Reports published Dec. 4, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

MHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: A solid defensive effort from the Mexico High School Lady Bulldogs kept the Marshall Lady Owls off balance and lead to a Mexico victory over conference team Marshall 51-30.
MHS coach Ed Costley said it was an all-around solid game for his team. "We stayed aggressive through most of the game and was able to get our shooting going form the outside," explained the coach.
Brooke Costley lead the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points. She broke out with 11 points in the first quarter hitting three 3-pointers. She also had 7 RBs, 4 assists and 2 steals. Remington Greenwell also was in double figures with 12Ps 1 assist and 6RBs. "Remington (Greenwell) was attacking the basket strong going to the free throw line 10 times and making 8 of them," said her coach.
Cassie Schmidt brought down 6RBs, with 1 block. "Cassie (Schmidt) didn't score but helped with physical play against their size," said Costley.
Kelli Ingrum scored 7Ps with 1 assist, 1 block, 5RBs and 1 steal.
Mexico plays at home Thursday against Eldon for their home opener.
MEXICO: 21, 9, 14, 7.
MARSHALL: 7, 6, 9, 8.
JUNIOR VARSITY: The Lady Bulldogs lead until eight seconds left in the game when Marshall hit a 3-pointer to take a one point lead. The girls played well on their first outing of the season, but were outsized by Marshall's height, but continued to fight and scrap. Riley Greenwell lead MHS with 6Ps, and 4RBs. Karen Baker scored 8 points with 3 steals. Kaitlin Ingrum led in steals with 4. and Laura Fischer lead in rebounds with 5. Alison Mudd scored 5 points including on 3-pointer.
MMS EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL: Mexico Middle School eighth grade basketball boys were hosts to Hannibal on Monday night.
In the "A" game Hannibal won 59-27. For MMS Isaac Troy was in double figures with 11 points, followed by Clint Smith 7, Miguel Vega 5 and Clay Jeffrey 4.
"Although results do not show it right now, we are getting better each and every game," state Kyle Louder, MMS coach.
In the "B" game Hannibal prevailed 16-7 in two quarters. Top scorers for Mexico were D'Von Nunnelly and Cameron Evans with 3 points each, and De'Shon Fountain with 1.
The coach said he was very pleased with the effort of his players. "They gave full effort the entire game," he added.
MMS plays again Thursday at Fulton.
MMS SEVENTH GRADE BASKETBALL: The seventh grade Bulldogs moved to 3-0 Monday night with a decisive 42-18 victory over the Hannibal Pirates. The Bulldogs led at the quarters 13-0, 21-8, and 31-15. Ten Bulldogs scored on the night with J'Marquay McGrueder 8P/7R, Michael White 7P, and Cameron Holman 5P leading all scorers. Other scores included; Deion Wayman 4P, Quinton Baumgartner 4P/3R, Ty DeBurns 3P/6R, Matthew Huffman 3P, Marquis Smith 2P, Avion Williams 2P/6R, and Cameron Baumgartner 2P. "We were able to come out and put the game away early with all of our guys contributing in a variety of ways," Coach Brandon Schafer said.
In B team action, the Bulldogs came out on top 8-6 with Colton Johnson 2P, Tyler Brandow 2P, and Marquis Smith 4P scoring for the Bulldogs.
MMS EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Mexico eighth grade girls lost to Hannibal Monday night 36-16. Mexico was in the lead 9-6 in the first quarter and at halftime Hannibal was up 18-12. Then in the third quarter Hannibal was up 28-14.
"Hannibal is a very good team and we were able to hang with them the first half but the second half their speed wore us down and we went cold from the field. I am starting to see big improvements, especially on the defensive end," stated Cindy Allison, MMS coach.
Leaders for Mexico were Sydny Hull 6P, Taylor Brown 6P, Morgan Bledsoe 2P/6R, Brooke Ransom 2P, Kronesha Belcher 1P/7R, Kayla Scobee 8R.
Mexico's record is 1-4
In two-quarter "B" game Mexico prevailed 15-0.
MMS leaders were: Savanna Bradley 6P, Anna Proctor 2P/4R, Tamijah Williams, Taylor Brown, Kayla Scobee 2P each, Amber Shaw 1P
The "B" team's record is 1-0.
