WEBB CITY — Less than 24 hours after a double overtime heartbreaker against Newton County rival Seneca, the Neosho Wildcats returned to action in the 4-State Coaches Challenge against the Lamar Tigers at the Cardinal Dome.
Lamar scored nine of the game’s first 11 points and led 34-14 at halftime en route to a 55-43 win Saturday over Neosho.
The Tigers led 55-36 late in the contest before Neosho’s Cade Cradduck scored the last seven points. Neosho had cut the deficit to 44-34 nearly three minutes into the fourth, but Lamar scored six unanswered to push the lead back to 16 and ease both teams into calling on their bench players.
Ian Moore sparked Lamar with a game-high 23 points, as he knocked down a combination of pull-up jump shots, 3-point shots, and free throws. Moore hit three trifectas on the night and scored 15 of his points in the first half to spark the Tigers to their 20-point halftime advantage.
J.D. Bishop added 10 points for Lamar, who improved to 5-2 on the season. The Tigers have not been too slow out of the starting gates, after their football team won a Missouri state record seventh consecutive state title.
Brady Wise, a night after scoring 32 points against Seneca, led the Wildcats with 11 points and the junior duo of Kaden King and A.C. Marion each netted eight points.
Neosho dropped its eighth straight game to fall to 1-9 on the season. The Wildcats return to action December 27 on the first day of the 63rd annual Neosho Holiday Classic.
Nevada 61, Webb City 53 (OT)
Clay Gayman and Matthew Thompson led the Tigers with a combined 44 points, Gayman 24 and Thompson 20. The 6-foot-6 standout Gayman has signed with NCAA Division I Abilene Christian.
Alex Pickett led Webb City with 15 points, while Alex Gaskill and Grant Ellis finished with 11 and 10, respectively. Tevaris Young and Kyle Nichols added eight and seven, respectively.
Webb City led Nevada 39-35 entering the fourth and then Nevada earned a 53-all score to force overtime.
Webb City remained stuck on 53 in overtime and Nevada improved to 7-1 on the season, with the Tigers’ only loss 62-58 to Joplin in the finals of the Carthage Invitational.
Mount Vernon 67, Frontenac 38
In the penultimate game of the day, the Mountaineers rolled to a 29-point victory behind four players in double figures and a fifth player just two points shy of making it a quintet rather than a quartet.
Cale Miller led Mount Vernon with 15 points, Ty Boswell and Cale Cornell each had 11, and 6-foot-7 senior Kyle Bushman added 10. Toby Huver, listed on the JV roster but not varsity, added eight.
Cornell and Miller each knocked down three trifectas.
Jake Wilbert, meanwhile, led Frontenac with 13 points, while Blayne Baldwin and Daniel Watts each had five.
Mount Vernon and Frontenac each finished state runner-up in football, Mount Vernon in Class 3 in Missouri and Frontenac in Class 4A-Division II in Kansas.
Parkview 64, Pittsburg 60
The Vikings held on close for the four-point win over the Purple Dragons, making just enough free throws down the stretch, as well as defensive stops to keep the Purple Dragons from a comeback.
Tyem Freeman led Parkview with 17 points, while Gage Clark and Dontae Taylor were both not far behind with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Pittsburg’s triumvirate of Marque English, Chase Curtis, and Gavyn Elkamil combined for 51 of Pittsburg’s 60 points.
English led the group with 20 points, while Curtis had 17 and Elkamil 14.
Carthage 69, Walnut Grove 60
Carthage defeated the defending Class 1 state champions and No. 4-ranked Walnut Grove behind a big performance by 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Alex Martini and solid games by Ian O’Malley, Arkell Smith, and Chase Johnson.
Martini led all scorers with 20 points, while O’Malley added 18, Smith 10, and Johnson nine, as the Tigers nearly matched their counterparts with four double-digit scorers.
O’Malley knocked down three trifectas on the night for Carthage.
Dawson Meinders led Walnut Grove with 17 points, then Cole Melton had 16, Logan Thomazin 15, and Ryan Keith 12 for the Tigers.
Thomazin is the reigning Class 1 player of the year and holds the state record for career 3-point goals. He only hit one Saturday against Carthage.
The Walnut Grove girls, a Class 1 school in Missouri, defeated Pittsburg 72-43 in the opening game of the day.