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Lee hits 3-pointer, Eagles win on shot at buzzer again over Missouri Valley
2/10/2016

The final 8.6 seconds of Saturday’s rivalry game at Missouri Valley could not have played out more perfectly for the Central Methodist men’s basketball team.
Down two points, the Eagles waited as Kyle Hickey attempted his second free throw. If he made it, Central Methodist would need a 3-pointer just to send the game into overtime.


Hale’s three gives CMU back-to-back road wins, Eagles still in first place
2/10/2016

Winning on the road has been a little tougher on the Central Methodist women’s basketball team the second time through the schedule in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. But as the old cliché goes, “A win is a win.”
For the second time in as many games, the Eagles used a late 3-pointer to secure a road victory. This time, it was DaJonee Hale who made the winning shot, and it was Missouri Valley who was the victim of defeat. Hale’s 3-pointer from the right corner with five seconds remaining on the clock was the difference in an 85-82 Central Methodist victory on Saturday in Marshall.


High-octane offense: Higbee boys rattle off 95 points to beat Bucklin/Macon County
2/10/2016

High-octane offense: Higbee boys rattle off 95 points to beat Bucklin/Macon County
It has become the norm for the Higbee boys basketball team to run its offense as quickly as possible, as if the Tigers are playing against a 10-second shot clock. So when they Tigers face a team that’s in just as quick of a rush on the offensive end, they more than welcome it.
Entering Higbee’s Courtwarming game against Bucklin/Macon County on Friday, the Tigers averaged 65 shot attempts per game, roughly one shot attempt per 30 seconds. A good night for Higbee is when the team shoots close to 40 percent from the field. When the Tigers shoot near 50 percent, it’s a great night.


Lady Bulldogs snap Higbee girls’ home winning streak
2/10/2016

Lady Bulldogs snap Higbee girls’ home winning streak
The fourth quarter seemed like it was never going to end between Higbee and Bucklin/Macon County, and that actually worked toward Higbee’s favor.
In total, 37 free throws were shot in the quarter. Bucklin/Macon County’s last 12 points came from the free-throw line. Higbee had three players foul out and two others were on the verge of reaching five fouls.
In the end, Higbee nearly overcame a 15-point deficit with three minutes to play, but the Lady Tigers saw their 12-game home win streak snap Friday night with a 74-65 loss to the Lady Bulldogs on Courtwarming night.


New Franklin boys beat Pilot Grove, move to 8-0 in CAC
2/10/2016

It wasn’t the best of starts for the New Franklin boys basketball team this season, but the Bulldogs were able to finish in a big way.
New Franklin ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run and scored 11-straight points in the first half, going on the road Monday night to beat Pilot Grove 64-44.


Driftwood Outdoors: Late-season rabbit hunt is great small-game hunting
2/10/2016

Driftwood Outdoors: Late-season rabbit hunt is great small-game hunting
It had been too long since I took to a snow-covered forest in pursuit of cottontail rabbits. So when Jim Low, the recently retired writer from the Missouri Conservationist, asked if I wanted to go kick some brush for bunnies, I excitedly agreed.



Falcons fall flat against Marceline, fall to 0-3 in conference play
2/8/2016

Falcons fall flat against Marceline, fall to 0-3 in conference play
Fayette has already blown past its win total from the 2014-15 season, but the Falcons were looking to do something Tuesday night that it had not done in three years. That was to win a conference game against a current Lewis & Clark Conference opponent.
Playing in their second-to-last home game of the season, the Falcons were able to battle Marceline neck-and-neck for a half, but a dismal third quarter proved to be a costly setback for Fayette in a 62-49 loss to the Tigers.


Lady Tigers make Fayette girls’ early lead disappear
2/8/2016

Lady Tigers make Fayette girls’ early lead disappear
It hasn’t been an uncommon sight for the Fayette girls basketball team to hold a lead against a better opponent after one quarter this season. It has seemingly been a given in each of Fayette’s first three conference games.
Back in December, Fayette held a two-point lead over Westran after one quarter. Last month, the Lady Falcons were ahead of Salisbury by five points after the game’s opening eight minutes. And on Tuesday night, Fayette was leading Marceline by one point as the second quarter began.
All three games had another theme as well. Fayette’s opponents were able to overcome a sluggish start and win, just as Marceline did on Tuesday in Fayette. The Lady Tigers retook the lead in the second quarter and held on for good in a 41-23 win over the Lady Falcons.


CMU men snap losing streak with 70-69 victory
2/8/2016

In the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the Central Methodist men’s basketball team was in contention to win each of its past eight games. In every contest but one during the losing streak, the Eagles held a lead in the second half, only to see it slip away as the game progressed toward the finish.
Central Methodist led by as many as 12 points in the second half Wednesday night, but Culver-Stockton was able to tie the score on a 3-point shot with 24 seconds to play. Jay Jones drew a foul on the Eagles’ next possession, making 1-of-2 free throws, and Culver-Stockton missed a three on the last possession of the game.
For the first time in nearly a month, the Eagles were able to nab a victory, edging the Wildcats 70-69.


