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The Center Yellowjackets made a 17-point halftime lead stand up Friday night in their 85-76 win over the Smith-Cotton Tigers in Kansas City.


Center outscored the Tigers 17-9 in the second quarter to take a 46-29 lead into the second half of the West Central Conference boys basketball game.


The Tigers climbed within 60-49 by the start of the fourth quarter and came as close as eight points midway through the fourth quarter.


“The second half, we played well,” S-C coach Ray Hughes said.”The second quarter was where the game was decided.”


Spencer Ruckman and Dalton Zaremba led a balanced S-C attack with 16 points each. Chance Johnson (14 points), Jacob Bergman (13) and Dante Scroggins (13) joined Ruckman and Zaremba in double figures.


The Tigers (2-5 overall, 0-2 West Central) will face Parkview in the first round of the Smith-Cotton/McDonald’s Classic at 9 p.m. Thursday at Smith-Cotton High School.


Blair Oaks 72, Warsaw 57


The Blair Oaks Falcons outscored Warsaw 46-32 in the middle two quarters Friday night and beat the Wildcats 72-57 in a Tri-County Conference boys basketball game at Warsaw High School.


Blair Oaks held quarter leads of 13-12, 36-25 and 49-44.


Jesse Chamberlain paced Warsaw with 19 points. Randall Sherman had 16 and Bailey Jelinek had 10.


Otterville tournament


The Tuscumbia Lions and Slater Wildcats have locked up spots for the championship game of the Otterville boys basketball tournament.


The Lions beat Otterville 59-44 to win their pool, and Slater defeated Prairie Home 50-26 to win their pool.


Tuscumbia and Slater will meet in the title game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Otterville will face Northwest for third place at 2:30 p.m., and Prairie Home will meet Lincoln in the consolation final at 11:30 a.m.


GIRLS BASKETBALL


Center 36, Smith-Cotton 30


The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers couldn’t handle the pressure Friday night in Kansas City.


“They pressed us. We had trouble taking care of the basketball,” S-C coach Zach Vandevender said following Center’s 36-30 West Central Conference girls basketball win.


“They had a lot of second-chance opportunities.”


The Lady Tigers went 15 of 22 from the free-throw line.


Abby Knight paced S-C with 12 points, and Kirby Lewellyn added seven.


The Lady Tigers (4-7 0verall, 0-2 West Central) will face Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Marshall.


Prairie Home 60, Lincoln 36


Prairie Home pulled away from Lincoln in the third quarter to beat the Lady Cardinals 60-36 on Friday at the Otterville girls basketball tournament.


Lincoln trailed 17-12 and 26-18 at the half, before Prairie Home went on a 14-4 run in the third.


Paige Bybee led the Lady Cardinals with 11 points.


Lincoln will meet Northwest in the consolation final at 10 a.m. Saturday. Slater will face Otterville in the third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tuscumbia and Prairie Home will meet in the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.


Windsor 48, Sherwood 18


The Windsor Greyhounds raced out to a 29-6 halftime lead Friday night and cruised to a 48-18 win in a nonconference girls basketball game in Creighton.


The Greyhounds (7-3) led 18-2 after one quarter and 42-14 after three.


Shelby Williams paced Windsor with 14 points, and Bailey Rollins had 12.


Sweet Springs 56, Fayette 26


Nicole Bright produced 20 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists Friday night, and the Sweet Springs Lady Greyhounds beat Fayette 56-26 in a consolaton semifinal of the New Franklin girls basketball tournament.


Higgins had 17 points and seven rebounds.


Sweet Springs will face an undetermined opponent in the seventh-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Blair Oaks 76, Warsaw 26


The Warsaw Lady Wildcats opened Tri-County Conference play Friday night with a 76-26 loss to Blair Oaks at Warsaw High School.


Blair Oaks led 25-7 after one quarter, 44-19 after two and 69-22 after three.


Emilee Proctor paced Warsaw (1-9 overall, 0-1 Tri-County) with 12 points.


LATE THURSDAY


BOYS BASKETBALL


Sacred Heart 83, La Monte 31


Jimmy Villalobos led a balanced attack Thursday night, and the Sacred Heart Gremlins beat the La Monte Vikings 83-31 in a Kaysinger Conference boys basketball game at La Monte High School.


Villalobos scored a game-high 20 points. Stefan Cox had 19, and Chase Lyles and Garrett Strange had 11 each.


Seth Johnson paced La Monte with 13 points.


The Gremlins (8-0 overall, 1-0 Kaysinger) will host Cole Camp at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart School.


Tipton 47, Sweet Springs 41


The second-seeded Tipton Cardinals have locked up a spot in the championship game of the New Franklin boys basketball tournament.


The Cardinals beat Sweet Springs 47-41 in the semifinals Thursday night. They built a 38-23 lead through three quarters before Sweet Springs rallied back in the fourth.


Logan Hirst paced Tipton with 16 points, and Jacob Schowengerdt had 22 for Sweet Springs.


In Thursday’s other semifinal, top-seeded Sturgeon beat New Franklin 69-64.


The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. New Franklin and Sweet Springs will square off for third place at 4:30 p.m.


Northwest 51, Prairie Home 34


The sixth-seeded Northwest Mustangs upset No. 3 Prairie Home 51-34 Thursday night in the Otterville Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.


Northwest finished 1-1 in pool play.


GIRLS BASKETBALL


Crest Ridge 72, Smithton 41


The Crest Ridge Cougars scored 22 second-quarter points Thursday night and beat the Smithton Tigers 72-41 in a nonconference girls basketball game near Centerview.


The Cougars held quarter leads of 12-8, 34-22 and 53-35.


Lily Hunter paced Crest Ridge with 19 points.


No Smithton statistics were reported.


Tuscumbia 92, Otterville 32


Tuscumbia earned a spot in the championship game of the Otterville Holiday Classic on Thursday night with a 92-32 win over Otterville.


Tuscumbia finished 2-0 in its pool, beating both Otterville and Northwest handily.


In Thursday’s other game, Prairie Home beat Slater 50-47.


Sturgeon 55, Tipton 47


Second-seeded Sturgeon ended the Tipton Cardinals’ run for the title at the New Franklin girls basketball tournament on Thursday night with a 55-47 victory.


Jessica Petree paced Tipton with 11 points.


In Thursday’s other semifinal, top-seeded New Franklin beat Pilot Grove 49-37.


Pilot Grove will meet Tipton in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.


JUNIOR HIGH


GIRLS BASKETBALL


Northwest 32, Tipton 10


Megan Walk scored 10 points Thursday night, and the Northwest Lady Mustangs beat Tipton 32-10 in a junior high girls basketball game.


Ashlynn Lieble and Courtlin Sanders scored nine points each for the Lady Mustangs.


On Tuesday night, Northwest beat La Monte 30-7. Sanders scored 12 points, and Walk had 10.

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