Mexico returns to action Thursday at home against Fulton at 6 p.m.
CENTRALIA TOURNAMENT: The Centralia girls basketball tournament opened Monday. Games and results in the first round included:
Sturgeon 53, Southern Boone 19. For Sturgeon, Maddie Embrue and Kyle Foster each scored 13 points. For Southern Boone, Brittani Bayle scored 7.
Salisbury 53, Boonville 50. Salisbury's Sabrina Burris hit a 3-point basket at the buzzer to propel Salisbury on to the second round. Hannah Nicolay was top scorer for Salisbury with 16 points. For Boonville Morgan Edwards scored 17.
North Callaway 55, Hallsville 43. Jaida Gray lead the way for the Ladybirds with 22 points, scoring 18 in the first half, and single handly outscored Hallsville 18-15 in the first half. Gray scored four 3-point baskets in the first half and was 6 for 6 at the free throw line and had 5 assists. Maddie Sorell scored 15 points with 6 RB. Elaine Brinker also had 6 RBs as well as 6 assists.
"The girls came out and played a great first half," stated North Callaway Coach Jack Peace. Hallsville had a run in the third quarter coming within seven points.
The Ladybirds 4-0 play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Salisbury.
NORTH CALLAWAY GIRLS: The North Callaway Ladybirds remain undefeated after a 52-40 decision over New Bloomfield Friday in New Bloomfield. Three Ladybirds reached double figures. Jaida Gray had 18 points, Elaine Brinker, 14 and Maddie Sorell, 11. Sorell also lead in rebounds with 9; Brinker lead in assists with 6, and Kelsay Coil had 4 steals.
North Callaway: 15, 10, 10, 17.
New Bloomfield: 6, 15, 8, 11.
NORTH CALLAWAY BOYS: The North Callaway Thunderbirds won a lopsided victory Friday when they defeated New Bloomfield 60-35.
Three Thunderbirds reached double figures: Jacob Haubner, 12 points, with 7 rebounds; Vance Allen, 11 points and Justin Murphy, 10. Meguel Hudson had 7 assists; and Justin Menard came up with 5 steals.
North Callaway, 2-0 play at 4:30 today against the No. 2 seed South Boone in the Centralia Tournament.
North Callaway: 15, 17, 16, 12.
New Bloomfield: 3, 11, 8, 13.
The junior varsity Thunderbirds also were victorious in their season opener with a 56-23 decision over New Bloomfield. The score at halftime was 25-12.
Steven Coleman scored 21 points, Manzell Payne, 11; and Brandon Haggedorn, 10.
The junior varsity boys and girls play Wednesday at Harrisburg.
PARIS: Costly turnovers and defensive lapses hurt the Paris Coyotes down the stretch Friday night in a loss to Monroe City by a score of 48-42.
Paris had only one player in double figures. Slater Stone scored 12 points. Brant Francis and Britton Francis each scored 7, with Brant Francis hitting the only 3-point basket by the Coyotes.
The game started off with an extremely fast pace. Both teams came out of the gate getting up and down the floor. The Coyotes really worked hard and played with a high level of intensity, according to the Paris coach Wade Billington. "We rebounded the basketball well and executed our offense pretty well for the second game out. The boys are really figuring out what it means to work hard and they raised their level of work ethic and focus from game one at Knox County," said Billington.
On the defensive side, Slater Stone brought down 8 rebounds with Zane Vaughn bringing down 6.
Paris, 0-2, begin play tonight in the Monroe City Tournament.
PARIS: 12, 7, 14, 9.
Monroe City: 12, 10, 9, 17.
COMMUNITY R-6: The Community R-6 Trojans outscored the Madison Panthers 13 to 2 in the first quarter and never looked back in their 71-25 victory at home in their season opener.
Three Trojans reached double figures. Sean Wilson had 15, Lane Thebeau, 13, and Conner Brooks 10. Brooks, Lane Thebeau, Shane Myers, and Wilson each scored a 3-point basket.Wilson lead in rebounds with 7, followed by Justin Durham with 5. Wilson also lead in steals with 6, while Cody Thebeau lead in assists with 3.