The West Central Cougars travelled to Camp Point Central in their non-conference game. The Cougars jumped out to an early 12-7 lead after the first quarter, but Camp Point responded by holding West Central to just six second quarter points. At halftime Camp Point led 26-18 and looked to add to their lead in the second half, while West Central was in striking distance all game they just couldn’t do enough. Camp Point Central took this one 47-36. West Central has now lost three games in a row for the first time all year.
West Central finished the regular season at 22-7 and they have received a second seed in the White Hall sub-sectional and a top seed in the Raymond regional. The Cougars have received a first-round bye. For this West Central team to make a run in the postseason they will need to get back to where they were before the Christmas break.
The Triopia Trojans travelled to Griggsville-Perry for a conference game. Triopia jumped out to an early lead in this one and they never looked back, Triopia led 23-6 after the first. They then extended their lead in the second quarter to 48-24. After halftime not much changed for this athletic Trojans team, they put up another 23-point quarter to extend their lead to 71-32. For most high school and some college basketball teams they would be very pleased to score 71 points in a game, Triopia did this in just three quarters. The Trojans headed back home with an 87-39 win.
South County travelled to Triopia to play one of the best teams in the area. In this contest Triopia got out to an early lead and never looked back. They took this one 61-37. Triopia moved to 22-6 with that win.
Triopia has received the second seed in the Abingdon sub-sectional and the top seed in the Triopia regional. They have received a first-round bye in their own regional. The Trojans have put together a fabulous year thus far and many expect this year to continue to at least a sectional birth.
Routt took on Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) in a battle of two teams from the same town. Routt came out of the gates hotter than they ever had and ended up beating ISD 71-13. Routt improved to 17-9 on the year, winning seven of their last eight games.
Routt played Beardstown at home in their last regular season game. Routt jumped out to an early lead and held it throughout the whole game. Routt had as big as an 18-point lead early in the second half, but Beardstown made things interesting down the stretch. Routt took this one 56-46.
Routt received a five seed in the White Hall sub-sectional and will have to play a first-round game. Routt is the third seed in their own sectional. Although Routt may not be seeded very high they could be a team to watch out for since they will have the home court advantage.
The Crimsons took on Springfield High School at the Jacksonville High School Bowl. Jacksonville is still seeking their first conference win of the year. In the first quarter Springfield got out to a lead, but Jacksonville would battle back to make it 9-6 Springfield after the first quarter. In the second quarter it looked like Springfield was going to run away with a huge lead, but again Jacksonville would put a couple on the board. Springfield led 28-16 at halftime. At halftime the Crimsons looked to cut Springfield’s lead and get into striking distance and they did just that. With just over 30 seconds left in the game Will Peak went to the hoop and was fouled as he made the basket to make it a four-point Senator lead. Peak would miss the free throw and Springfield would just barely hang on to a 46-39 win.
The Crimsons travelled to Springfield to take on the Lanphier Lions. The Crimsons got out to a slow start as the only bucket in the first quarter would come from Drew Ezard. Lanphier led 17-2 after the first, but they weren’t done as they extended the lead to 39-13 at half. The Crimsons saw some positive in the second quarter as they looked a little more relaxed on the offensive end. The Lions would come out in the second half and score 21 points in the third quarter and take 60-19 lead into the fourth quarter. While the Crimsons were looking for answers in the fourth quarter they just couldn’t find any dropping this game to Lanphier by a score of 78-27.
Illinois College Blueboys traveled to Monmouth in a conference rivalry game. In this one the Blueboys did not get off to a hot start at all going down by over 10 just over a couple minutes in. The Blueboys would make a late push at the end of the first half to cut Monmouth’s lead to 52-32. In the second half Illinois College looked to make a run, but that would not be the case and Illinois College lost to Monmouth 82-60. Mason Speer and David Bauer combined for 26, they each had 13 points. Illinois College shot very poorly from the three-point line only hitting three of their 11 they took.
