The Knob Noster Panthers will have to share first place in the Missouri River Valley Conference East for now.
The Higginsville boys basketball team beat the Panthers 50-48 Friday night to tie them for first place in the conference.
The score was tied at 10 after one quarter, and Higginsville led 24-23 at halftime and 37-28 after three quarters in a game played at Higginsville.
David Barton paced Knob Noster with 15 points, and Hayden Anderson had 12.
“(It was a) hard-fought game by both teams … again,” Knob Noster coach Adam Easterwood said. “I hope we get to see them in two weeks in the district tournament. I think this one will leave a bad taste in our mouths we will not soon forget.”
The Panthers (17-2) will face Versailles in the championship game of the Clinton tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School.