(HILLSBORO, Mo.) Night one of the 62nd annual Gene Steighorst Tournament is in the books and both the number one seeded Hillsboro Hawks and the fourth seeded Festus Tigers advanced to the semifinals in games heard on KJFF Monday night.
In game number one, Festus came away with a double overtime 73-69 win over the De Soto Dragons. It was a rather close back-and-forth game through and through with neither team leading more than three points at a time during regulation. However, that would change in double overtime when the Tigers were able to push through…+++
Tigers head coach Jason Therrell said despite a sloppy performance, a win is a win…+++
Dragons coach Zeb Hammond thought his team played too inconsistenty…+++
Festus was lead in scoring by Daniel Portell with 16 points and Owen Horsley with 15. Topping the list on DeSoto scores was Clayton Snudden and Austin West with 25 points each. The win puts the Tigers at 3-1 while the loss drops the Dragons at 3-3 on the year.+++
Game two saw Hillsboro take care of the eighth seeded Seckman Jaguars from start to finish. Hillsboro got off to a fast start thanks to this play from Gaven Pinkley…+++
Hillsboro would coast the rest of the way en route to a 74-46 victory over Seckman. Head coach Dan Johnson says they have to watch how they play a fast pace tempo…+++
Hillsboro was led in scoring by Gaven Pinkley and Isaiah Martin who both scored 16 points while Dylan Clark led the way for Seckman with 14 points. Hillsboro improves to 3-0 on the season while Seckman falls to 2-3.+++
Hillsboro will battle Festus in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday night while Seckman and DeSoto will play over on the consolation side on Wednesday.+++
The final two first round games will be played Tuesday night with the second seeded Francis Howell Central Spartans playing the seventh seeded Northwest Lions at 6 p.m., while the third seeded Central Rebels will battle the sixth seeded Windsor Owls directly following the first game.