Tigers find no relief at New Franklin
NEW FRANKLIN -- Malta Bend alumnus Ross Dowell never seems to mind seeing his old team come to town.
It has nothing to do with nostalgia. It's that in his four years as the head boys' basketball coach at New Franklin, he's never lost to the Tigers. The Bulldogs, despite having lost three of their first four games this season, maintained their dominance Tuesday with a 58-17 CAC victory.
All-state senior guard Kyle Ginter took command early in the contest, making six baskets -- including a three-pointer -- and a pair of free throws for 15 points as New Franklin blew out to a 22-5 first-quarter lead. The margin extended to 26 points by halftime when sophomore Ben Hill came off the bench to tally seven points during the second frame.
"Our transition was great," Dowell said. "People were looking for the extra pass and we got a lot of lay-ups from our defense."
Sophomore Coric Gilpin and freshman Matt Kiso accounted for all of Malta Bend's second-period points with bombs, but there were only two more field goals the rest of the game as the Tigers shot six of 40 from the field and only went to the free-throw line six times.
Ginter wound up with 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists for the 'Dogs (2-4, 1-2 CAC), who take on Sacred Heart -- ranked sixth in this week's Class 2 poll -- in the State Fair Shootout at Sedalia Saturday.
Kiso had eight points and Gilpin and senior Jon Madison each pulled down seven rebounds for the Tigers (0-6, 0-3).
Sophomore Jordan Gorrell had scored at least 20 points in each of the Malta Bend girls' five previous games, but a sprained ankle in the first quarter -- combined with junior Amanda Baker's absence with the flu -- crippled the Lady Tigers' offense during a 74-11 loss at New Franklin.
Senior Sarah Moreau connected on five first-quarter shots during the Lady Bulldogs' game-opening 26-2 blitz. Sophomore Kolina Pihana and freshman Kayla Wies combined for 15 points during a 21-2 second set.
Four players scored in double figures for league-leading New Franklin (5-2, 3-0), led by junior Nikki Hyland's 14 points off the bench.
Junior Kiri Wise stepped in and led the Lady Tigers (0-6, 0-3) -- who had fewer field goal attempts (28) than their foe had baskets (32) -- with five points and six rebounds.
Malta Bend is off until Jan. 9, when it hosts Northwestern of Mendon for a non-conference twinbill.
Slater at Paris
SLATER -- The flu bug which has caused Slater to shut down school this week also forced postponement of Tuesday's Lewis and Clark Conference doubleheader at Paris. The makeup date has been set for Jan. 23.
The Wildcats will also postpone Friday's scheduled home clash with Sweet Springs, now to be played on Feb. 3.
The Slater teams are still scheduled to play Skyline of Urbana Saturday in the State Fair Shootout at Sedalia.
Marshall at Cameron
No date could be found for the Marshall boys' and girls' basketball teams to play at Cameron, so the contests -- which were called off due to snow Saturday -- have been canceled.
The Owls are due to host Boonville Thursday, followed by the Marshall girls' home game against the Lady Pirates Friday.