LEOPOLD -- Bell City clobbered Leopold on Tuesday night, 79-37, improving to 4-1 on the young season. Eric Henry and Dominitrix Johnson led the scoring charge, finishing with 24 and 22 points respectively.
"I thought that was probably the hardest we've played all year," said Bell City coach David Heeb after the win. "We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people, probably the best we've had by guys other than (Johnson and Henry). That's what we need to keep getting better."
Bell City blew the game wide open early, jumping out to a commanding 20-4 lead in the first quarter. The Cubs outscored the Wildcats 19-11 in the second frame, then turned the intensity up again with a 24-6 run in the third quarter.
"We came out and played really good defense in the first quarter," explained Heeb. "This year we can go pretty deep and not lose a lot. Our bench is really playing well right now."
The Cubs will host Bernie on Friday.
"This team has an unselfish attitude. If we can keep that, we're going to go a long way," said Heeb.
STEELE -- Portageville senior Aaron Bidewell had his "best game thus far," on Tuesday night, according to head coach Jim Bidewell.
Bidewell had 25 points, including three 3-pointers, while leading the Bulldogs (3-2) to an 82-52 win over Senath-Hornersville.
Assisting Bidewell from the floor was guard Willie Hassell with 12 points and Danny Scherer with 11.
"Our kids played well for the first time this year," said Bidewell. "I felt like we played a complete game tonight. This is something we will have to use as a stepping stone."
HAYTI -- Kennett rolled to a 51-31 win over Bootheel rival Hayti on Tuesday night, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Brian Mitchell and Tyree Goolsby led the charge for the Indians, finishing with 12 points each. Alando Edward contributed 11. Hayti shot 0-for-8 from 3-point range and hit just 3-of-10 free throws. Dallas Winda and Wilburn paced the Indians with 10 points each.
MALDEN -- Scott City kept its unbeaten streak alive on Tuesday night, edging Malden 74-70. Tyler Ward led the Rams with 24 points, followed by D.J. Walton with 14 and Andy Beck with 11. James Farr paced the Green Wave with 25.
WOODLAND -- Bernie came from behind to nip Woodland on Tuesday, 62-61. The Mules trailed 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Cardinals 20-10 in the second and 18-15 in the third. Woodland rallied in the fourth quarter, but came up one point short.
Zack Dill led Bernie with 23 points, followed by Chad Woolridge with 21 and Darius Woolridge with 15. Alex VanGennip led Woodland with 15 points, followed by Luke Johnson with 13 and Travis Benfield with 12.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Ryan Delph scored 19 points, leading Cape Central to a big win over Caruthersville on Tuesday night, 58-47. Behind Delph, the Tigers saw nine points from Anthony Harris and 10 each from Will Johnson and St. Louis transfer Scott Chestnutt. Chris Springer paced Caruthersville with 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
(By Jerry Jarrell)
BROSELEY - Dexter continued to struggle, but with grit, determination and a little luck the Bearcats were able to sneak past the Twin Rivers Royals, 50-49, on the road Tuesday night in an exciting, down to the last shot high school basketball game.
Robby Moore had a good look at the potential winning shot for Twin Rivers after the Royals rebounded a missed free throw with five seconds on the clock. The 5-10 senior, who controlled the game for the Royals and scored 12 points, raced the ball up the court and pulled up for at five-foot jumper that just missed the mark as the buzzer sounded.
Willie Dooley led the Bearcats with 16 points, followed by Chris Hyten with 15 and Aaron Guethle with 10. Baucom led the Royals with 15.
Twin Rivers is the top seed and Dexter the No. 2 pick at the 46th Annual Christmas Tournament at Bloomfield this year.