THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: High school and college basketball tournaments

Sunday, March 17, 2013 | 6:36 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 17, 2013

COLUMBIA — The best images of the past week from Missourian photographers included Missouri men's basketball's first Southeastern Conference tournament, high school basketball and model trains.

In this photo taken by Greg Kendall-Ball, Ole Miss basketball player Nick Williams tries to block Missouri guard Keion Bell's layup in the SEC quarterfinals Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Missouri blew a 31-24 halftime lead and lost to Ole Miss 64-62.

Roxana Pop captured this image of Jenning Lesher, 5, as he watches trains during the annual Train Show on Saturday morning at Paquin Tower. The event offered small train models for kids to play with and more intricate realistic models for adults. The two main exhibits featured trains made by Lionel and A.C. Gilbert.

In this photo by Whitney Hayward, Hickman sophomore Samuel Fessehaye plays the trombone with the high school band at the Hickman High School pep rally Friday in the school gymnasium. The Hickman boys basketball team went on to finish third in the Missouri Class 5 state finals.

Whitney Hayward also captured this image of Hope International University guard Ryan Jocson, left, as he defends Columbia College guard Devin Griffin in the NAIA tournament Friday in Kansas City. Columbia College went on to defeat Hope International University, but lost in the NAIA national championship quarterfinals to LSU-Shreveport. It was Columbia College's only loss of the season.

Showkat Nanda took this photo of hobbyist photographer Francis Otradovec as he shoots the Pan-STARR comet Tuesday at MU Laws Observatory. The recently discovered comet Pan-STARRS entered the Northern Hemisphere skies March 10 and is expected to brighten even further as dust and gas is shed from its icy surface.

In this photo taken by Amy Stroth, Rock Bridge student Sam "Das Kellah" Keller leads the Rock Bridge student cheering section in a chant during the fourth quarter of the Class 5 semifinals Friday against Blue Springs at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge went on to defeat Joseph's Academy 45-38 for the Class 5 state championship.

Greg Kendall-Ball also took this photo of the Missouri men's basketball team stretching in the tunnel outside the locker room before its game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., during the SEC men's basketball tournament. Missouri fans enjoyed their time in Nashville during Missouri's first SEC tournament.

Amy Stroth also captured this image of groundskeepers at University Field raking the infield between the sixth and seventh innings of the Missouri softball game against Evansville on Wednesday. With the 3-1 win, Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine recorded his 300th win at Missouri.

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