Smith-Cotton surrendered points to 10 Warrensburg scorers, including 13 points to Luke Landwehr, during a 54-32 loss Friday at home.
Will Knight led the Tigers with nine points and Cortez Douglas followed with eight en route to the team’s lowest scoring total since a 52-31 loss last year to close the regular season -- again hosting Warrensburg.
Douglas said it was an embarrassing performance.
“Everybody expects you to win here,” Douglas said. “People, your family, comes out and watches you, and to have a score like that is really embarrassing. “
Smith-Cotton (1-4) scored the first four points of the game, but paused action when Warrensburg tied the game via fast break. A free throw from Douglas was the difference with a minute to the second period before Brooks Baldwin sank the first 3-pointer of the game. He then found Ejyah Sheridan at the horn and Warrensburg led 11-5 after the first stanza.
Maroon and white pushed their second-quarter standing to 14-7 after Landwehr completed a three-point play. Sheridan was issued a technical foul with less than four minutes to the break, and Will Knight sank both attempts. Smith-Cotton trailed 18-10 at halftime.
Douglas cited spacing issues halting the Smith-Cotton offense. There were not enough screens creating open looks, and the few quality shots did not fall.
“I feel like we could have got more shots up,” Douglas said. “But if we would have hit most of those shots that we missed, it would have been way closer.
Minutes into the second half, Luke Mackey’s layup made it a 12-point game, 26-14. Smith-Cotton paused action, and Douglas followed the timeout with a 3-pointer. Warrensburg scored the next seven points to lead 33-17.
Christian Finley got on the board with a layup and assisted Tyler Williams on the next S-C bucket. Black and gold trailed 36-21 after three.
Zack Reed landed a tip-in with six minutes to play for a 43-23 Warrensburg lead. Knight managed a hook shot through contact, but the S-C defense surrendered three more field goals and a free throw before scoring again. Reed’s make at the line made it 50-25.
Smith-Cotton continues 6 p.m. Monday, hosting Marshall.
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