Climax Springs and Macks Creek advance to district semifinals; Camdenton takes down Hillcrest

Climax Springs cruises by Hermitage in districts

The season continues for Climax Springs.

The Cougars were a four seed against No. 5 Hermitage in the Class 1 District 7 Tournament in Weaubleau Wednesday night and had little trouble advancing to the semifinals with a 77-40 win.

“I thought we put together one of our best defensive games of the season,” Climax Springs coach James Butterfield said. “This was a total team win.”

Mark Henderson paced Climax Springs with 19 points, seven steals, six assists and collected four rebounds while Jake Reed had a double-double featuring 17 points and 19 rebounds and Jesse McCartney ripped down 20 rebounds.

Climax Springs (13-12) was scheduled to face top-seeded St. Elizabeth in the semifinals Thursday night and should the Cougars advance, the championship will tip off on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Macks Creek outpaces Wheatland in districts

The third-seeded Macks Creek Pirates began postseason play Wednesday night against No. 6 Wheatland in the Class 1 District 7 Tournament at Weaubleau and the Pirates took care of business in a 79-64 win.

Colton Walter had a career night for Macks Creek with 30 points while both Cole Register and Zane Whitworth added 14 points each. Whitworth also scored the 1,000th point of his career in the process. Meanwhile, Hunter Lane was a force inside the paint again for the Pirates with yet another double-double that included 16 points and 12 rebounds while also dishing out six assists.

Macks Creek (14-11) was scheduled to face No. 2 host Weaubleau in the semifinals Thursday night and a trip to the championship awaits on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., should the Pirates advance.

Camdenton takes down Hillcrest on Senior Night

Camdenton wrapped up its regular season against Hillcrest for Senior Night on Wednesday and the Lakers topped the Hornets 77-64.

“We had eight seniors this year and six of them have played all through high school here at Camdenton,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said. “There was a great crowd and hopefully the crowd will be even bigger and better next week at districts.”

Paxton DeLaurent led the Lakers with 20 points, Kelton Virtue added 14, Luke Eveland finished with 11, T.J. Anderson chipped in nine and Brandon Pasley had eight.

Camdenton (14-11) will be the top seed in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament Tuesday night against No. 4 Springfield Central (0-24) at 5:30 p.m.