In the short time that the Penney High School Hornets have been a member of the KCI Conference, a healthy rivalry has developed with Mid-Buchanan High School, with matches between the two, including Saturday’s Class 2, District 16 championship game, bolstered by strong play from both schools.
In Saturday’s game at Maysville High School, the Hornets built a big lead, then held off a Dragon uprising in the fourth quarter, knocking the defending state runner-up out of the Class 2 playoffs with a 63-55 win.
Hamilton sophomore LaTroy Harper had the starring role in Saturday’s district final, scoring 35 points. Jaran Richman had nine and Telly Harper six for the Hornets. For Mid-Buchanan, Hunter Scaggs and Jacob Meikel both had 12 points, with Braydn Kemper scoring 11.
The win sends Penney into a Class 2 sectional on Wednesday night at 7:45 with Wellington-Napoleon, as the Tigers took the spot opposite Penney with a 60-49 victory against Long Jack on Friday night in the District 15 final at Santa Fe High School in Alma, Missouri. The sectional between PHS and WNHS will be played at Staley High School in Kansas City.
In Class 2, District 6, the Tri-Rivers Conference champion Knox County Eagles have moved into the “Round of 16”, after a 55-45 win over the Marceline Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Schuyler County High School in Queen City. The Eagles, on Wednesday night at 7:45, will play the Canton Tigers at Macon High School.