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Marion County And Canton Advance To Show-Me Showdown


Marion County And Canton Advance To Show-Me Showdown

By David Sharp

   Canton (28-2) punched their ticket to the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown
II with a strong finish at the Class 2 Union Sectional to a 50-43 victory over
Laquey. The Lady Tigers led by as many as 12 points before being tied in the
second half.

   Canton takes on New Franklin (28-2) at 2PM on Thursday, March 19
in the Class 2 girls’ semi-finals. The Lady Tigers advanced by beating
perennial playoff participant Clopton 59-37 in the District 6 finals.

   The Lady Tigers blasted Perryville St. Vincent 71-40 in the Sectional

   New Franklin earned their final four bid with a 44-34 overtime
victory over Marceline (22-6) in the Marceline Class 2 District 14 title game.

   The Bulldogs scored the first eight points in overtime after Sam
Ginter forced the extra session with a three pointer 15 seconds away from the
fourth quarter buzzer.

   New Franklin is the smallest Class 2 basketball school in Missouri.
The Lady Bulldogs knocked off defending Class 2 girls’ champion Hamilton-Penney
by a 37-35 final score in the Kirksville Class 2 quarterfinal.

   New Franklin led 19-5 at one point of the first half. The Lady
Hornets trailed 19-7 at the half. Penney’s previous season low first half point
production was 16.

   Track star Lindsey Vollmer launched Penney (25-5) to a 34-33
lead with a home run ball at the 2:05 mark of the fourth quarter.

   New Franklin center Sydney Lee scored the game winner with four
seconds to play in the game on an offensive board.  The other defending Class 2 champion at the Kirksville
quarterfinal rolled to an 80-57 win.

   Harrisburg (26-4) pounded a quick Hamilton-Penney (25-5) on the
boards and in the lane for their 12 mile trip to Columbia. Max Manning scored a
game high 23 Bulldog points.  Husky
center Mason Hardin hammered home 19 Harrisburg points. Trevor Dixson led the
Hornets with 13 points.

   Harrisburg advanced with a 71-43 win over Knox County (20-8) at
the Moberly Sectional. Dennis Dent led the Eagles with 13 points and six
rebounds. Mitchel Penn scored nine points with seven rebounds. Max Manning led
Harrisburg with 22 points.

   A complete game story of the Eagles’ final basketball game of
2008-09 can be found in the Edina Sentinel, or on the Internet at

   Palmyra (27-3) led by four points in the fourth quarter of their
Class 3 boy ‘s quarterfinal at Hannibal but lost 61-52 to Whitfield (19-12).
The Panthers made the playoffs by holding off a South Shelby fourth quarter
rally for a 53-52 district win.

   Palmyra torched Blair Oaks (21-8) by a 57-33 margin in the
Sectional round. Marion County will be represented at the Show-Me Showdown II,
scheduled for March 19-21 at the Mizzou Arena at Columbia.

   The Marion County Lady Mustangs rolled to the Class 1 girls’
semi-finals with a 43-27 win over Keytesville 
(16-13) at the Marshall quarterfinal. The youthful Lady Mustangs
recovered from a jittery start with an aggressive 7-0 run to a 9-4 first
quarter lead.

   Marion County (26-4) paced the first half 19-11. The Lady Tigers
trimmed the margin to 24-22 with good perimeter shooting. The Lady Mustangs
used superior size and depth to outscore Keytesville 19-5 from the 2:17 mark of
the third quarter to the final buzzer.

   Jessica Redd led Marion County Past Keytesville with 17 points
and nine rebounds. Jordan Johnson was next in line with seven points and nine
rebounds. Heidi Koehl led the Lady Tigers with 13 points and 12 boards.

   Marion County will face Bakersfield (20-8) on Thursday, March 19
at 7:50PM in Class 1 girls’ semi-final action. Exeter and Jefferson County are
the remaining Class 1 girls’ semi-finalists.

   Newtown-Harris (28-1) upended defending state champion Jefferson
72-56 in the St. Joseph Sectional then topped Mound City 62-41 for their trip
to the Class 1 boys’ semi-finals.  The
Bulldogs will play Chadwick (25-4) at 6:10PM, just before the Marion County
game on Thursday evening.

   Glasgow defeated Meadville (26-4) at Marshall by a 74-47 score.
The Yellow Jackets (25-5) earned the right to challenge Class 1 championship
favorite Scott County Central (27-2) at 4:30PM in the other Class 1 boys’ semi.
The Hawks blasted Harrisburg by over 30 points in the MFA Breaktime Shootout
earlier this season.

   The Class 1 boys’ state championship game is slated for
Saturday, March 21 at 12:20 PM followed by the girls’ first place game at 2PM.

   The Class 2 championships will be determined on Friday, March 20
beginning with the boys’ game at 12:20PM followed by the girls’ championship
contest at 2PM.

   Class 3 championship games are scheduled for March 21. The boys’
fist place game tips off at 4:30PM followed by the girls’ contest at 6:10PM.