Balanced scoring carried the Cole Camp Bluebirds past the Warsaw Wildcats in a battle of two traditional rivals on Thursday night.
The Bluebirds beat Warsaw 52-46 in a girls basketball game in Warsaw.
Paige McCullough led Cole Camp with 15 points, Erin Rice had 14 and Jenna Cordes added 10 as the Bluebirds improved to 9-7 on the season.
Cole Camp held a 23-20 lead at halftime, but Warsaw (8-8) cut it to 37-35 heading into the fourth. The Bluebirds were able to hold off the Wildcats and record the nonconference win.
Cordes, Rice, and Emily Schlesselman each contributed four rebounds, while Rice also recorded five steals.
Tipton 49, Sweet Springs 33
The Tipton Cardinals won the semifinal matchup with Sweet Springs in the Windsor Greyhound Classic on Thursday night. Tipton outscored the Greyhounds 31-16 in the second half behind a balanced offensive attack.
“We had a good effort on defense, but we had way too little movement on offense,” commented Sweet Springs coach Boyd Jones. “We didn’t react well to Tipton’s half-court zone defense. Our ball movement needs to improve.”
Tipton was led by Emma Tuttle’s 17 points. Rachel Backes added 14 points and Chelsey Hainen had 12.
Stephanie Krause led Sweet Springs with 10 points.
Knob Noster 58, Pleasant Hill 39
The Knob Noster Panthers picked up a win in the Grain Valley Tournament on Wednesday night. Knob Noster (10-6) got big scoring games from Sarah Tyler and Christina Jones in the victory.
Tyler tallied a team-high 21 points and Jones added 17. Kyra Williams chipped in with nine points and eight assists. The Panthers snagged 11 steals on the night.
Despite the win, Knob Noster coach Michael Cohron saw room for improvement from his team.
“We didn’t have a very good game tonight,” he said. “We struggled on the boards though Sarah Tyler ended with seven and Kyra Williams ended with six.”
Knob Noster will play Oak Grove in the consolation game tonight.
Pilot Grove 45, Slater 37
Trailing 14-9 after one quarter, the Pilot Grove Tigers used a strong defensive effort to shut down the Slater Wildcats in the Slater Wildcat Classic on Thursday night. Kayla Thomas paced the Tigers with 15 points and 15 rebounds and Clair Lorenz had nine points.
“We got off to a slow start and spotted Slater a 10-point lead before settling down defensively and offensively,” said Pilot Grove coach Terry Lorenz. “We turned the defensive pressure up late in the first and throughout the second quarter to get ourselves back in the ballgame and push ahead.”
Rachel Gonzalez led Slater with 10 points.
With the win, Pilot Grove moves into the consolation game against Glasgow at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Jamestown 39, Bunceton 34
Lyndsey Hees poured in 17 points to lead Jamestown to a win in the Cooper County Activities Association Tournament on Thursday night. Jamestown used a 10-2 advantage in the third quarter to break a 16-16 tie at halftime and hold on for the win.
Arin Simmons added nine points for Jamestown. Hillary Kahle and Kayla Schmidt each scored 11 points for Bunceton.
Higbee 52, Otterville 48 (OT)
The Otterville Eagles overcame a nine point halftime deficit to tie the game and force overtime, but Higbee outscored the Eagles 6-2 in the extra period to record the win Thursday night in the Cooper County Activities Association Tournament.
Calvin Comfort paced Otterville with 12 points and Seth Pardoe added 10. Jonathan Tucker led Higbee with 12 points, Bryan Bartalacci had 11, and Shane Glenn chipped in with 10.
Show-Me Christian 68, Lowry City 58
The Show-Me Christian Angels improved their season record to 8-2 with their victory Thursday night. Show Me held a 37-21 lead at halftime and held off the Falcons in the final quarter.
Abe Vah paced Show-Me with 33 points and Christian Jones contributed 17. Lowry City was led by Dwight Murray’s 24 points, while Samuel Town scored 20 and Olen Knight added 10.
Smith-Cotton 36, O’Hara 30; Harrisonville 45, Smith-Cotton 30
The Smith-Cotton Tigers split a pair of matches with two West Central Conference foes on Thursday night at O’Hara High School.
Zach Dake had a good night, winning matches against both schools. In the process, Dake remains undefeated and also was named to the all-conference team.
Josh Brust was another Tiger wrestler who had a successful night, winning both of his matches.
Knob Noster 42, Richmond 31
The Knob Noster Panthers racked up eight individual victories in a solid performance against Richmond on Thursday night despite giving up points with three open slots. Knob Noster’s Roman Vega, Quincy Hawkins, and Cole Miller each recorded pins.
Kirk Luzano, Steven Thorsen, Ryan Hoagland, Jacob Hoagland, and Aren Thorsen picked up the other wins for the Panthers.