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  • Class 1 Boys
    Eminence edges Stanberry for boys Class 1 title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Adams scored 24 points and Cole Keeling blocked a potential game-winning shot as time expired, lifting Eminence to a 62-60 victory Saturday over Stanberry in the Class 1 Boys Championship.
    Trailing 62-59 with 6.5 seconds remaining, Stanberry's Jacob Heddinger drew an intentional foul dribbling past midcourt and made one of two free throws to get within two. Heddinger then received the ensuing inbounds pass and handed the ball to Cole Gage, whose 3-point attempt at the buzzer was rejected by Keeling.
    Adams' conventional three-point play with 1:31 left put the Red Wings (27-5) ahead 58-55.
    Reid Osborn finished with 14 points for Stanberry (23-8), which trailed from the 5:15 mark of the first quarter until Daniel Hailey's fadeaway jumper with 7:33 remaining tied the score at 44.
    Class 1 Girls
    Free throws lift Walnut Grove in Class 1 final
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Heather Harman's 20 points included a game-winning free throw with 1.1 seconds left, rallying Walnut Grove to a 47-46 victory Saturday over Chamois in the Class 1 Girls Championship.
    Miranda Brandt led Chamois (23-8) with 31 points and 13 rebounds, setting up Harman's clutch free throws after driving the length of the court for a layup with 34 seconds left.
    Lexi Harman, Heather Harman's cousin, added 13 points and seven rebounds for Walnut Grove (30-2), which lost to Eminence 36-35 in last year's final.
    Paige Nolte had 12 rebounds for Chamois, whose only two state playoff appearances have come in the last two seasons.
    The teams combined for 13 ties and 13 lead changes, and neither team led by more than four points after Chamois scored the game's first six points.
    Class 2 Boys
    Salisbury beats West Platte 70-46 in Class 2 boys
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Austin Wyatt scored 21 points and Austin Francis added 20 to lead Salisbury past previously undefeated West Platte 70-46 Saturday in the Class 2 Boys Championship.
    The Panthers (30-1) used a 22-3 first-half run to build a 38-19 lead at halftime over the Blue Jays, who played without leading scorer Adam Roe. Roe averaged 20 points per game but injured his knee late in West Platte's 57-48 semifinal win over Iberia on Thursday.
    Bryce Cashman led West Platte (30-1) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the 6-foot-10 center fouled out with 5:17 remaining.
    Salisbury shot 26-of-50 from the field and capitalized on a 24-14 turnover advantage, outscoring the Blue Jays 38-10 in points off turnovers.
    The win gave the Panthers their first state championship.
    Class 2 Girls
    Crane tops New Haven for girls Class 2 title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Maggie McMenamy scored 13 points and Riley Israel added 12, helping lift Crane past New Haven 55-45 in the Class 2 Girls Championship on Saturday.
    Page 2 of 3 - Allie Hagler's free throws with 1:22 remaining capped a 15-3 run over 6:08 to put the Lady Pirates (30-3) ahead 52-42 — their biggest lead of the day — while New Haven scored only seven points in the final quarter after leading 39-37 with 7:30 left.
    Rachel Steinhoff had 26 points for the Shamrocks (21-11), who finished runners-up for the second consecutive year despite shooting 15-of-29 from the field. New Haven missed six of their 10 shots from the field in the second half.
    The title was the first in school history for Crane, which outscored New Haven 18-3 in points off of turnovers.
    Class 3 Boys
    College Prep at Madison wins Mo. state title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Martavian Payne scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures for College Preparatory at Madison, which beat St. Pius X (Kansas City) 67-52 Saturday in the Class 3 Boys Championship.
    The Bears (31-2) also led 22-17 at the half despite shooting 7-for-21 from the field, including misses on all seven 3-point attempts. But they scored the first five points of the second half, and the Warriors (22-7) couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
    Nicholas Morgan led St. Pius X (22-7) with 15 points.
    Bears coach Tony Irons and four starters led St. Louis' Imagine College Prep to a fourth-place finish a year ago in Class 4, but were forced to relocate after state education officials closed the school.
