DEERING - The Risco Tigers battled lack of numbers and North Pemiscot Tuesday night in the first round of the Tri-County Tournament, losing 65-48.
"Since it was a tournament we had to designate players for varsity and junior varsity and that left us with only eight varsity players," said Risco coach Brandon Blankenship.
After one player didn't go to school Tuesday, Risco was left with just seven players.
"That definitely played a factor," Blankenship said. "(North Pemiscot) plays a lot of people and they are real strong and physical."
Down 35-23 at the half, the Tigers (9-13) didn't lay down to the Mustangs and began battling back.
"We made a run and cut it to five but (B.J.) Flippo hit back-to-back 3-pointers," Blankenship said. "In the fourth quarter we had our two leading scorers on the bench and we got it back to nine but we just didn't have enough gas."
Risco was led in scoring by Darren Martin who finished with 20 while Flippo led all scorers with 30.
"I'm proud of my guys," Blankenship said. "Darren Martin really stepped up and played his tail off tonight but North Pem is a good, strong, physical team."
Risco will not play again until Feb. 27 when they travel to Zalma.
DEXTER - The Dexter Bearcats jumped out to an early lead and hung on to beat Doniphan 63-55 on Senior Night.
"We played a good first quarter," said Dexter coach Eric Sitze after the Bearcats' 22-10 start. "After that we didn't play real well. Both teams turned the ball over a lot. We had a real good effort, it was just real sloppy."
Dexter was led in scoring by Derek Demaree's 24. Chris Guethle and Josh Miller scored 14 and 12, respectively.
Doniphan was led in scoring by 6-foot-7 sophomore Matt Rogers' 21.
Dexter finishes the regular season 19-6 and will play again next Wednesday in the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame against the winner of Notre Dame and Perryville.
BERNIE - The Richland Rebels overcame a slow start to put away the Bernie Mules 61-48.
A slow-paced first half saw the Rebels (6-15) take a 16-12 lead into halftime. Bernie cut into the Rebel lead in the third quarter and trailed 35-34 going into the fourth but a strong Rebel fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
"We didn't stay with our game plan and we made some careless turnovers but all-in-all we did OK," said Richland coach Doyle Denbow.
Corey Moore led the Rebels with 38 points while Bernie was led by Zach Dill and Britt Arnold who scored 21 and 15 respectively.
The Richland junior varsity team also posted a win Tuesday downing Bernie 54-37.
Richland will be in action again Friday when they host the Woodland Cardinals.
JACKSON -- The offensive struggles continued for the Kelly Hawks Tuesday night as they fell to the Jackson Indians 52-35.
Jackson jumped out to a 19-8 first quarter lead before Kelly (9-12) battled back to cut the score to 26-24 at the half. However a comeback wasn't in the works for Kelly as they were held to only 11 second half points.
"Our shooting percentage has been very low lately," said Kelly coach Nick Lanpher. "We've been getting good looks but we're just not shooting well.
"Our rebounding has been way down too and we are not executing very well but defensive-wise we are playing well."
Friday night will be homecoming at Kelly when they host the state-ranked Bell City Cubs.