Smith-Cotton Tigers 69, Hickman Kewpies 66
For the Smith-Cotton Tigers, it’s good to be home.
Smith-Cotton advanced in the opening round of the tournament for the first time since they last hosted the Class 5 District 9 basketball tournament in 2012. They edged Hickman in overtime 69-66 Monday in Sedalia.
The Tigers led by as many as 13, but endured a Kewpie run that left both teams wrestling for the lead into overtime.
Head coach Brian Scanlon said the team did not get nervous as both teams exchanged leads late.
“I just told them to stay with it,” Scanlon said. “That was pretty crazy.”
In the second quarter, Bryson Couch hit a three, and gave Smith-Cotton their first lead of the game, 14-12, with a field goal on the block.
Couch scored eight of his 14 points in the third quarter. He cut toward the basket and converted on a layup to make the score 39-28 with 2:20 to play in the third.
Scanlon said Couch’s strengths worked against the Hickman defensive scheme, and to the Tigers’ favor.
“We told Bryson (Couch) all year, ‘be ready when your number is called,’” Scanlon said. “The kind of game Hickman was playing there with the trapping – Bryson does a pretty good job scoring – it was a good time to put him in the game and let him do some things.”
The Kewpies applied on-ball pressure to Zion Buckner in late possessions. Buckner escaped a full-court trap and sank a pair of free-throws to seal the Smith-Cotton victory in overtime.
Dante Scroggins led the Tigers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Buckner scored 13 with five rebounds and assists each.
Jaduante Sutton led the Kewpies with 19 points. Beasley had 17 points and Chase Thomas scored 14.
Calvin Hubbard nearly ended the Tigers twice. His putback with 36 seconds to play put the Kewpies up two. After a Smith-Cotton timeout, Scroggins drove to the bucket and tied the game at 57.
Smith-Cotton opened the game with two straight turnovers.
Kendall Weymuth scored the first points for the Tigers more than four minutes into the game.
With one minute left in the first, Buckner tied the game at 9 with a 3-pointer.
A pair of Scroggins free throws put the Tigers up 18-15. Minutes later, Scroggins answered a Sutton three with one of his own.
Smith-Cotton called timeout after another Sutton 3-pointer cut the lead to four. Hickman ended the third quarter on a 16-4 run and led 42-41 going into the fourth.
Grant Beasley and Aidin Rolley scored on fast-breaks in consecutive possessions to give Hickman a 53-48 lead with more than three minutes to play.
Buckner cut the Tigers’ deficit to one point after rebounding a Scroggins 3-point attempt and draining one of his own.
In overtime, Scroggins scored seven and Buckner had five from the free-throw line. Hubbard almost tied the game with a last-second corner three, but it bounced off the rim.
Smith-Cotton was 12 of 15 at the charity stripe and shot 50 percent from the field.
The Tigers face Rock Bridge at 7:15 p.m. today.
Hickman Kewpies 43, Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers 29
Courtesy of Sedalia School District 200
The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers used an 11-1 run to draw within a single point at the start of the fourth quarter, but Blue Springs fought back to claim a 43-29 win Monday night in the Class 5, District 9 playoffs in the S-C High gym.
After S-C’s rally, the Wildcats ran off 11 consecutive points, sparked by junior Camryn Swanson, who drained a three-pointer then made a pair of free throws on the next Blue Springs possession. They were Swanson’s first points since the first quarter, when she scored 11 to pace Blue Springs to an early 20-7 lead.
The Lady Tigers got their offense in gear in the second quarter. Senior Cheyanne Tumlinson hit a deep three to cut Blue Springs’ lead to 22-17 with 1:20 left in the first half, but sophomore Reggie Kanagawa responded with a bucket to make the score 24-17 at the half. Jasmine Tauai started the second half with a pair of baskets for the Wildcats, then the teams went scoreless for the next three minutes before S-C launched its run with a putback by Monique Grant, a steal and layup by Kiara Williams, a Tumlinson three and a post-up bucket by Darby Christian.
Swanson led all scorers with 18 points; Madison Sykes added 13 for the Wildcars. S-C was paced by Tumlinson’s 14 points.
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