Tigers from out of town soured court warming for the Smith-Cotton girls basketball team with a decisive 61-30 victory Friday in Sedalia.
Maxlin Wilbanks led Warrensburg with 19 points. Hally Piontek and Alli Rhone scored 14 points apiece.
Darby Christian led Smith-Cotton with 11 points. Kiara Williams had seven points and Monique Grant added six.
Warrensburg outscored the Lady Tigers 37-11 in the second and third quarters.
Smith-Cotton boys run past Warrensburg
It was a quiet night in for Dante Scroggins. The only discomfort he felt all night was fitting the court warming crown upon his tall hair.
“I might need to get a haircut after that,” Scroggins said about the crown’s unflattering effect.
Scroggins posted a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Smith-Cotton 61-48 over Warrensburg.
The 6-foot-7 senior was the final leg of several Smith-Cotton fast-breaks Friday night. Scroggins said there was a reason for that.
“My teammates, they know I like to run in transition,” Scroggins said. “And they like to see me dunk.”
Scroggins banked in a three to make the score 5-2.
With about 35 seconds left in the first quarter, Scroggins finished a Smith-Cotton fast-break with a dunk and made both free throws after a Warrensburg technical foul. The four-point swing gave the home Tigers a 16-11 lead.
A missed Tanner Powell free-throw was tipped in for points by Scroggins to give Smith-Cotton a 14-point lead. The home team entered halftime leading Warrensburg 30-16.
Smith-Cotton drew Warrensburg into several turnovers in the third quarter. Scroggins, a frequent benefactor of the Tigers’ fast break, scored X in the third.
Maison DeVries sank a 3-pointer for Warrensburg late in the third quarter. Smith-Cotton, however, had all but made the fourth quarter a formality with a 20-point lead.
The visiting Tigers crept within 10 in the fourth quarter when Zion Buckner passed across the court Bryson Couch to break the press. Couch converted on an easy layup to make the S-C lead 59-47 with a minute to play.
Couch finished with eight points and four rebounds. Kendall Weymuth added nine points and eight rebounds for Smith-Cotton.
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