Salisbury denied return to state playoffs
GLASGOW -- Lewis and Clark Conference champion Salisbury's bid to get back to the MSHSAA Class 2 Championships was thwarted Saturday by Harrisburg, which won the District 7 Tournament at Glasgow by a convincing 66-45 margin.
Senior Kyle Fisher tormented the second-ranked Panthers all game, scoring 22 if his 42 points during a 25-10 start. After the Bulldogs' cushion was trimmed to seven at halftime, Fisher tallied seven points during the third quarter and sank 11 of 14 free-throw attempts during the final frame to put Salisbury away.
After losing their season opener to Brookfield, the Panthers (26-2) had won 26 straight games. Senior Scott Humphrey, a Missouri Valley College football and basketball recruit, led Salisbury with 11 points.
Fisher's 1,904 career points passed the school record held by Harrisburg head coach Steve Combs. The Bulldogs (24-4), who reached the Final Four in 2003, will play No. 3 Tipton (26-1) in the sectional round Wednesday at Jefferson City.
Russellville won the rematch of the '05 girls' title clash with a little more breathing room than its three-point decision of a year ago, beating Salisbury (19-9), 48-37.
Senior Krista Duncan's 24 points tipped the Lady Indians (24-3), who meet Lincoln (22-6) in the sectional.
Class 1, District 8
PILOT GROVE -- For the third year in a row, New Franklin swept both the boys' and girls' championships of the Class 1, District 8 Tournament, Friday at Pilot Grove.
After falling behind Pilot Grove by five points in the first quarter, the sixth-ranked Bulldogs used a 29-9 run over the next two frames to pull away for a 61-47 decision. Senior Justin Twenter had 14 points for the Tigers (19-9).
Junior Shawn Cook and Ben Cook combined for 24 points to pace New Franklin (23-5). The 'Dogs meet Grundy County (22-6) in Tuesday's sectional at Harrisburg.
Two stretches of icy shooting left CCAA champion Bunceton out in the cold during its 43-37 loss to New Franklin.. The Lady Dragons (22-5) got a game-high 21 points from senior Sara Petree, but only managed two points in the first quarter and four in the third.
Sophomore Kayla Wies led the No. 3 Lady Bulldogs (26-2), set to play CAC rival Brunswick (21-7) in the sectional, with 15 points.
Class 2, District 14
CENTERVIEW -- St. Paul returned to the playoffs for the first time since '98 by beating cross-town rival Concordia, 48-41, Thursday in the Class 2, District 14 Tournament at Centerview.
The Saints led by 10 points before senior Kyle Knight buried a three-pointer with under a minute to go, finishing with 11 points to pace the Orioles (21-7).
Junior Tyler Bredehoeft scored 19 points for St. Paul (21-6), which takes a six-game winning streak into Wednesday's Warrensburg sectional against No. 10 Osceola (26-2).
The Crest Ridge girls have a chance of making it back to Columbia after finishing fourth a year ago, thanks to their third win of the season over Concordia (21-6), 51-37.
The Lady Cougars (24-3), closing the contest with a 19-3 spree, got 16 points and 12 rebounds from senior Kasey Brooks. Crest Ridge, which tied the Lady Orioles and Santa Fe for the I-70 Conference crown, play seventh-ranked Skyline (26-2) in the sectional.
Notes: While St. Paul is the only I-70 Conference boys' team to win a district title, the Wellington-Napoleon girls defending their Class 1, District 8 championship Friday by knocking off No. 1 seed Hardin-Central, 57-46. The Lady Tigers (13-15), who lost three games to Santa Fe before winning the fourth meeting in the district semifinals, will meet seventh-ranked Leeton (27-1) in the Sedalia sectional Tuesday ... Lewis and Clark Conference girls' champion Westran hadn't been to the playoffs in 12 years, but ended the career of three-time all-state Fayette forward -- and Missouri recruit -- Jessra Johnson in the Class 3, District 8 finals at Moberly, 43-34. The sectional opponent for the No. 6 Lady Hornets (27-1) at Moberly will be Clark County (25-1) ... All four girls' teams in the Class 1 Final Four a year ago returned to the playoffs; three of the four in both the boys' and girls' MSHSAA Class 3 Championships didn't make it back to the post-season ... Defending state champions still alive are North Shelby in Class 1 and Marionville in Class 2 among boys and all three girls' gold medallists: Chadwick (Class 1), Clopton (Class 2) and Pembroke Hill (Class 3) of Kansas City.