The Mexico Bulldogs defeated the Kirksville Tigers 66-26 in the district semi-finals of the Class 4 District 8 Tournament on the Gary Filbert Court at Mexico High School. The win improved the Bulldogs to 22-3 and sent them to the district championship game against Helias.
The Bulldogs put on a defensive clinic in the first half holding the Tigers to 5 points. The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 12-2 in the first quarter and 23-3 in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-5 advantage at the half. The Bulldogs continued to dominate the second half of the game and posted their 22nd victory of the season.
Matt Ridgway, Jaeon Nunnelly, and Cole Jaramillo led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points apiece, followed by Jake Willer with 10 points, Jake Anderson 7, and Jon Anderson with 6.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased with the defensive effort the Bulldogs displayed and the offensive execution as the Bulldogs dismantled the Tigers. "Our scoring was balanced as our guys do such a great job of sharing the basketball.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Cole Jaramillo: 13P, 4RB, 1 assist.
Jake Willer: 10P, 1 assist, 2 steals.
Jake Anderson: 7P, 6RB, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks.
Jaeon Nunnelly: 13P, 2 steals, 4R, 4 assists.
Jon Anderson: 6P, 8RB, 1 assist, 1 nlock.
Matt Ridgway: 13P, 6RB, 1 steal, 1 assist, 3 blocks.
Skylar Harrington: 2P, 1RB, 1 asist, 3 steals.
James Norton: 2P, 1RB.
The Mexico Bulldogs claim their third straight district Championship beating the Helias Crusaders 45-40 in front of a capacity crowd on the Gary Filbert Court at Mexico High School on Saturday. The win sends the Bulldogs into the state playoffs as they travel to Troy Buchanan High School on Wednesday to take on the Duchesne Pioneers at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs and the Crusaders played an exciting first quarter as each team exchanged baskets and it was deadlocked at 12 points apiece. The Bulldogs had a great second quarter and outscored the Crusaders 18-5 to take a 30-17 advantage at the half. The second half became very intense at both ends of the court and went back and forth but the Bulldogs still held a 39-27 advantage going into the fourth quarter. The Crusaders took advantage of several Bulldog turnovers in the fourth quarter and got back in the game. The Crusaders cut into the Bulldog lead and only trailed 43-40 going into the last minute of the game. However senior Jae'on Nunnelly converted a lay-up inside a minute to give the Bulldogs a 5 point advantage. The Bulldogs defense stiffened in last two possessions to claim the victory and the district championship.
Coach Scanlon was pleased with the win and the district title. "We really executed well in the second quarter which turned out to be the difference down the stretch. All good teams will make runs and we were able to sustain the Helias run and claim our third straight district title. We have met two of our goals that we set at the beginning of the season. We wanted to win the NCMC Title and claim another district championship. We have met these goals and now we look forward to a very difficult sectional game against the No. 2 ranked team in the state the Duchesne Pioneers. We look forward to the opportunity and our team will be ready to take on the challenge."
Page 2 of 3 - Jake Willer led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points, Jae'on Nunnelly added 12 points, Cole Jaramillo 8, Jon Anderson 6, Jake Anderson 4, and Skylar Harrington added 2 points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cole Jaramillo: 8P, 2RB.
Jake Willer: 13P, 3RB, 1 Assist.
Jake Anderson: 4P, 4RB, 4 assists, 2steals.
Jaeon Nunnelly: 12P, 6RB.
Jon Anderson: 6P, 1RB, 2 assists.
Matt Ridgway: 4RB, 3 steals.
Skylar Harrington: 2P, 3RB, 2 assists.
MHS Lady Bulldogs
On Friday night, the Mexico Lady Bulldogs the No. 3 seed in the Class 4 District 8 tournament took to the court with determination and confidence when they faced the No. 2 seed Helias Lady Crusaders, who they had lost to earlier in the year. And that determination helped them with a 40-37 victory over the Lady Crusaders.
"It was a great game to be a part of. It was a physical game from finish to end and our girls played tough," stated MHS Coach Ed Costley. The team's defensive effort was key to shut down their inside game. And the Lady Bulldogs managed the clock in the end securing the victory.
The Lady Dawgs took an early lead 5-0 when Helias came back with a 3-pointer making it 5-3. Brooke Costley hit a basket with 5 minutes left in the first quarter to make 7-3. Helias came back making it 7-5 before Remington Greenwell hit a 3-pointer giving the Lady Dawgs at 5 point lead. After a basket and another 3-pointer Helias tied the game at 10. Alison Mudd made it 13-10 when she hit a 3-pointer. Then Costley scored with seconds left on the clock to put Mexico back to a 5-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Helias quickly took the lead 18-15 with back to back baskets. Mudd once again put in a 3-pointer to tie the game followed by a 3-pointer by Karen Baker making it 21-18 at the end of the half.
The third quarter was close with Mexico leading 24-23 at the end of the quarter. Helias once again hit a 3-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter making it 26-24. This time it was Costley who tied it up for the Lady Dawgs. The lead in the fourth quarter changed several times and never more than a 3-point margin for either team.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Brooke Costley: 15P, 1 assist, 1RB.
Remington Greenwell: 6P, 1 steal.
Kaitlin Ingrum: 1RB.
Karen Baker: 4P, 3 assists 4 RB.
Kelli Ingrum: 4P, 1 block, 7RB, 1 steal.
Alison Mudd: 6P, 2RB.
Cassie Schmidt: 1RB.
Page 3 of 3 - Anne Baker: 5P, 1 assist, 5RB, 1 steal.
On Saturday night, the Lady Dawgs had an uphill battle against the No. 1 seed Kirksville Lady Tigers who had lost only one game all year. The Lady Dawgs fought hard, but came up short losing 53-47 in the championship game. Mexico stays neck and neck in the first half with Kirksville. Costley tied the game at 6-6 before Remington Greenwell made a couple of free throws to take the lead. At the end of the fist quarter it was 10-8 MHS. The score was close throughout the second quarter. With 30 seconds left in the half Cassie Schmidt scored giving the Lady Dawgs a 22-20 lead going into the locker room.
"Three games in a row was a concern for fatigue and mental mistakes. In the third quarter we had three turnovers in a row giving them a double digit lead," stated Coach Costley. Kelli Ingrum played great in the first half. Being down by 14 the girls never quit and made a run cutting the lead to three with under a minute left. Alison Mudd (1) and Brooke's (3) threes in the fourth quarter put the Lady Dawgs back into the game. "I was so proud of the effort and the fight and our seniors went out strong. Not many had us as a possible district contender but the leadership on the team got us there," Costley said of his team.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Brooke Costley: 19P, 1 assist, 2RB.
Remington Greenwell: 6P, 1 assist, 3RB, 1 steal.
Kaitlin Ingrum: 1 assist, 1 steal.
Karen Baker: 6P, 1 steal.
Kelli Ingrum: 10P, 8RB, 2 steals.
Alison Mudd: 3P, 1 assist.
Cassie Schmidt: 3P, 2RB.
Anne Baker: 3 assists 6RB.