EAST PRAIRIE -- The East Prairie Eagles broke out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 59-31 win over Bloomfield on Tuesday.
With the victory, East Prairie improved to 9-3, which already betters the previous season high under sixth-year head coach Jason Irby.
Bloomfield was held to single digits in the first three quarters while the Eagles cruised to a commanding 43-21 lead.
Jordan Sanders (13), who hit all three Eagle 3-pointers, Ben Walters (12) and Anthony Smith (11) led the East Prairie offense.
Chris Battles, the only Bloomfield player in double figures, paced the Wildcats with 13.
Next up for East Prairie is a Saturday afternoon contest at Eminence.
JACKSON - The Jackson boys basketball team tuned up for its highly showdown with Poplar Bluff by easing past visiting Bell City 74-58 Tuesday night.
The Indians improved to 13-0 heading into Friday night's home game with the defending Class 5 state champion Mules.
Jackson held Bell City scoreless in the first quarter while racing to a 16-0 lead and never looked back.
Ryan Mirly and Jack Puisis both scored 11 points, as 13 Indians reached the scoring column.
The Cubs (6-5) received 16 points from Jeff Liggins and 11 from D.D. Gillespie.
"I don't think we looked past Bell City. We knew if we didn't come out ready to play they could do some things and beat us," Jackson coach Darrin Scott said.
"But mentally, it was hard not to think about Poplar Bluff."
Central bounced back from Monday's loss at Caruthersville by knocking off host Perryville.
Thirteen players scored for the Tigers (6-7), led by Alex Ray with 13 points. Also in double figures were David Deisher (12), Anthony Hempstead (11) and Jared Thomas (10).
The Pirates (4-8) received a game-high 21 points from Milan Klaus. Phillip Buerck added 14.
Casey Petzoldt led the Crusaders with 23 points in a home win.
Saxony Lutheran (8-1) trailed 28-25 at halftime, but used a 20-14 third-quarter scoring advantage to grab the lead.
Lauren Lueders added 14 points for Saxony Lutheran. Austin Hahs led Oak Ridge (1-9) with 18 points, and
Johnny Price scored 12.
St. Vincent piled up a 27-4 first-quarter lead and cruised at home.
The Indians (3-4) were led by 17 points from Jacob DeWilde and 16 from Danny Rellergert. Point guard Alex Armbruster had a huge night with eight points, 15 assists and 15 steals.
Chase Seyer paced the Eagles (0-7) with 15 points.
BERNIE - With star player Zach Dill in street clothes Tuesday night, the Bernie Mules came up short on offense, losing 47-43 to visiting North Pemiscot in the final minutes of the game.
Turnovers and bad shots plagued both teams all night in a game where neither team appeared to find their rhythm.
Despite Bernie's troubles from the behind the arc, they kept the game in check, with Britt Arnold tying the game at 39-39 with 2:15 left in the fourth.
That was as close as they would come to seeing the lead in the second half after leading at the end of the first quarter and half-way into the second.
The majority of the final two minutes were spent at the free-throw line. North Pemiscot scored its final eight points of the night on free throws.
It was those type of late free throws that did Bernie in, missing several within the final two minutes that could have left the Mules with a chance at a last-second shot.
"Those missed free throws should have put us right there at the end of the game," Bernie coach Morris Karnes said.
"We had some opportunities to start off the third quarter, but missed four shots in a row," Karnes added.
North Pemiscot's Odale Clifton dominated the boards all night, knocking down rebound after rebound giving the Mustangs the edge for the night.
"We don't have anybody that can jump as high as he can," Karnes said about the 6' senior. "He's pretty athletic."
On top of his strong defensive effort, Clifton led the mustangs with 23 points, trailed by Philip Luye who hauled in 6.
The Mustangs needed all those rebounds to offset their struggles at the free-throw line where, as a team, they shot 12-of-23, missing several in the final minute that could have put the game out of reach.
Luckily for the Mustangs, Bernie had similar trouble at the line going 6-16 on the night.
Britt Arnold came up big for Bernie with 27 points on the night.
Their second leading scorer, Marcus Massey, was their only player to come near double digits at 9.
The Mules will head to Advance Friday, where they will try to improve on their current 5-5 overall record.
Brent Shipman of the SEMO News Service contributed to this report.