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MHS BOYS BASKETBALL: The Mexico Bulldogs defeated the Centralia Panthers 75-45 in a non-conference game Monday night on the Gary Filbert Court in Mexico giving MHS Coach Brennan Scanlon his 100th victory. The win improves the Bulldogs to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC. The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 18-9 in the first quarter and exploded for 31 second quarter points to lead at the half 49-23. The Bulldogs continued to execute in the third quarter and finished off the Panthers with a 75-45 victory.
Jake Willer scorched the nets for 28 points to lead all scorers for the Bulldogs, followed by Jaeon Nunnelly with 16 points.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased with how the Bulldogs executed in the first half especially in the second quarter. Up next for the Bulldogs will be the Great Eight Classic where they take on the challenge of playing Lausanne Collegiate out of Tennessee on Dec. 27 Jefferson City High School.
Mexico: 18-31-19-7
Centralia: 9-14-14-8=45
Jake Willer: 28 points, 1 assist, 3 steals.
Jaeon Nunnelly: 16 points,1 rebound, 1 assists, 3 steals.
Cole Jaramillo: 9 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound.
Matt Ridgway: 7 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals.
Jon Anderson: 4 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block.
Jake Anderson: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 blocks.
Skylar Harrington: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Tyler Bracht: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Kamden Ekern: 1 rebound.
Mexico also won the junior varsity game 55-23. The JV Bulldogs led in all four quarters of the game. High scorers for Mexico were Tyler Bracht and Kamden Ekern 11 points each; James Norton 10 points, Wesley Oetting 9 points, Markail Williams 5 points, Malik Holman, Brady Jacobi and Sam Hobbs, 3 points each.
The JV team, 4-0, won't see action until next year when they play Community R-6 on Jan. 15.
MMS SEVENTH GRADE GIRLS: Centralia was a very strong and aggressive team and used that aggressiveness to beat the Lady Bulldogs 54-30 Monday night. "I thought we could have stayed with them scoring-wise a lot better than what we did," remarked MMS coach Stephanie Schutte. Adria Costley and Elisabeth Gooch were top scorers for the evening, with 20 and 10 points. MacKenzie Davis hustled up and down the court for the fast break opportunities. "We will continue to work on setting our own tempo and taking control of the game," said the MMS coach.
Sha'Neisha Belcher was the main scorer for the "B quarters". Maria Santiago and Natalie Phillips both helped with the defense, while Gabrielle Brower has multiple shot attempts. Overall, there was a lot of hustle and hard work seen in the B quarters and the coach was impressed with that.
MMS SEVENTH GRADE BOYS: The seventh grade Bulldogs traveled to Centralia and brought home a 38-28 victory Monday to move their record to 8-0. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first and held their lead at the quarters 23-8 and 29-16. Leading scorer for the Bulldogs was Michael White with 12P, also contributing were Cameron Holman 8P, Deion Wayman 8P, J'Marquay McGruder 6P, Cameron Baumgartner 2P and Quinton Baumgartner 2P. "We came out and were in control from the start, not letting them get any easy shots all night. We went into break with a solid win over a good Centralia team, but we still have a lot of work to do to get better," Coach Schafer said.
In "B" team action Marcus Higbee 2P, J'Marquay McGruder 2P and Colton Johnson 1P each scored in the loss.
EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS: Centralia was victorious over Mexico Monday night with a 43-16 decision in the "A" game.
Stats for Mexico included: Sydny Hull 6P, Kronesha Belcher 2P/6R, MaKenzie Resa 2P/5R, Savanna Bradley, Morgan Bledsoe, Taylor Brown 2P each.
"We handled their pressure fairly well early on but then we let it wear us down and started going away from the things that had made us successful before. I am seeing improvements in the team and we want to carry that into the second half of the season with a strong finish," remarked MMS coach Cindy Allison.
MMS, 2-8, plays Jan.4-5 in the Moberly Tournament with their first game against Fulton at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.
"B" game (2 quarters): Centralia also won this game by a score of 16-6.
Stats leaders for MMS were: Tamijah Williams 2P, Savanna Bradley 2P, Brooke Ransom 2P, Kayla Scobee 4R.
"The game was closer than the score indicates. It was a 2-4 point game most of the way up until the last few minutes or so when Centralia hit a run that we couldn't match," said Allison.
The "B" team's record is 2-1.
NORTH CALLAWAY GIRLS: The Class 3 8th state ranked North Callaway Ladybirds increased their overall record to 8-0 after defeating the Wellsville Tigers Friday night 63-28.
North Callaway had three players in double figures: Elaine Brinker and Maddie Sorell each had 19 points and Jaida Gray scored 14. For Wellsville Jennifer Ray and Jordan Kellogg each had 7 points.
The Ladybirds, who are 2-0 in EMO conference.
The junior varsity team lost 17-5 in two quarters.
NORTH CALLAWAY BOYS: The Thunderbirds were also victorious Friday with a 65-31 decision over the Wellsville Tigers. For the Thunderbirds Justin Murphy scored 16, Zac Eads 13 and Jacob Haubner added 12. Miguel Hudson and Brett Metcalf led the team with 6 rebounds each.
The leading scorer for Wellsville was Deondre Hall with 10.
North Callaway is 4-3 overall. They play again tonight against Silex.
PARIS: The Paris Coyotes remain winless after losing 75-25 to Salisbury on Friday at Salisbury. Slater Stone scored 10 for Paris, followed by Laine Forrest with 7P and 6RB. Brant Francis scored 6P. Zane Lockhart had 5RB.
The Coyotes fall to 0-6 overall.
COMMUNITY R-6 BOYS: Clay Thebeau led the Community R-6 Trojans to a 40-27 victory over Van-Far Indians Friday night at home when he scored 15 points, with 3 assists and 3 steals. Justin Durham added 7P with one 3-point basket and 4RB. Lane Thebeau and Justin Wilson added 6P each with Wilson hitting one 3-pointer. Ethan Gooch scored 10 points for Van-Far.
R-6 is 4-1 overall and in conference play.
COMMUNITY R-6 GIRLS: The Lady Trojans remained undefeated in the conference improving to 2-0 with a 45-5 decision over Van-Far Friday night. "Our defense was very solid again tonight. In four of our first six games we have held our opponent under 20 points," stated R-6 coach Bob Curtis. Senior foward Paige Curtis had another big night pumping in 14 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Paige Harris scored 7P, while Emmalee McCoskey and Danielle Brooks scored 6P each. McCoskey also bought down 6RB. Mia Knipfel had 3 steals.
The Lady Trojans are 5-1 overall.