North sweeps all-star games
In two highly-competitive senior all-star basketball games, the North swept the South in Lions Club District 26-M5 contests Saturday in the Ashford Gymnasium on the Gibler Cam-pus of Missouri Valley College in Marshall Saturday.
The North edged the South 76-75 in the girls' game. The North pulled away late in the se-cond half to beat the South 85-75 in the boys' game.
The girls' game was tied 69-69 when the North went on a 6-1 run, including a basket from Concordia's Halli Brackman..
Sweet Springs' Brittany Hig-gins pulled the South to within 75-72 with a basket with 46.1 se-conds remaining.
But Concordia's Kamaran Dozler gave the North a four-point lead hitting the back end of a two-shot opportunity from the free-throw line with 10.7 seconds to play.
The South had one last gasp, Mollie Williams of Lee's Sum-mit nailing a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left.
The South stole away the ball on the inbounds pass, immediately calling a timeout.
The inbounds pass went to Montrose's Kendall Hart, whose shot was partially blocked, fal-ling harmlessly short of the rim as time ran out.
Van Horn's Camilla Neumann led the North with 20 points. Lawson's MacKenzie McNeely added 18 and Law-son's Kayla Glenn 13. Brack-man scored eight points, all in the second half, and Dozler the difference-making free throw. Orrick's Miranda Williams also had one point. Wellington's Megan Beckemeyer played but didn't score.
Higgins paced all scorers with 23 points. Kendall Hart of Montrose added 12.
In the boys' game, the North led 37-30 at the half. The South rallied to grab a lead midway through the second half, but the North regained the upper hand late in the game.
Eric Gant of Oak Grove led the North with 16 points. Cale Brunkhorst of Concordia scored all seven of his points in the second half. The Orioles' Chris Latty hit two three-pointers, and Santa Fe's Ben Nienhueser had four points.
Smith-Cotton's Connor Moriarty led the South with 20 points. Chilhowee's Merced Cisneros added 13 points and Crest Ridge's Jordan Erisman 12, including a dunk just before the final buzzer. Sweet Springs' Colby Dohrman scored two points.