for RHS, led by junior forward Aaron Froehlich and sophomore forward Caleb Copeland with 12 points each. Senior forward Dylan Cox had nine rebounds, senior forward Michael Janke and junior forward Parker Nesbitt seven boards each and Copeland blocked three shots for RHS. Junior forward Dalton Horstmeier led Fulton with 15 points.
Festus 68, Benton 47
The Festus Tigers wasted little time taking over, pulling out to a 22-10 lead after the first period and then outscoring the Benton Cardinals 15-9 in the second quarter to head into intermission up 37-19. It was 54-31 entering the fourth period.
Senior guard Ali Abbas had 17 points and sophomore forward Robert Brewer added 15 for Festus. Senior guard Cody Leslie had 13 points for Benton.
Waynesville 49, Rolla 30
After Rolla scored the game’s opening field goal the Waynesville Lady Tigers reeled off the next 11 points and was in control the rest of the way. A driving layup by freshman forward Kallie Bildner at the :41 mark of the first period gave Waynesville a 13-3 lead. Rolla would close to within six points with a three-pointer by junior guard Shannon McCaul at the 4:28 mark of the second period. However, the Lady Tigers ended the first half with a 11-3 run. And a pair of free throws by Bildner with :20 left gave Waynesville a 28-14 halftime edge.
The Waynesville lead with stretch to as much as 23 points in the third period and 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Bildner paced Waynesville with 22 points. Junior forward Gabe Otte had seven to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who shot just 18 percent from the field.
Hickman 57, St. Clair 13
It was no match from the start, as the Hickman Lady Kewpies surged to a 20-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and was up 34-8 at halftime. A 20-1 third quarter put Hickman up 54-9 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore forward Emily Miller had 14 points and senior guard Jade Holly 13 for Hickman.
Sedalia 44, Newburg 25
The Newburg Lady Wolves simply couldn’t generate enough offense to hang with the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers. Sedalia led 12-6 after the first period and then outscored Newburg 13-3 in the second period to take a 25-9 halftime edge. It was 34-15 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Austin led Newburg with 13 points. Senior guard Jacqueline Greer tallied 16 for Sedalia.
Houston 49, Warrensburg 39
A big second half allowed Houston to hold off Warrensburg. Houston took a 15-8 lead after one period only to watch Warrensburg rally for a 22-12 halftime edge. Houston outscored Warrensburg 14-5 in the third period and 14-12 in the fourth quarter.
Senior Alexa Ichord had 20 points and sophomore guard Kylee Elmore 13 for Houston. Junior forward Bekka Strahle had 14 points and senior guard Taylor Geis 12 for Warrensburg.
Waynesville 61, F.H. Central 47
Waynesville (7-5): Hargrow 4-4-13, Howser 5-0-14, Williams 10-0-20, Armstrong 1-2-4, Morgan 3-4-10, Totals 13-10-61.
F.H. Central (3-7): Hayden 2-2-6, Howard 4-0-12, Curry 4-0-9, Tipton 3-2-8, Puni 5-2-12.