RISCO -- The Risco Tigers fell short of their first win Friday night, losing to the Bernie Mules, 79-47.
The Tigers troubles began halfway through the first quarter, when Bernie knocked down five consecutive 3-pointers. The Mules ended the first with a 29-9 lead.
"We started off decently," Risco head coach Brian Blankenship said. "But, halfway through the first is what hurt us. The second and third quarters we played them fairly even. I'm proud of the fact that we competed and we didn't lay down."
Risco (0-5) was led in scoring by Zack Williams with 11. Chris Williams had nine, while Kyle White added eight with two 3-pointers.
Jake Owens scored 14 points with 12 of those coming from three 3-pointers to lead the Mules. Quinton Stevens had 12 and Silas Dill chipped in 11. Bernie knocked down a total of eight 3-pointers.
The next game for Risco will be against Gideon at home, Monday.
ESSEX - Bloomfield opened the game with three-straight 3-pointers and the Wildcats produced a balanced offensive attack in a 72-62 win over the Richland Rebels on the road Friday.
Bloomfield connected eight times from behind the arc on the night, but it was Kyle Williamson with two and Blake Harris with one to open the game that put the Wildcats on the road to victory.
"Our guys really played with a lot of energy tonight (Friday)," Bloomfield coach Dustin Hicks said. "I felt we set the tone when we opened up the game with three straight 3-pointers from Williamson and Harris."
Williamson finished with 21 points (4 3-pointers), while Leighton Hensley dropped in 20 and Harris netted 14.
"I was pleased with our balance on offense," Hicks added. "It keeps teams from being able to focus solely on Kyle Williamson and Leighton Hensley. We got good minutes from a lot of guys."
Richland tied the game in the third period, but Bloomfield was able to pull away for a 52-46 lead starting the fourth when they increased the advantage to take the win.
Drew Thornton scored a hard-earned 19 points to lead the Rebels.
"We did a really good job of keeping a body on Drew Thornton and making him work hard for everything he got," Hick commented. "Overall, it was the most complete game we've played this season and it had to be because Coach (Casey) Knight has his team performing at a such a high level."
HAYTI -- The Portageville Bulldogs came up short on the road at Hayti Friday night, falling 64 -54.
Portageville (1-2) was in action again Saturday against Twin Rivers at Three Rivers Community College.
CHAFFEE -- Three Woodland players scored in double figures as the Cardinals held off Chaffee for a 55-52 road victory Friday night in boys basketball action.
Adam Cureton and Jordan King each had 13 points for the Cardinals (3-2), while Kyle Reynolds added 11.
SCOTT CITY -- Scott City broke a 19-19 halftime deadlock and improved to 2-0 with the home victory.
Jay Simmons led the Rams with 23 points while Alex King recorded had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Cody Romas and Kody Campbell each finished with 10 points for Oran.
The SEMO News Service contributed to this story.