A 30-point, first quarter outburst helped power the Billings boys basketball team to knock off Blue Eye 77-68 in Southwest Central League play Feb. 2.

The Wildcats knocked down five 3-pointers in that first quarter, as they built a 30-19 lead after just one quarter. Billings took a 42-33 lead into the locker room at halftime and led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter before the visitors from Stone County made things interesting in the fourth quarter.

Blue Eye managed to slash that deficit down to single digits late in the game, but the Wildcats were solid at the free throw line to secure the victory.

Luke Johnson paced Billings with 17 points. Tyler Essick scored 16, Grant Groves 15 and Bobby Brown added 15 points for the Wildcats.

Blue Eye’s Andrew Mitchell led all scorers with 24 points. Nathan Garnett scored 16 and Ryan Reagan chipped in 13.

Billings visits Niangua Feb. 9 in non-conference play before traveling to Galena in SWCL action Feb. 13.

Clever girls upset Skyline, stay red hot

The Clever girls basketball team stayed red hot, upsetting state-ranked Skyline and defeating Crane.

First was the big win over Skyline, ranked No. 2 in Class 2, by a score of 60-40 Jan. 29. Abi Menzies scored 22 points to lead all scorers in that game, which was close in the early stages. The Blue Jays led 20-15 after one quarter and just 33-27 at the halftime break.

But Clever pulled away in the second half, going on an 11-2 run in the third quarter and building a 51-38 lead after three quarters. It got no closer from there.

Harper Little scored 14 and Tessa Newman added 11 for Clever. Skyline was led by 16 points from Kaylee DaMitz and 11 from Chloe Cole.

Clever defeated Crane 78-51 in Southwest Central League play Feb. 1. Little’s 29 points led the way in that game, with Menzies and Newman chipping in 17 each. Allie Clevenger scored 11.

The Blue Jays host Sparta Feb. 8 and visit Blue Eye Feb. 12.

Spokane tops Sparta in SWCL girls game

The Spokane girls defeated Sparta 66-19 in a Southwest Central League game Feb. 1. Casey Wallace, one game after setting the state record for most career 3-pointers, scored 20 points to lead the Owls. Zabryna Hodges added 10.

Sparta hosts School of the Ozarks Feb. 9 and Crane Feb. 12. Spokane hosts Forsyth Feb. 8 and Galena Feb. 9. The Owls also host School of the Ozarks Feb. 15.

Jones, Gilbert lead Cardinals in wins

The Chadwick girls basketball team picked up a pair of double-digit wins, defeating Hurley Jan. 29 and Exeter Feb. 2.

Stevi Jones and Lauren Gilbert led the way in both victories. Jones had 15 points, while Gilbert added 11 points and seven rebounds to help the Cardinals defeat Hurley 55-21. Jones poured in 22 points, and grabbed four steals, and Gilbert had 13 boards as Chadwick routed Exeter 52-30.

Chadwick hosts New Covenant Academy Feb. 8 and Niangua Feb. 12.

Trojans top Pleasant Hope in overtime

The Sparta boys basketball team won an overtime thriller over Pleasant Hope, 56-55 Feb. 2.

Pleasant Hope took the early lead, 11-4 after one quarter, but Sparta held the Pirates to just one bucket in the second quarter to carry a 19-14 lead into the halftime break.

The Pirates rallied to take a 35-34 lead after three quarters and had the ball with less than 10 seconds to play in a tie game. But Sparta got a defensive stop to send the game to overtime and, eventually, earn the win.

Sparta hosts School of the Ozarks Feb. 9 and travels to Clever Feb. 13.

Billings rally falls short against NCA

A comeback attempt fell short for the Billings girls basketball team dropped a 54-49 decision to New Covenant Academy Jan. 29.

Elizabeth Gearing scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats, adding nine rebounds and a blocked shot to her stat line. Bailey Groves scored 11 points, while Lizzie Edwards added nine.

Billings dropped a 47-45 decision to Galena in Southwest Central League play Feb. 1. The Wildcats visit Niangua Feb. 9 and Verona Feb. 12.

Niangua knocks off Chadwick Feb.12

Chadwick’s boys basketball team dropped a Mark Twain Conference game to Hurley Jan. 29, falling 75-62. The Cardinals host Niangua Feb. 12.

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