SEDALIA — The players on the Jefferson City boys basketball team called out to each other: "Shooter! Shooter!"
Hickman High School sophomore Douglas Johnson had just entered the game late in the second quarter. While the Jays players were right about Johnson's shooting ability, they were unable to stop him.
Class 5, District 9 championship
Rock Bridge (22-4)
vs. Hickman (15-10)
WHEN: 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia
With Hickman ahead by only three points, and Jefferson City gaining momentum, Johnson came off the bench and hit three straight 3-pointers to fuel an 11-point run for the Kewpies to end the first half.
Johnson finished with 13 points in the Kewpies' 74-60 victory against Jefferson City in the Class 5, District 9 semifinals Wednesday night at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.
"Jimmy (Whitt) was just kicking the ball out to me, and he just told me to be ready to shoot," Johnson said. "I like to give the team a spark when I come in the game."
Whitt, who led all scorers with 17 points, knew Johnson was going to have a big night.
"The second he hit the first one I knew he was hot," Whitt said. "I just wanted to ride him and see how long he could go."
Hickman coach David Johnson said that Douglas Johnson's shooting performance was not a surprise to him or the rest of the Kewpies coaching staff.
"Doug knows what he is capable of doing and knows his role on the team," David Johnson said. "If he has an open look, he is definitely going to take it. He has come off the bench and provided sparks for us all year, and it wasn't any different tonight."
Hickman's next opponent is a familiar one. The Kewpies advanced to play Rock Bridge High School Friday night in the district final.
Although the Kewpies haven't been able to beat the Bruins in two regular-season games this year, Hickman is riding a seven-game winning streak entering Friday night's contest.
David Johnson said he is happy with his team's recent play and is looking forward to the rematch against Rock Bridge.
"You always want to be playing well coming down the stretch," David Johnson said. "We just have to keep playing the type of basketball we have been playing, and let the cards fall where they fall."