Basketball Roundup, Feb. 25
The Notre Dame Bulldogs (21-3) are now a perfect 11-0 on their home court after they defeated the MICDS Rams (13-10) 59-43 on Tuesday evening.
The Bulldogs parlayed two very strong defensive quarters with three good frames on the offensive end. Sophomore Lexi Rubel warmed to the task scoring sixteen of her game-high points after the break. Three treys were included in her summary. Riley Burger netted eight of her fourteen in the first period to help NDHS open an advantage they never gave up.
The Rams crept back to within six with eight minutes to play, but were shut down thereafter. Ellie Gira and Jessica Brooks tallied fourteen each for the visitors and Binta Fall added ten. Notre Dame traveled to MICDS in January and won by a similar score, 62-45.
The Bulldogs have one more regular season game this Thursday at Poplar Bluff. They will carry the number two seed in the Class 4, District 1 Tournament to be played on their floor in the Dawg Pound. After a first round bye, they will play on March 2 against the winner of Cape Central and Perryville.
MICDS - 12 7 17 7 - 43
Notre Dame - 19 8 15 17 - 59
MICDS (43) — Ellie Gira 14, Jessica Brooks 14, Binta Fall 10, Brianna Lee 3, Chelsey Nwamu 2. FG 16 FT 5-9 (3-pointers: Brooks 4, Lee, Fall).
NOTRE DAME (59) — Lexi Rubel 20, Riley Burger 14, Yasmeen Rogers 6, Delaney Dohogne 6, Tori Rubel 5, Emily Kellum 5, Allie Burnett 3. FG 23 FT 8-16 (3-pointers: L. Rubel 3, Burnett, Dohogne).
Cape Central 56, Parks Hills Central 44
The Tigers and Rebels were within two points at the end of the third quarter, but Cape Central (20-5) used a 19-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away from Park Hills Central (19-6) and pick up the home win.
The Tigers duo of Tyrus Reddin and Doreante’ Tucker did the majority of the scoring as Reddin finished with a team-high 19 points and Tucker had 14 points. Dorian Triplett came up big for Cape Central in the fourth quarter, scoring all six of his points in the final period.
The Rebels subsisted on the three ball all night, finishing with 10 as a team. Cade Scherffius hit three of those threes and ended with 13 points.
Each team has a single regular season game remaining before districts start. Cape Central will be at Dexter on Thursday and Park Hills will be at Poplar Bluff also on Thursday.
Park Hills Central — 13 8 14 9 — 44
Cape Central — 11 14 12 19 — 56
PARK HILLS CENTRAL (44) — Cade Scherffius 13, Breven McMullen 12, Brenton Wagner 9, Mason Williams 8, Jason Pyatt 2. FG 17 FT 0-0 (3-pointers: Scherffius 3, Wagner 3, McMullen 2, Williams 2).
CAPE CENTRAL (56) — Tyrus Reddin 19, Doreante’ Tucker 14, Cameron Williams 7, Dorian Triplett 6, Anthony Mackins 5, Darion Triplett 5. FG 21 FT 12-20 (3-pointers: Tucker, Da. Triplett).
Clarkton 69, Delta C-7 45
The second-seeded Reindeer ended the sixth-seeded Chargers season as they picked up the double digit win in the semi-finals of the Class 1 District 1 tournament at Southland.
Rica Brown, Caleb Underwood and Izaya Gorman did most of the damage for Clarkton (12-13). Brown finished with a team-high 17 with Underwood (15) and Gorman (14) not far behind. The trio scored 22 of the Reindeer’s 27 fourth quarter points as they closed out Delta C-7 (5-17).
Ky’ran Luster had a game-high 19 points for the Chargers, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Thomas Watson also reached double figures ending with 11.
Clarkton will now face top-seeded Cooter on Thursday for the Class 1 District 1 championship.
Delta C-7 — 9 8 13 15 — 45
Clarkton — 12 16 14 27 — 69
DELTA C-7 (45) — Ky’ron Luster 19, Thomas Watson 11, Jacob Johnson 8, Maurion Hattiex 4, Levi Smith 3. FG 16 FT 11-14 (3-pointers: Watson 2).
CLARKTON (69) — Rica Brown 17, Caleb Underwood 15, Izaya Gorman 14, Caleb Plunkett 9, Owen Morgan 7, Skeeter Perkins 6, Cade Coleman 1. FG 27 FT 13-24 (3-pointers: Plunkett, Morgan).
Cooter 74, Couch 34
Top seed Cooter (16-8) entered Class 1 District 1 competition with the momentum of winning five of their last six of the regular season. Now they have carried that into the Championship game with two relatively easy victories.
On Tuesday a young Couch (5-18) unit had visions of an upset. The Wildcats broke a nine game losing streak in the first round against Southland. Their ideas lasted only one quarter, however, as the Indians broke loose for two dominant periods and eliminated the opponent. Couch has a lone senior on its roster while Cooter will graduate only two in 2020.
Forty-eight points in those middle two frames put the game out of reach. At the free throw line, the Indians converted fifteen of twenty compared to just one of seven for Couch. The Clarkton Reindeer will be the opponent on Thursday at 7:30.
Cooter - 14 23 25 12 - 74
Couch - 12 8 6 8 - 34
COOTER (74) — Luke Perkins 19, Jacob Watson 16, Lane McLevain 13, Hayden Nazarenous 9, Lukas Barnes 6, Layton Robinson 6, Carson Swan 5 . FG 27, FT 15-20, (3-pointers: Watson 2, Perkins 2, Swan).
COUCH (34) — Kayson Cora 10, Ethan Williams 7, Matthew Morey 5, Caleb McNew 5, Logan Yount 3, Jacob Miller 2, Ben Williamson 2. FG 15, FT 1-7, (3-pointers: Yount, McNew, Williams).