The senior guard went to the free-throw line with 45 seconds left in the Tigers' CCAA home game against Bunceton and added to a four-point lead by making the first of two shots. Despite missing nine of 16 from the charity stripe during the fourth quarter, Malta Bend held on for a 44-38 victory.
Senior Tim Trelow scored 11 points during the second quarter, the Tigers turning a one-point deficit into 16-9 advantage with three minutes remaining. However, the Dragons closed ground during a helter-skelter third period, getting as close as 30-29.
Lay-ups by Trelow and Armstrong early in the final frame kept Malta Bend in front, and there it would stay.
Junior Kyle Hein led Bunceton (5-14, 3-6 CCAA) with 11 points.
Trelow had 22 points and Armstrong 20 for the Tigers (3-18, 3-8). They go to Stet today, coached by Malta Bend grad and former Marshall assistant Aaron Varner -- whose brother, Jason, coached the Owls' JV against the Cardinals earlier in the week.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sweet Springs closed with an 18-6 fourth quarter to pull away for its sixth straight win Thursday, 77-61 over visiting Hale.
Senior Mike Daniels hit three shots during the third period to bring the Cardinals to within four points entering the final frame, but were limited to two field goals the rest of the way.
Senior Corey Baker had 16 points and Daniels 12 for Hale (15-6), which sank 10 three-pointers during the contest.
Seniors Nick Peeples and Billy Martin each scored 20 for the Greyhounds (14-8), Peeples also collecting 16 rebounds and blocking two shots. Sweet Springs closes out its I-70 Conference campaign today at Orrick.
The Moberly girls saw the opportunity to complete a sweep of the NCMC during Thursday's regular season finale at Marshall, and seized it by crushing the Lady Owls, 74-30.
Junior Tierney Seifert scored 10 of her game-high 14 points during the first quarter, the Lady Spartans rolling to a 31-10 lead. The second period is when they pulled away, sophomore Litisha Allen hitting three shots during a 26-3 splurge.
Moberly (21-3, 12-0 NCMC) had five players score in double figures, including 13 from junior Shelby Sutherland.
Sophomore Jasmine Jackson led Marshall (3-19, 3-9) with eight points. The Lady Owls are the fifth seed in the Class 4, District 8 Tournament at Moberly Area Community College and will begin play Monday against Boonville.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Senior Kristin Jones' 20 points led Sweet Springs to a 58-50 non-conference home win Thursday over a Hale club which had only lost to Top 10 Class 1 clubs this season.
The Lady Greyhounds took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, using three Jones buckets and eight-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line to hold on. The Lady Cardinals threatened, though, with sophomore Michaela Daniels scoring 14 of her 18 points during the frame.
Senior Megan Fisher led Hale (13-8) with 20 points.
Sweet Springs got 11 points from sophomore Brittany Higgins and 14 rebounds by senior Rachel Thornton. The Lady 'Hounds committed only one turnover during the game and enjoyed a 16-2 advantage in scoring from the line.
HUGHESVILLE -- If Northwest of Hughesville needed a little confidence heading into tonight's showdown with Sacred Heart for the Kaysinger Conference title, it got it Thursday with a 48-43 non-conference victory over visiting Slater -- who beat the Lady Gremlins for the Wildcat Classic title Jan. 30.
The Lady Mustangs, though, only shot 23.8 percent from the field and were beaten on the boards (29-21) and in turnovers (27-10) for a gap of 66-42 in field-goal attempts by the Purple. Northwest won big at the free-throw line, though, making 26 of 30 while the Lady Wildcats went 10 of 25.
Senior Meredith Norfleet scored 19 points for the Lady Mustangs (20-2), who made all 12 of their freebies during the fourth quarter as Slater narrowed what had been a 13-point second-half deficit to one point.
The Lady 'Cats (15-7) were paced by nine points each from senior Niki Kruger and sophomore Betty Goodman.
MALTA BEND -- The Malta Bend girls played their third competitive game of the season against Bunceton, but not close enough to ring up their first win of the season Thursday.
The Lady Dragons gradually built a 10-point halftime lead, then stretched it out during a 10-2 third period for a 30-15 CCAA road win.
Senior Courtney Held scored five of her game-high eight points for Bunceton (9-10, 5-4 CCAA) during the opening stanza.
Junior Kelsey Forqueran and sophomore Dawn Gorrell each tallied four points for the Lady Tigers (0-21, 0-11).