Headline: Ice shuts down tournaments
Icy road conditions was the only way to slow down two red-hot local boys high school basketball teams.
Slick conditions caused the postponement of three tournaments involving teams from the Democrat’s coverage area.
Top-seeded Sacred Heart was set to face Higginsville in the championship game of the Slater Wildcat Classic on Saturday night. Instead, the Gremlins must wait until Wednesday night to play for the title.
“I was sure looking forward to playing,” Sacred Heart coach Steve Goodwin said of Saturday’s game. “Nothing you can do about the weather. We’ll just get ready for the next game.”
The Smithton Tigers are Sacred Heart’s next scheduled opponent on Tuesday night at Sacred Heart School. The contest will determine which team will be in the driver’s seat for the regular-season Kaysinger Conference championship. Both teams are undefeated in conference play.
The Tigers were also scheduled to play for a tournament championship Saturday night — facing Sweet Springs for the Leeton tournament crown.
“I’m disappointed,” Smithton coach Rich Pond said. “We played a pretty good game Thursday night (in a 61-60 win over Leeton in the semifinals). We didn’t play real well in the fourth, but we still came away with a victory.”
No makeup date for the Leeton tournament was announced by 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Cooper County Activities Association tournament championship round at Higbee was also postponed Saturday. No makeup date has been announced.
The Slater tournament announced its makeup schedule on Saturday, though.
The Sacred Heart girls will meet Santa Fe for the consolation trophy at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the boys championship game between Sacred Heart and Higginsville.
The remainder of the tournament is set for Saturday.
At Leeton, La Monte will face Miami for seventh place on the boys bracket. On the girls’ side, Sweet Springs will meet Crest Ridge for the championship, and Smithton and La Monte will play for third place.
When the CCAA tournament resumes, Otterville’s boys and girls teams will play for third place. The boys will face Higbee and the girls will meet Jamestown.
Jamestown and Prairie Home — led by former S-C coach Cary Bibb — will meet for the boys championship, and the matchup for the girls title pits Bunceton vs. Prairie Home.
The showdown for first place in the Kaysinger Conference boys basketball standings is set for Tuesday when state-ranked Sacred Heart will meet Smithton at Sacred Heart School.
The second-ranked team in Missouri Class 2, Sacred Heart carries a 16-0 record into Tuesday’s showdown. Smithton (15-1) has won 14 straight games since losing in the semifinals of the Tipton tournament in December.
Smithton (6-0) holds a one-half game lead over Sacred Heart (5-0) for first place in the conference standings.
Two other teams have a shot at the title. Tipton (13-4) is 6-1 and in third place, and Cole Camp (7-12) is 4-2 and in fourth place.
The Gremlins appear to have an easier road than the other teams. While they play all three Kaysinger games on the road, the Gremlins’ opponents are a combined 6-14 in league play.
Sacred Heart goes to Northwest (4-12, 1-5 Kaysinger), Stover (6-12, 2-5) and Windsor (8-7, 3-4) to finish the season.
While Smithton only has two league games remaining, it will face the third- and fourth-place teams. Smithton closes with road games at Tipton and Cole Camp.
Tipton has one more tough game on its schedule. After going to Northwest, the Cardinals will host Smithton to conclude conference play.
Cole Camp hosts Stover and Smithton and visits Windsor. The Bluebirds would likely need to win out to have any chance to earn a championship.
On the girls side, four teams have only one conference loss, as league play winds down.
Windsor (12-5) is first at 7-1, and Cole Camp (15-5), who beat Windsor on Thursday night, is second at 5-1.
Sacred Heart (9-7) and Tipton (12-5) are tied for third at 4-1.
Windsor has only a makeup game against Lincoln (0-15, 0-6) left on its schedule to secure at least a share of the title.
The other three teams have more work to do.
Cole Camp has a road game remaining at Stover (11-7, 4-2) and home games against Tipton and Smithton (5-11, 4-2).
The Gremlins host Smithton, go to Northwest and will play home games against Stover and Windsor.
Tipton has matchups against Green Ridge and Smithton and a road game at Northwest.