The Hickman boys basketball team beat Smith-Cotton 53-32 on Thursday night in the Dairy Queen Shoot-Out in Marshall. The two teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter. The Kewpies (2-0) outscored the Tigers 18-5 in the second quarter en route to the win.
"We played good defense, we rebounded fairly well and they were bigger than we are but we battled," Hickman assistant coach Rod Kelly said by telephone after the game.
Sophomore guard Marcus Whitt led the Kewpies with 18 points. They will face the winner of Thursday's Grain Valley-Marshall game in Friday's championship game.
ROCK BRIDGE BOYS BASKETBALL: The Bruins beat Camdenton 81-49 Thursday at the Lebanon tournament in their season opener.
Ricky Kreklow led Rock Bridge with 18 points and six assists. Skylar Tolson scored 16 and Jordan Dressler had 12 points and six rebounds. Trey Millard also had six rebounds and Travis Ward had six assists. Kyle Simpson led Camdenton with 17 points.
The Bruins play host Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals.
HICKMAN GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Kewpies fell in their season opener, defeated 62-48 on Thursday at Helias.
Hickman trailed 22-12 after the first quarter and 35-22 at the half.
Chastity Prince and Nicole Schulz led the Kewpies with 14 points apiece, and Aqua Corpening scored 12. Kelly Reinkemeyer led Helias with 17 points.