(LESTERVILLE, Mo.) – Both #2 seeds earned the title in the Black River League basketball tournament finals Friday night in Lesterville. In the girls championship, the second-seeded Ellington Whippets earned an upset victory over the top-seed South Iron Panthers by a final score of 56-48. Ellington took an early lead behind four three-pointers by Ellington’s Tyler Conkright in the opening quarter.
On the boys side, the Lesterville Bearcats edged Ellington 61-51 in a defensive affair. Riley Mathes paced the Bearcats with 18 points, while his brother Vince Mathes contributed 13, including 11 in the fourth quarter.