STATESMAN ROUNDUP: Robards leads Dexter wrestling to 63-18 win over Kennett; Advance boys basketball survives scare from Richland

Members of the Dexter wrestling team cheer on Shawn Robards in the 195-pound bout Thursday at Dexter High School. Robards won by decision 9-8 and the Bearcats beat Kennett 63-18.
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Shawn Robards won a hard-fought match that went the distance to the delight of his coaches and teammates, and the Dexter wrestling team beat Kennett 63-18 Thursday at Dexter High School.

Robards beat Preston Ragland 9-8 in the 195-pound bout behind a strong finish to the third period with his teammates and coaches cheering him on.

The Bearcats improved to 11-3 in dual matches, and Travis Waldner won his 24th straight match to start the season.

Dexter 63, Kennett 18

106: Diego McCormick, Dexter, def. Gavin Patterson, Kennett, by fall in 2:17. 113: Jesus Diaz, Kennett, def. Eric Harmon, Dexter, by fall in 1:40. 120: Bryston Pemberton, Dexter, won by forfeit. 126: Cutter Cornett, Dexter, def. Ethan  Davis , Kennett, by fall in 1:22. 132: Chase Malone, Kennett, def, CJ Greene, Dexter, by fall in 1:58. 138: Drew Soule, Dexter, def. Tyler  Preston , Kennett, by fall in 1:11. 145: Mason Keena, Dexter, won by forfeit. 152: Jacob Medler, Dexter, won by forfeit. 160: Alex Townsend, Dexter, def, Otrevian  Walls, Kennett, by fall in 1:23. 170: Travis Waldner, Dexter, def. Lorenzo Thomas, Kennett, by fall in 3:04. 182: Hayden Higgins , Kennett, def, Parker VanSlyke, Dexter, by fall in 2:55. 195: Shawn Robards, Dexter, def. Preston Ragland, Kennett, by decision 9-8. 220: Owen Bewley, Dexter, won by forfeit. 285: Kolin Simpson, Dexter, def, Cirilo  Tejeda, Kennett, by fall in 52 seconds.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Advance 63, Richland 61

Jack Below scored 12 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, as the Advance boys basketball team survived a scare from the Richland Rebels in a 63-61 victory on Thursday at Essex.

Advance (11-3, 4-0 SCAA) led 17-16 after one quarter and 29-28 after two. The Rebels (3-8, 0-3) rallied in the third to take a 44-42 lead into the final quarter.

Damon Ivy paced Richland with 15 points, Tanner Freeman had 11 and Shai Sheffield had 10.

Neelyville 64, Puxico 37

The Neelyville boys basketball team took charge after halftime en route to a 64-37 victory over the Puxico Indians on Thursday night at Neelyville High School.

Puxico (5-9) led 15-14 after one quarter and the Tigers took a 30-23 lead into halftime. Neelyville (9-5) outscored the Indians 34-14 in the second half.

Lucas Plunkett paced Puxico with 14 points.

Jemaane Williams scored a game-high 29 points for Neelyville. Teammate Curtis Fowler added 14.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Scott Central 46, Advance 35

The Scott County Central girls basketball team outscored Advance 27-13 in the second half to beat the Hornets 46-35 Thursday night at Advance High School.

The Hornets led 14-8 after one quarter and 22-19 at halftime.

Alandry Below scored a game-high 29 points for the Hornets, who fell to 8-6.

Clearwater 41, Bloomfield 30

The Clearwater girls basketball team’s Tiffany Williams made three 3-pointers in the second quarter, and the Tigers beat Bloomfield 41-30 Thursday night at Bloomfield.

The Tigers outscored Bloomfield 17-11 in the second quarter to take a 21-15 halftime lead. The score was tied at 4 after one quarter.

Each team scored six points in the third, but Clearwater (2-10) clinched the win the fourth, outscoring the Wildcats 14-9 and making 5 of 9 free throws.

Williams finished with a game-high 14 points.

Johnna Costigan paced Bloomfield (0-10) with 11 points and Adison Musgrave had seven.

Naylor 68, Puxico 9

The Naylor Eagles sprinted out to a 24-1 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 68-9 victory Thursday at Puxico.

The Eagles (10-6) expanded their lead to 41-3 at halftime and 59-6 after three quarters.

“Naylor is a great team and has been well-coached by Gene (Deckard) and Logan (Foster) for years,” Puxico coach Jim Carrier said. “We knew what we were facing tonight. Despite that, the girls never gave in or tapped out. They knew this was a game that would make them better players. They tied their shoes a little tighter, took their licks and kept on playing. I’m proud of them for that.”

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