    Class 3 Girls
    Lutheran defeats Cameron in Class 3 girls
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Hannah Leppien scored 25 points to lead five players in double figures, helping Lutheran (St. Peters) defeat Cameron 80-68 Saturday in the Class 3 Missouri Girls Championship.
    After Cameron's Ashli Lykins scored the first basket of the game, the Cougars (28-4) responded with eight points and never trailed again en route to their first state championship.
    Lykins finished with 26 points, and Melia Richardson added 24 for Cameron (20-12), which made its first state title appearance.
    The game featured a start-and-stop pace thanks to a combined 76 free throws and 50 fouls between the teams. Lutheran shot 32 of 44 attempts from the line, breaking the Class 3 playoff record for made free throws.
    Cameron finished 19-of-32 in free throws after making four of 11 attempts in the first half.
    Class 4 Boys
    Republic beats Normandy for Mo. Class 4 title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cody Geiger scored 20 points, including two last-minute free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Republic past Normandy 54-51 in the Class 4 Boys Championship on Saturday.
    Gerard Fuller led Normandy with 14 points, but his rushed 3-point attempt at the buzzer to tie came up short. Kevin McLemore, whose brother, Ben, leads No. 7 Kansas in scoring, added 13 while Terry White contributed 12.
    Republic (28-4) scored the first 10 points of the final quarter to take a 46-42 lead, but trailed once again after White's layup put Normandy (20-9) ahead 49-48 with 1:38 remaining. Dylan Bekemeier answered with two free throws, and the Tigers scored their final six points from the charity stripe to hold off the Vikings.
    Page 3 of 3 - Republic used a 50 percent (18-for-36) shooting performance from the floor to win its second title in school history.
    Class 4 Girls
    Incarnate Word beats Webb City for Class 4 title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the undefeated Incarnate Word beat Webb City 63-22 Saturday in the Class 4 Girls Championship.
    The Red Knights (31-0) opened the game on a 14-2 run and outscored Webb City 25-5 in the second half to win their fifth title in school history and their third in four years.
    Collier finished 9-of-10 from the floor and made all six free throw attempts to tie her season average in scoring. Incarnate Word totaled 17 assists on 50 percent overall shooting (23-of-46).
    Desirea Buerge led the Cardinals (25-6) with eight points and nine rebounds, all in the first half. Webb City shot 8-for-40 from the field, including 2-for-18 from behind the arc.
    Class 5 Boys
    Rockhurst beats DeSmet 73-59 in Class 5 title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Wolf scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Rockhurst to a 73-59 win Saturday over DeSmet in the Class 5 Boys Championship.
    Wolf's conventional three-point play with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter gave Rockhurst (26-5) a 7-5 lead, and it was one it would keep for good. Wolf finished with 19-for-34 shooting in his final two games as a Hawklet after his 21-point, 14-rebound performance in the semifinals Friday.
    James Barton scored 20 points and Nolan Berry added 16 for DeSmet (25-7), which ended the first half on a 10-2 run to narrow its deficit to 33-27. But the Spartans couldn't get any closer than seven in the second half after Rockhurst's Conner Kuhlmann hit a 3-pointer to open the third quarter.
    Class 5 Girls
    Rock Bridge tops St. Joseph's Academy for title
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 16 points and Cierra Porter grabbed 11 rebounds to help Rock Bridge defeat St. Joseph's Academy 45-38 for its second consecutive Class 5 girls championship.
    Rock Bridge (25-5) trailed 36-30 with 6:13 remaining but scored the next 12 points, including Audrey Holt's short jumper with 3:08 left that gave the Bruins their first lead since late in the first quarter.
    Erin Nelson led St. Joseph's Academy (23-6) with 22 points, and her 15 first-half points gave the Angels a 25-15 lead at the break. Sydney Stipanovich grabbed 10 rebounds, but the school fell short of tying the state record for titles (7). Its last championship came in 2004.
    Rock Bridge made six of its nine shots in the final quarter after starting 10-for-35.

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