Illinois College played their last game this season against Grinnell College. It was senior day on campus and the Illinois College Blueboys honored their four seniors: Aaron Edwards, Max Stutsman, David Bauer, and Cody Hildebrand. This game not only marked these four players last game as a Blueboy, but this game was also coach Mike Worrell’s last game coaching the Blueboys. Illinois College got out to an early lead against this very dangerous Grinnell team, they led 40-28 midway through the first half. The Blueboys extended this lead and took a 72-57 lead over Grinnell at half. To start the second half the Blueboys extended the lead to as much as 20 but couldn’t put away this strong offensive Grinnell team. Later in the half the Blueboys were holding on to a three-point lead late in the game and won 120-117. The Blueboys sent Mike Worrell and the four senior players off with a win in their last game. A lot of credit to Isaac Collins, freshman guard from Pleasant Plains, as he had a career high 31 points. With the 31-points Collins hit nine three pointers, making everything he did look smooth. The Blueboys as a team shot 59% from the field in a very impressive offensive day.
MacMurray took on Westminster College in a conference matchup. MacMurray got out to an early 12-2 run, but that didn’t continue much longer as Westminster started to cut the lead down. Midway through the first half MacMurray went on a little run to go up 11, Westminster went on a 12-2 run later in the half to give them their first lead of the game, 30-29. MacMurray went on a 6-0 run right after Westminster’s 12-2 run to take a five-point lead. Both teams went back and forth until the end of the half where the Highlanders led 48-43. MacMurray led by as much as 15 in the second half and they never trailed in the second half as well. The Highlanders took this one 101-93. Kendall Davis and Michael Cameron both finished with 22 points apiece, while Brent Long finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Marshall Corbin also put up 17 points for the Highlanders in this high scoring contest.
MacMurray also celebrated senior day in Jacksonville as they took on Iowa Wesleyan. In this game the Highlanders got off to a slow start trailing by 7 just a couple minutes in, but MacMurray chipped away at that deficit. Iowa Wesleyan then went on a couple of runs and pushed their halftime lead to 60-50. The Highlanders came out firing in the second half tying the game up at 70. Both teams went back and forth until MacMurray ended up on top with a 129-122 win. MacMurray was led by Long as he had 37 points and 12 rebounds. Cameron led the Highlanders in assists with 20. As a team MacMurray shot over 50% from the field.
Routt took on Okawville in the sectional semi-final game in North Greene. Okawville’s tough woman-to-woman defense forced Routt to only score 11 points in the first half. Okawville led at the half 17-11. Although the Rockets struggled on the offensive end their defense is what kept them in this game. Routt came out in the second half firing and they cut their deficit to just two. The Rockets then turned the ball over, which led to easy baskets for Okawville. Routt trailed 29-23 after the third quarter. After both teams exchanged punches in the fourth, Routt went on a cold streak and Okawville expanded the lead to 14. Routt was not able to battle back after that deficit and lost 45-33. For the Rockets Madi Fellhauer ended with 8 points.
The Jacksonville Crimsons played the Lanphier Lions in their first round of regionals. The Jacksonville Crimsons kept the game close in the first half, but Lanphier pulled ahead in the second half to give Lanphier a 62-29 win. The Crimsons struggled all night on the offensive end missing shots that they normally would make. The Crimsons ended their season with a 1-28 record.
Jocelyn Murphy signed her letter of intent early this week to continue her wrestling career at Missouri Valley. Murphy will be walking into some history as Missouri Valley is the oldest women’s wrestling program in the nation. Not only is Missouri Valley the oldest but are also one of the top NAIA programs in the nation, they have produced two Olympians.
Gavin Smith was the only Crimson wrestling in the state tournament this year. Smith lost his first-round match and struggled in the state tournament, he did not place in this year’s tournament, but Smith was battling the flu all week and felt weak. Smith will be known as one of the best wrestlers to come out of Jacksonville High School.