Zach Morrison scored off of the opening tip and the rout was on as the Smith-Cotton Junior High eighth-grade basketball team beat Bueker Middle School, of Marshall, 57-11 on Wednesday night at the junior high.
The Tigers held a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter after Gavin Jones sank a half-court 3-pointer. They used a smothering press to reel off 15-straight points to start the second quarter on the way to a 32-7 halftime edge.
S-C (12-1) was led by Keoni Hale with 19 points, while Morrison added 16.
Erik Mays led the Owls with eight points.
S-C will play Warrensburg at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the junior high.