CAPE GIRARDEAU - Despite missing its top three players due to injuries, the Central boys basketball team still posted a 65-42 victory Friday night against visiting New Madrid County Central.
Center Darnell Wilks, guard Eli Harris and guard Alex Ray all were sidelined.
"We had so many other guys step up," said Central coach Derek McCord, whose squad improved to 7-8. "It was a great team effort."
Freshmen Jajuan Bell and Jeremy Kimble, who had been receiving spot varsity action, split time at point guard and combined for 21 points. Bell had 16 points and hit all three of his 3-point attempts.
"The two freshmen were great," McCord said.
Anthony Hempstead had 14 points and 15 rebounds, as Central held a 35-18 rebounding edge. Jared Thomas added 10 points.
The Tigers led just 40-34 after three quarters but iced the victory with a 25-8 fourth-quarter edge.
Central's 1979-80 boys basketball state championship team was honored at halftime.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Casey Petzoldt scored 20 points to lead Saxony Lutheran in a victory against visiting Oran.
Alex Jauch added 15 points. Saxony (9-2) played without starting center Tim Lorenz, due to illness, but was able to gain an 18-point lead by the middle of the fourth quarter.
Oran's top scorers were Chase Seyer (14 points) and Chris Asmus (10).
Kelly improved to 10-4 with their ninth win in their last 10 games.
MARBLE HILL - The Woodland Cardinals (5-8) were able to take a deep breath and relax after winning by the skin of their teeth.
Meadow Heights came in and made a game out of Friday night's contest and the Cardinals were able to squeak out the one-point win.
"We made three of four free throws down the stretch to win," explained Woodland coach David Mirly. "We were down by five with 1:30 to go in the game.
"We picked up our pressure on defense and were able to create some key turnovers to get the win."
A game which went back-and-forth the entire night was tied after one, saw Woodland ahead at the half and then saw Meadow Heights with a one-point lead after three.
"We prevented second-shot opportunities and that really helped us out a lot," Mirly noted. "The key moment in the game was when Zach Winchester came in for Cody McCraw.
"McCraw sat the bench the entire second quarter with foul trouble. Zach came in and scored seven big points for us - that was the key to the game."
Woodland has a week off before traveling to Bell City on Friday, Jan. 18.
PUXICO - A third quarter debacle prevented the Puxico Indians from picking up their 12th win of the season.
The Indians (11-5) trailed 40-28 at the half, but were able to pull back within five midway through the third period.
"We came back to within five points in the third quarter," said Puxico coach Chad Allen. "Then we had a defensive breakdown and then they just got a god lead on us.
"We played with them for the majority of the ball game and did a good job. Hopefully we'll bounce back and play well against Dexter."
The Indians travel to Dexter to play the Bearcats on Tuesday (Jan. 18).