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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Ledgerland Hoops Report

  • Centralia girls beat North Callaway girls
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  • Centralia girls basketball beat the North Callaway Thunderbirds 48-40 Tuesday.
    The Panthers improved to 2-0 with the victory while the Thunderbirds slip to 1-1.
    Katie Crigler was the Panthers' leading scorer, netting 19 points on 5-7 three-point shooting. Kailee Chitwood had points and three rebounds Madison Gordon recorded five rebounds along with six points and Ali Massey had five rebounds and four points.
    Elaine Brinker was the Thunderbirds' leading scorer with 14 points and Maddie Sorrell had 12 points.
    "We missed too many layups and putbacks," North Callaway coach Matt Miller said. "Defensively we gave them too many easy and second shots and several times we left their best shooter open for three."
    The Panthers return to action Dec. 9 when they host the Centralia Invitational.
    The Centralia boys also beat the Thunderbirds, 50-32. Denver Horm was the Panthers' leading scorer with 15 points while Chandler Blackwell had 14 points.
    Brett Metcalf led the Thunderbirds in scoring with 14 points.
    "We really didn't play too bad for the first game of the year except for a nine-minute stretch when they held us scoreless," North Callaway coach Tim Turlington said. "Defensively when you hold a team to 50 points you usually win."
    The Thunderbirds open the season 0-1 while the Panthers improve to 2-0 with the win.
    The Panthers host Boonville Pirates Thursday.
    The Community R-6 boys improved to 2-0 Tuesday, beating the Mark Twain Tigers 57-52.
    "It was a hard fought game and both teams played well," Community coach Kenneth Jett said. "Our free throw shooting, going 8-10 in the fourth quarter, helped along with getting good shots in the fourth quarter."
    Clay Thebeau was the leading scorer for the Trojans with 17 points. Conner Brooks added 11 points while Shane Myers and Kyle Curtis contributed ten each.
    "Shane came off the bench in the fourth quarter and hit a big three to give us an emotional lift," Jett said.
    The Trojans next play Dec. 12 at Madison.
    The Trojan girls beat the Tigers 46-41 to improve to 1-1.
    The game was tied 25-25 at the half, but the Trojans outscored the Tigers 21-16 in the second half to earn the victory.
    "Our second half defensive effort was the difference," Community coach Bob Curtis said. "Mark Twain had a size advantage on us but I thought we did a good job of getting the inside position in the second half to help us win the rebounding war.
    "In the first half we took too many quick jump shots against the zone without Emmalee (McCoskey) getting some post touches. I thought we did a better job scoring in the paint in the second half, finding Emmalee when she was open.
    McCoskey led the Trojans with 18 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Brooks contributed ten points and four assists to the Trojan victory.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Samantha Jackson was big for us tonight going 8-11 from the line, with most of those in the second half," Curtis said. "Especially after we struggled at the line against Sturgeon in our first outing it was nice to see Sam step to the line with confidence and put the game away."
    The Paris boys slipped to 1-1 with a 58-46 loss to the Knox County Eagles.
    "We lost a tough game last night, lost a four point lead late in the ball game on a couple of big shots from Knox County," Paris coach Wade Billington said. "Turnovers and fouls played a huge role in the game. We turned the ball over late and gave them several easy break-away lay-ups. Two of our bigger players fouled out early in the fourth quarter which hurt our depth."
    Brant Francis was the leading scorer for the Coyotes, scoring 17 points while recording seven rebounds. August Hayhurst had eight points and three rebounds and Slater Stone had seven points and seven rebounds. Zane Lockhart and Bryce Ensor also had big nights on the boards. Lockhart contributed seven rebounds in addition to his four points while Ensor had six rebounds and four points.
    "We did a lot of good things throughout the ball game," Billington said. "We got to the free throw line more than we have in the past and played good, solid defense. As a team we are on the verge of getting over the hump and becoming very tough night in and night out."
    The Coyotes travel to Monroe City Friday to play the Panthers.

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