For the second time this week, the Cole Camp girls basketball team beat a ranked opponent, dropping Tuscumbia 66-54 Wednesday in the semifinal of the Stover Tournament.
Tuscumbia trailed by three midway through the third quarter before senior guard Takayla Gunter picked up her fourth foul and had to sit. With Gunter on the bench, Bailey Heimsoth and Rileigh Grunden hit baskets to extend the Bluebirds lead to 51-44. Gunter returned late in the quarter and within seconds picked up an offensive foul to foul out. She had 24 points.
Cole Camp took the lead with a first-quarter run, baskets by Heimsoth and Alyssa Oelrichs made it 15-8 before the Lady Lions went on a run late in the first to make it 15-13.
Cole Camp again jumped out to a six-point lead with baskets from Heimsoth, MacKenze Gudde and Camryn Schear before Tuscumbia again rallied to cut the lead to 34-32 at halftime.
Cole Camp scored the first seven points of the third quarter and led the rest of the way.
“We’ve played better defense the last two games than what we have recently and we’ve shot the ball better,” said Cole Camp coach Rick Grunden. “That’s the whole key is us shooting the basketball.”
Cole Camp had a lot of offensive success shooting from just inside the free throw line.
“They really extend their 2-3 zone up,” Grunden said. “They play kinds of a Syracuse-type 3-2 zone on the front side, up above the arc, but then the backside they play a traditional 2-3 zone, three kids at block level. You could have drove a semi through that line. We talked about that, get to the high post and then score from there or look to attack.”
Heimsoth finished with 24 points. Oelrichs had 13 and Maddi Cook added 11.
Cole Camp will face Stoutland in the championship game on Friday with a chance to beat three ranked teams in a week.
Lincoln 55, Smithton 46
Lincoln beat Smithton 55-46 on Wednesday in the Otterville Holiday Classic.
Lincoln led 18-9 after one quarter and 35-24 at halftime.
Sloan Swearngin led the Cardinals with 29 points.
Jenna Snapp scored 12 for Smithton.
Lexington 69, Knob Noster 44
Knob Noster fell to Lexington 69-44 in the I-70/MRVC Crossover.
Jessica Sader scored 23 for the Lady Panthers. Jessica Yates added nine.
Lincoln 90, Prairie Home 59
Lincoln scored 37 points in the second quarter to beat Prairie Home 90-59 on Wednesday in the Holiday Classic.
The Cardinals led 22-19 after one quarter before jumping out to a 59-37 halftime lead.
Trevor Kroenke led Lincoln with 16 points.
Smithton 79, Northwest 47
Smithton beat Northwest 79-47 Wednesday in the Holiday Classic.
Brandon Amos led the Tigers with 16 points. Drew Apsher added 15 and Garret Dowdy scored 11.
Chandler Crosswhite, Daniel Blaylock and Dallin Townsend each scored six for the Mustangs.
Knob Noster 55, St. Paul 45
Knob Noster beat St. Paul 55-45 on Tuesday in the I-70/MRVC Crossover on Tuesday.
The Saints jumped out to a 13-7 lead after one quarter before the Panthers came storming back, outscoring St. Paul 18-8 in the second quarter to take a halftime lead. Knob Noster then outscored St. Paul 18-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
“(Tuesday) was a great start to a competitive tournament for our team,” said Knob Noster coach Dustin Fox. “I was extremely pleased with our effort all night and especially in the fourth quarter when we got consistent stops and big rebounds to extend the lead.”
Lucas Rincker led the Panthers with 25 points. Chase Hagle added seven.
Elijah Muehler scored 19 for St. Paul.
Knob Noster (4-7) will face Wellington-Napoleon in the second round.
Sacred Heart 80, La Monte 30
Sacred Heart beat La Monte 80-30 on Tuesday.
Trent Lyles led the Gremlins with 18 points. Alden Harding added 15. Colby Young had 14 and Micah Tanguay scored 12 points including a dunk.
Tristan Hackworth led the Vikings with 12 points. Gavin Johnson added 10.
Sacred Heart (10-2) will host Father Tolton on Friday.
La Monte will host Smithton on Monday.
La Monte 48, Sacred Heart 43
La Monte beat Sacred Heart 48-43 on Tuesday in a Kaysinger Conference girls basketball game.
Elayna Ebers led the Gremlins with 19 points. Makenna Beeler added 14.
Sacred Heart will host Father Tolton on Friday.
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