ORAN -- Dominitrix Johnson scored 36 points, leading second-seeded Bell City to an 84-43 win over Richland in the first round of the Oran Tournament on Monday night.
The 6-foot senior guard put up 18 points in the opening quarter as Bell City jumped out to a commanding 28-6 lead. The Cubs then outscored Richland 26-16 in the second, 22-19 in the third, then 8-2 in the fourth.
Behind Johnson, Randy Conn scored 13 points and Blaine Stewart added 10. Tyler Victor also had an impressive debut, finishing with nine.
For Richland, Georgia transfer Corey Moore led the way with 19 points. Gentry Herrion added 11. Bell City (1-0) will face Twin Rivers in the semifinals on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Richland (0-1) will take on Oran in the consolation bracket tonight at 8 p.m.
Top-seeded Scott City had little trouble with Oran's junior varsity team, thrashing the young Eagles 69-28 in the opening round.
Mark Dannenmueller put on a show, pumping in 26 points to lead the Rams. Tyler Ward added 13 for Scott City.
For Oran, Mason led the way with 16.
Scott City will play the winner of tonight's Kelly-Scott Central game on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Oran's junior varsity will play the loser of that game on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Sophomore Michael Lance picked up where he left off last season, scoring 22 points to lead Twin Rivers to a 76-31 win over Oran in the first round.
Lance was followed by Matt Stanford with 16 and Stockton with 13. For Oran, Garrett Roslen led the way with 14. Ryan Bogue contributed nine.
Twin Rivers will face Bell City in the second round on Thursday at 8 p.m. Oran will meet Richland in the consolation bracket tonight at 8 p.m.
JACKSON -- Sikeston's eighth grade basketball team lost its second game of the season on Monday night, falling 55-30 to Jackson.
The Bulldogs were outscored 15-8 in the first quarter, 11-9 in the second, 14-4 in the third, then 14-9 in the fourth. "We just didn't handle their pressure very well," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "We scored a little better this game, but just never could get into any type of offense. We've just got to get better."
Tommy Strong led Sikeston with 10 points. For Jackson, Grantham scored 16 and Leet had 13.
In Monday's ninth grade game, Jackson defeated Sikeston 71-47. The Bulldogs trailed 53-41, then were outscored 20-5 in the final quarter.
"We will get better with practice," said Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas. "We're just behind right now. We just need to keep playing hard every game."
Tarryl Booker led Sikeston with 10 points. Blake Taylor and Joe Moore each contributed nine.
For Jackson, Meyer finished with 19.
Both Sikeston eighth and ninth grade teams will travel to Poplar Bluff on Thursday.