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Johnson scores 42; leads Bell City past Bloomfield

Sunday, January 25, 2004

BELL CITY -- Dominitrix Johnson scored 42 points, leading Bell City to an 81-77 victory over an up-and-coming Bloomfield squad on Friday night.

It is the fifth time this season Johnson has broken the 40-point barrier.

"He had 42 points, seven or eight assists and nine or 10 rebounds," said Bell City coach David Heeb. "You can't even measure what he does for our team. Tonight, he missed seven free throws. I don't think we've seen him play his best game yet."

The big night from Johnson overshadowed an excellent game from Bloomfield's Tim Perry, who scored 32 in the loss.

"That was one of the better individual performances of any player we've ever had to play against," said Heeb.

Grant Jones also scored 17 for the Wildcats. For Bell City, Randy Conn had 10. The Cubs (14-2) will be back in action Monday, playing Puxico in the first round of the Stoddard County Tournament.

ZALMA - Corey Moore scored 26 points in helping the Richland Rebels defeat Zalma 77-49 here on Friday night.

Moore buried six 3-pointers on the night, as the Rebels cruised to the easy win.

"He's capable of doing that," said Richland head coach Doyle Denbow. "I keep saying that one of these nights he's going to score 50 points or something and we're going to beat somebody we're not supposed to. He's streaky like that."

Richland (4-11) led 38-22 at the half and extended it to 56-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

Richland also got 10 points apiece out of Jackie Smith and Blake Waters.

Zalma was led by David Hovis with 14 points.

"We're looking better," said Denbow. "We've been down, but the kids are playing good team ball and they're hustling. They're working hard and playing much better."

HOLCOMB - The Risco Tigers evened their record on Friday night with a 56-47 win to spoil Holcomb's homecoming.

Risco trailed 16-12 after one quarter, but fought back to take a 26-21 lead at the half. They maintained a five-point edge at 35-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

"This is three wins in a row," said Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship. "We got all three games this week and got back to .500. This was a big week for us. This was a solid win. It was a physical game. It was Holcomb's homecoming, so they were ready. We had big contributions for many different people. We're coming together as a team."

Risco (7-7, 2-2 Tri-County Conference) was led by Andrew Halford's 14 points. Darren Martin added 11 points.

Risco will host Gideon on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Twin Rivers committed 25 turnovers and Poplar Bluff took advantage to win the Battle of Butler County for the seventh straight year Friday night.

Poplar Bluff scored 36 points off Twin Rivers' turnovers while Tyler Hansbrough scored 34 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, nine on the offensive end, for the Mules (12-6).

Michael Lance scored 24 and Jason Baucom added 22 for the Royals (12-3). In front of a packed Peters Gym with an estimated crowd of 2,400, the Mules used a late spurt in the first half to pull away. Poplar Bluff led 19-17 after the first quarter and jumped out to a 10-point lead with 4:22 left in the half. The Royals used a 3-point play by Baucom and a 3-pointer by Matt Stanford to pull within four with 1:45 remaining.

The Mules answered with a 9-1 run starting with a pull-up jumper by Ben Hansbrough and a one-handed dunk by older brother Tyler after Anthony Gilberto tipped a pass to him on the other end. Gilberto later hit a 3-pointer from the corner after one of Tyler's three blocks while Ben's layup in the closing seconds gave Poplar Bluff a 38-26 halftime lead.

Gilberto finished with 11 points while Ben Hansbrough scored 10 and dished out nine assists.

-- Daily American Republic

EAST CARTER -- The Redbirds have now set up two showdowns for conference titles after Friday's win over Black River League foe Lesterville. East Carter (14-1) will play Twin Rivers on Friday with the Ozark Foothills Conference up for grabs then play South Iron a week later for the Black River League's regular season crown.

Lesterville got 30 points for Carols Day but couldn't stop the Redbirds inside as 6-foot-1 seniors Tyler Stahl scored 24 and David Reynolds had 19.

"We did an admirable job on (Day) and he still got 30," East Carter coach Larry Morgan said. "We got the ball inside a lot (but) I think our defense is what carried us through."

East Carter led by nine after one quarter and 42-27 at halftime. Brandon Crook (knee) returned and scored seven points for the Redbirds, now 5-0 in Black River League play, while Trevor Douglas added five points.

East Carter hosts Twin Rivers on Friday as the final two undefeated teams in the OFC square off. The Redbirds play South Iron the following Friday for Black River braggin' rights then travel to Mineral Area College to play Caruthersville a day later.

-- Daily American Republic

DONIPHAN -- Sophomore Matt Rogers led 14 Dons in scoring with 17 points as the host improved to 1-2 in Ozark Foothills Conference play Friday night.

Doniphan (7-8) hit 11 shots from behind the 3-point line including five 3s in a 29-point third quarter. Five different players connected from downtown for the Dons.

"They just wore us down playing 14 kids," Neelyville coach Charles Patterson said. "In the second half, the 3s started raining down and that got their confidence going."

Neelyville (7-7, 1-3) was led by Reggie Lloyd's 23 points but trailed by nine after the first quarter and 40-26 at halftime. Senior Devin Simms scored 15 points while Brett Reed chipped in 12 for the Dons, who outscored their guest 29-13 in the third quarter.

-- Daily American Republic

PIEDMONT -- Clearwater got off to a good start Friday night behind Jake Eaton's 14 points in the first quarter. The 5-11 junior scored 21 of his game-high 24 points in the first half and also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tigers (6-8).

"He shot it really good and got us off to a good start," Clearwater coach Louis Bell said.

The Tigers led by 12 after one quarter and 32-14 at halftime, then held Bunker to just one field goal the rest of the way. David Ross pulled down 12 rebounds and scored six points for Clearwater, now 2-3 in Black River League play and 1-2 in the OFC.

-- Daily American Republic

BERNIE -- Tyler Ramsey scored 27 points to help rally Puxico past the Mules Friday night. Bernie (2-11) connected on 13 3-pointers but scored just three points in the third quarter as Puxico pulled ahead. The game was tied at halftime 37-all before Ramsey led the Indians (4-10) with eight points in the third frame.

Freshman Doug Johnson hit six 3s for 18 points while sophomore Britt Arnold connected on four from downtown and finished with 20 points for the host Mules. Jesse Townsend added 13 for Puxico while Derek Creasy scored 11.

-- Daily American Republic

HILLSBORO -- Hillsboro won in overtime and handed St. Vincent its first conference loss. Alex Armbruster led St. Vincent (8-4) with 20 points, Danny Rellergert had 16 and Jacob DeWilde added 14.

-- Southeast Missourian

PATTON -- South Iron defeated Meadow Heights on the road in overtime. Sophomore Terry Wagner led Meadow Heights (8-6) with 27 points and Brad Adams added 24.

-- Southeast Missourian