Tough start hurts Versailles in loss to Father Tolton

It was not the best of starts for Versailles when the Tigers hosted Father Tolton Tuesday night.

The visitors jumped out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 40-18 by halftime in an 84-69 win. Although his club came up short, Versailles coach Jason Ollison was proud of his team’s response to adversity as they outscored the opponent in the final two quarters.

“We did not come out of the gate with as much intensity as we needed to, but I am very proud of how we responded in the second half,” he said. “We took it a possession at a time and were able to compete with one of the better teams in Class 3.”

Coby Williams led the Tigers with a 35-point performance while Wyatt Espinosa finished with 12 and both Jonathon Geier and Ayrton Gennetten chipped in eight.

Versailles (7-5) will visit Buffalo on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Camdenton falls to state-ranked Glendale

The task was tough when Camdenton hosted the state-ranked Class 5 No. 9 Glendale Falcons on the hardwood Tuesday night.

The Lakers trailed by just nine at halftime, but a strong second half from Glendale led to an 80-55 defeat for the Lakers.

“We knew we had to contain Monty Johal and Jordan Walton as best we could and the game ended up being a tale of two halves,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said. “We held Johal to 16 and Walton to four at half and with a few defensive lapses on transition, it’s a closer game than that. The third quarter was our undoing as we allowed Johal and Walton to score a combined 31 of Glendale’s 35 points in the quarter and we could not keep pace.”

A total of nine different Lakers scored to create a balanced offensive attack.

Up next for Camdenton (1-10) is another Ozark Conference battle when Joplin comes to town Friday night at 7 p.m.