The Scotland County girls and Knox County boys are headed for the Class 2 state quarterfinals in Moberly on Saturday afternoon, after taking sectional victories on Wednesday night at Macon High School.
Scotland County, the Tri-Rivers girls champion, defeated the Monroe City Lady Panthers, 61-51, as Maddie Brassfield and Calesse Bair combined for 21 second half points (including five three-point shots), in improving the team from Memphis to 26-1. Scotland County, on Saturday at 12 o’clock, will take on New Franklin at Moberly Area Community College, with the winner earning a spot in the Class 2 “Show-Me Showdown” next weekend in Columbia. New Franklin earned its spot opposite Scotland County with a 59-41 victory over Iberia.
The Knox County boys, under Head Coach Zach Summers, have been a team built upon “Havoc”. That is the term given to the Eagles full-court, in-your-face pressure defense that wilts opponents, and has led to great success for the Edina school.
On Wednesday night, things started in difficult fashion for Knox County, with hot shooting from the Canton Tigers putting the Eagles in a mid-second quarter hole. However, by late in the second quarter, and throughout the second half, Knox got Canton rattled with its pressure, as a 34-19 advantage after halftime sending Knox County to the quarterfinal round, courtesy of a 57-53 victory. Knox County, on Saturday at 1:45, will play Iberia at Moberly Area Community College. Iberia, in Wednesday night’s sectionals, beat Westran 62-48.
Other Class 2 sectional scores from Wednesday night were:
Nellyville 76, Scott County Central 42
Clopton 69, Viburnum 33
Gainesville 61, Crocker 52
Crane 67, Miller 35
Skyline 68, Adrian 56
Santa Fe 57, North Platte 53
Bloomfield 54, Thayer 52
Clopton 69, Ellington 33
Hartville 47, Mansfield 37
Purdy 66, Marionville 61
Skyline 59, Rich Hill 57
Wellington-Napoleon 63, Penney (Hamilton) 51