Though it may have been a friendly crosstown rivalry matchup between No. 2 Columbia College and Stephens College Thursday night, there was absolutely nothing friendly about the scoreboard.
The Cougars came, saw and conquered the Stars with a final score of 92-30.
The 62-point deficit was crafted by an early start by the Cougars and they never looked back. By halftime, the score was 48-17.
Columbia’s bench was able to keep the lead high and play solid minutes. Every member of Columbia’s team scored and three Cougars scored in double figures with Grey Hayes putting up 11 points, Sarah Walters adding 10 and freshman guard Bria Jones leading the team with 15 points in just nine minutes.
Only one member of the Stars cracked double figures — guard Mariah Brisco with 13 points. The other players did not eclipse five points on a dismal 23 percent team shooting night.
The Cougars (16-2, 10-2 American Midwest Conference) nabbed their seventh straight victory after Thursday’s performance and will continue conference play Saturday at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
The Stars (3-15, 1-11 AMC) will look to rebound from Thursday night’s nightmare loss with a conference matchup against William Woods on Saturday.
Rock Bridge girls fall in tournament semifinal
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team met a solid opponent in Liberty and fell in the semifinal game of the Truman Tournament 55-48.
The first half saw a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair and the Bruins held a 27-23 advantage at the break with 11 points from junior guard Eryn Puett.
The break didn’t serve the Bruins well as Liberty jumped out of the locker room with a 14-2 run to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Though a small Rock Bridge run cut the lead to five, Liberty was able to edge out a victory.
The Bruins (8-4) will take on the tournament host Truman in the third-place game Friday night.
Jennings boosts Kewpies to consolation final
The Hickman boys basketball team led nearly the entire game and handled Belton 78-66 during a C.W. Stessman Tournament matchup.
Kewpies senior guard Jarvis Jennings went off. He scored 27 points and helped control the pace of the game.
Seth Larson and Kelan Williams added 14 and 10 points, respectively, to add to the Kewpie lead that grew to as many as 22 points.
Despite 23 points from Belton’s Da’rius Brewington, the Pirates couldn’t overcome the deficit that the Kewpies continuously built up.
With the win, the Kewpies will play Park Hill for the consolation bracket final at Liberty High School on Friday night.
Hickman girls win second in two nights
After a solid win over Owensville on Wednesday night, the Hickman girls basketball team continued its roll Thursday night with a 74-57 dismantling of Southern Boone.
The Kewpies outsized the Eagles and took advantage of that early on while growing their lead to double digits by halftime.
Emma Chapman, Day Jamison and Maci Kuchta headed the Kewpie scoring load and combined for 45 of the 52 points that Hickman accrued at half.
The second half proved more of the same and the Kewpies maintained their lead for their second win in as many nights.
The Kewpies improved to 7-9 after Thursday’s performance and will look to continue their streak against crosstown rival Rock Bridge on Jan. 24.
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