Bell City outshoots Bevier

Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:42 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

Before its Class 2 semifinal game against Bevier, former Missouri sharpshooter Jon Sundvold told the Bell City basketball team that the hoops in Hearnes Center sometimes looked as big as hula hoops.

The Cubs must have believed him, for they raced past Bevier 79-49 at Hearnes Center on Friday.

Bell City (28-4) shot 46.7 percent and had little trouble against an undermanned Bevier squad. The Wildcats (25-6) had a mere eight players suit up. They played well early, though, and led 5-2 after a John Bailey 3-pointer with 6:28 left in the first quarter.

Bell City's Jeff Liggins responded with a short jumper to start a 17-5 run and the Cubs led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the game followed suit as Bell City continued to increase its lead thanks to its accurate shooting.

At times, the game resembled a wrestling match, for the teams committed 34 fouls. Bevier's Travis Mason and Clark Dalrymple fouled out.

Dominitrix Johnson led Bell City with 22 points and nine rebounds. Randy Conn added 20 points for the Cubs.

Bailey paced Bevier with 20 points.

Bell City will face St. Elizabeth in the Class 2 championship Saturday.

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