Versailles tops Eldon in Tri-County Tourney

Versailles met Highway 52 neighbor Eldon in the consolation semifinals of the Tri-County Conference Tournament Tuesday night at Osage and the No. 5 seed Tigers walked away with a 70-46 win over the No. 8 Mustangs.

Eldon grabbed the initial lead with a 17-16 advantage over Versailles after the first quarter, but the Tigers made a run, led 37 to 26 at halftime and continued to extend that lead over the final two quarters.

Coby Williams paced the Tigers once again with a 22-point performance while Wyatt Espinosa dropped 11, Jonathon Geier finished with 10 and Sha Leach chipped in eight.

Clayton Moore scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs while pulling down eight rebounds while Chase Fitzpatrick recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds of his own and Logan hall finished with eight points.

Versailles improves to 6-4 and the Tigers will face No. 7 California in the consolation finals for fifth place on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eldon (0-12) will go to battle with No. 6 Warsaw in the seventh place game on Thursday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at School of the Osage.

Climax Springs edges out Macks Creek

It was a nail-biter when Climax Springs hosted Macks Creek on the hardwood Tuesday night, but the Cougars prevailed for their first win of the season in a 54-53 victory over the Pirates.

Climax Springs trailed 11-0 early, but fought back and Jesse McCartney knocked down the game-winning free throw with four seconds left.

“All the kids gave me great effort,” Climax Springs coach James Butterfield said. “I’m really happy with my trio of freshmen guards in Matt Henderson, Cole Smith and James McCartney, They were able to pressure Macks Creek and did a better job of handling our offense.”

Jake Reed had a double-double for the Cougars with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jessie finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and Pake Moppin contributed eight points and nine rebounds.”

Macks Creek stats were unavailable at the time of press.

Climax Springs improves to 1-5 and Macks Creek falls to 5-5. Both teams will be in the Skyline Tournament, which runs from January 6 to January 13.

Osage falls to Blair Oaks in semifinals of Tri-County Tourney

The No. 3 seed Osage boys’ basketball team hosted No. 2 Blair Oaks in the Tri-County Conference Tournament semifinals Tuesday night and fell by a final score of 57 to 36. Osage (6-4) will host Southern Boone in the third place game on Friday at 6 p.m.