The top-seeded Iberia and second-seeded Licking high school boys’ basketball teams moved into the championship game of the weather-delayed Frisco League Tournament by posting semifinal victories on Wednesday.
On Wednesday Iberia got past fourth-seeded Newburg 68-51 while Licking knocked off sixth-seeded Crocker 71-52 in the boys’ semifinal games.
Also played on Wednesday, in boys’ consolation play fifth-seeded Richland beat eighth-seeded Stoutland 51-44 and in the girls’ third-place game fifth-seeded Laquey got past third-seeded Dixon 38-33.
The next batch of rescheduled Frisco League Tournament games are set for Jan. 2, with the schedule to be confirmed later.
In Wednesday’s games:
Iberia 68, Newburg 51: The Iberia Rangers took a 10-point lead after the first period and were able to hold off a strong offensive game by Newburg sophomore guard Ryan Ward the rest of the way.
Iberia, now 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Missouri Class 2 state poll, led 22-12 after the first period and upped its advantage to 41-27 by halftime. The Rangers led 53-39 heading into the fourth period.
Four Rangers scored in double figures, as 6-3 junior Dustin Bloodgood had 17 points, 5-10 sophomore Dexter Frisbie 15 points, 6-2 senior Darrien Dickey 14 points and 6-6 sophomore Riley Halley 13.
Ward erupted for 27 points to lead the Wolves while sophomore guard Dustin Reagan added 12 points.
Iberia (68): Juliano 2-0-4, Dickey 6-1-14, Slawson 1-0-2, Dustin Bloodgood 6-2-17, Jones 1-1-3, Halley 5-3-13, Frisbie 7-1-15, Totals 28-8-68.
Newburg (51): Bales 3-0-6, Reagan 4-2-12, Black 1-0-2, Ward 9-8-27, Wofford 0-1-1, McCray 1-0-3, Totals 18-11-51.
Licking 71, Crocker 52: Behind a huge game by 6-1 junior Lane Duncan, the Licking Wildcats had fast starts to both halves and went on to post the victory.
Licking led 13-4 after the first period and held the lead the rest of the way. It was 27-16 at halftime. And a 21-point third period allowed the Wildcats to take a 48-30 edge into the final quarter.
Duncan erupted for 37 points to pace Licking while 6-5 junior Blake Heithold added 10.
Junior guard Austin Bogle had netted 20 points and junior guard Cody Wall added 11 for the Crocker Lions, now 2-2.
Licking (71): Duncan 15-5-37, Wilson 0-2-2, Porter 1-0-3, Melton 3-1-9, Harlan 1-0-2, Heithold 5-0-10, Lane 4-0-8, Totals 29-8-71.
Crocker (52): Bogle 8-3-20, Sloan 2-2-6, Ishmael 2-2-6, Wall 3-2-11, Hair 3-0-7, Posten 1-0-2, Totals 19-9-52.
Richland 51, Stoutland 44: A big second period allowed the Richland Bears to pull away from the Stoutland Tigers.
Page 2 of 2 - Richland went into the second period with a 8-4 edge. However, the Bears outscored the Tigers 20-8 in the second quarter to take a 28-12 advantage into intermission.
Stoutland cut its deficit to 38-27 entering the fourth period but could not take the lead.
Senior guard Taylor Andrews had 12 points and junior guard Logan Mathis added 11 points for Richland.
Jesse Hubbs, a 6-1 sophomore, had 19 points and 5-10 senior Tony Sein added 13 for Stoutland.
Richland (51): Baranowski 2-0-5, T. Andrews 5-0-12, Mathis 5-0-11, D. Andrews 2-0-5, Sullivan 1-2-4, Horton 3-2-10, Gregory 2-0-4, Totals 20-4-51.
Stoutland (44): Barclay 3-0-7, Newell 1-0-2, Hodges 0-1-1, Sein 6-0-13, Allee 1-0-2, Hubbs 9-1-19.
Laquey 38, Dixon 33
A big fourth quarter allowed the host Laquey Lady Hornets to win the third-place plaque.
Dixon, now 2-3, took an 11-5 lead after the first period and held on to a 15-14 halftime lead.
Laquey was outscored 9-7 in the third period and trailed 24-21 heading into the fourth period.
However, the Lady Hornets rallied by outscoring the Dixon Lady Bulldogs 17-9 in the final period to come from behind.
Senior guard Maura Skidmore netted a game-high 23 points to lead Laquey.
Kayleigh Shanahan, a 5-8 junior, had 13 points to lead Dixon.
Laquey (38): Maura Skidmore 5-12-23, Boevingloh 1-0-2, Wilson 2-0-4, Gan 2-0-6, Graves 1-1-3, Totals 11-13-38.
Dixon (33): Yoakum 0-1-1, Whitaker 5-0-10, Gilbert 2-0-4, Shanahan 6-0-13, Ray 1-2-5, Totals 14-3-33.