The Mexico Bulldogs traveled to Moberly on Friday night and came away with a 52-47 victory over the Spartans. The Bulldogs earned their 20th victory of the season and improve to 10-0 in the NCMC Race.
The Bulldogs got off to a great start as they took control of the first quarter outscoring the Spartans 16-6 in the first quarter. The early start took the home capacity crowd out of the game. However, the Bulldogs got into some foul trouble in the second quarter and Moberly outscored the Bulldogs 13-9 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs still led at the half 25-19. Moberly continued to execute in the third quarter and edged the Bulldogs 16-14. The Bulldogs held onto a 39-35 at the end of three quarters. The fourth quarter became very interesting as Moberly took a one point lead but, the Bulldogs rallied back and took control and made free throws down the stretch to claim the 52-47 victory. The loss drops the Moberly Spartans to 17-5 and 8-2 in the NCMC.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased to get out of Moberly with the 5 point victory. The Bulldogs did a good job of executing in the half-court but became inconsistent in the fourth quarter giving Moberly opportunities to hang around. "We have to improve in crunch time with our offensive execution and must get consistent defensive stops to win games. We also must become more consistent from the free throw line, especially in the fourth quarter. Jake Willer led the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points, followed by Jon Anderson with 11, Jake Anderson with 10, Jaeon Nunnelly and Cole Jaramillo 5 points each Matt Ridgway with 4 points.
The Bulldogs are now 20-3 on the season and a perfect 10-0 in the NCMC. The Bulldogs will be entertaining the Hannibal Pirates on Tuesday evening on the Gary Filbert Court. A win over the Pirates will clinch the NCMC Championship for the Bulldogs. The junior varsity will tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters:
Jake Willer: 17P, 2RB, 2 assists, 3 steals.
Jon Anderson: 11P, 7RB, 1 steal.
Jake Anderson: 10P, 7RB, 3 assists, 3 blocks.
Jaeon Nunnelly: 5P, 4 assists, 1RB.
Cole Jaramillo: 5P, 1 assist, 2RB.
Matt Ridgway: 4P, 6RB, 1 steal.
Skylar Harrington: 1RB, 1 sssist.
JUNIOR VARSITY: The JV team won 51-58 over Moberly. Leading scorers for Mexico were: Markail Williams 20 points, James Norton 17, D'Milo Nunnelly 11, Tyler Bracht 5, Kamden Ekern and Malik Holman, 4 points each.
The JV team is 11-3 on the season.
The game Friday night between Mexico Lady Bulldogs and Moberly Lady Spartans was hanging most of four quarters waiting for one team to take control, "We didn't adjust well to Moberly's matchup zone and attack off the dribble. We did not do well with time and score down the stretch. It was a great environment for young kids to be in," said MHS Coach Ed Costley.
Page 2 of 2 - Mexico was leading going into the locker room at halftime 24-23. Brooke Costley led the Lady Dawgs with 16 points, followed by Karen Baker with 8 points. Anne Baker led the team in rebounds with 8. Costley and Baker led in steals with 2 apiece.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Brook Costley: 16P, 2 assists, 2RB, 2 steals.
Remi Greenwell: 4P, 2RB, 1 steal.
Ashlie Woodruff: 2P, 2RB.
Karen Baker: 8P.
Kelli Ingrum: 1P, 4RB, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Alison Mudd: 6P, 4RB, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Cassie Schmidt: 2P, 2RB.
Anne Baker: 6P, 1 assist, 8RB, 2 steals.