Area high school students recognized on softball, football Academic All-State teams
2/8/2016

In total, 19 players on three area high school softball teams earned the distinction of being named on 2015 Class 1 Academic All-State team, the Missouri High School Fast-Pitch Coaches Association announced earlier this week.
The Fayette and Harrisburg softball teams each had six players make Academic All-State, while New Franklin’s softball squad had seven earn an Academic All-State distinction.


Lady Jackets complete Salisbury sweep
2/8/2016

Lady Jackets complete Salisbury sweep
It took nearly two weeks after the MFA Oil/Break Time Shootout, but the Glasgow girls basketball team finally got its turn to face Salisbury on Thursday.
Unlike the boys matchup, this contest did not come down to the final seconds, but it was decided near the final minute. The Lady Jackets led the entire second half and finished the week with three wins, beating the Lady Panthers 37-31 in Glasgow.



New Franklin boys beat Jamestown for 11th-straight win
2/8/2016

New Franklin played in just its fourth road game of the season Thursday night, but the Bulldogs have yet to lose on the road this season. New Franklin dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points in the final eight minutes of a 59-40 win at Jamestown.


Higbee player makes first start on Coaches vs. Cancer Night
2/8/2016

The starting lineup for the Higbee girls basketball team has been steady this season, but head coach Tanner Burton made one notable change for Tuesday’s game against Brunswick.
On the team’s Coaches vs. Cancer Night, Higbee inserted freshman Shelby Clark into the starting five. Clark, making her first career varsity start, is a cancer survivor and successfully overcame her diagnosis of Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma. She has been in remission for nearly a full year.


Harrisburg boys, girls drop two games at Southern Boone Classic
2/8/2016

It was a short week for the Harrisburg basketball teams this week in Ashland. The girls ended their week on Wednesday with a 44-33 loss to Blair Oaks in the consolation semifinals.


CMU women’s track team finishes fourth at Dutch Classic
2/8/2016

The Central Methodist women’s indoor track and field team came in fourth place out of 12 schools on Jan. 30 at the Dutch Classic, held at Central College in Pella, Iowa.


Falcons thrive in fourth quarter, find late surge on offense to beat Santa Fe
2/3/2016

Falcons thrive in fourth quarter, find late surge on offense to beat Santa Fe
It wasn’t quite the unlikely comeback Fayette had pulled out of its pocket a time or two earlier this season, but Saturday’s third-place win at the Slater Wildcat Classic was just as impressive.
The Falcons trailed Santa Fe entering the fourth quarter by just two points, but they found a much-needed outpouring of points in the final eight minutes to beat the Chiefs 68-65. Third place is Fayette’s best finish in this tournament since winning the title during the 2010-11 season.


Glasgow boys unable to contain pesky Gremlins in title game
2/3/2016

Glasgow boys unable to contain pesky Gremlins in title game
The Glasgow boys basketball team had a Slater Wildcat Classic championship in its sights, but a 79-second stretch of the fourth quarter changed the course of the game.
The Gremlins overcame a four-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, using a 13-3 run to push past Glasgow to win 61-53. Sacred Heart claimed its second-straight Slater Wildcat Classic.



Lady Jackets run out of steam against Santa Fe
2/3/2016

Lady Jackets run out of steam against Santa Fe
Glasgow’s start to the girls championship game of the Slater Wildcat Classic was less than ideal.
The Lady Jackets committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter. They took only four shot attempts in the opening period, and one of them was a half-court heave at the buzzer. To make matters worse, early foul trouble was already becoming an issue.
And yet, Glasgow found itself within a point of top-seeded Santa Fe with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Chiefs would end the game on a 12-0 run, winning the title by a score of 45-32.


New Franklin boys win program’s first Sturgeon Tournament
2/3/2016

The New Franklin boys basketball team went nearly 10 years without winning a tournament championship, both in the regular season and in the postseason. Now the Bulldogs have won a pair of tournaments in the month of January alone.
In a rematch of the New Franklin Tournament championship game held earlier in January, the Bulldogs defeated Westran 61-54 on Saturday night to win their first title at the Sturgeon Tournament.


Higbee boys fall to Norborne in Keytesville Tournament championship
2/3/2016

The Higbee boys basketball team, the No. 3 seed, faced top-seeded Norborne on Saturday in the championship game in the Keytesville Tournament. It was the Tigers’ first championship game appearance since they won the CCAA Tournament during the 2009-10 season.
Higbee fell behind early and battled back after a rough first quarter, but the Tigers fell to Norborne 64-54.


 
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