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The Smithville Herald

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BoyS BaSkeTBall: CaMeron TournaMenT oPener

Role players step up during blowout By Andy Meyer CAMERON — When his teammate went out with an injury, Smithville senior Dylan Webb knew he was getting a chance to make an even bigger impact than usual. Usually the first player off Smithville’s bench, Webb played some important minutes during the Warriors’ 69-43 victory against University Academy during the first round of the Cameron Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 22. And he didn’t disappoint. As usual, Webb brought his defensive intensity, but he also ripped down a few offensive rebounds and chipped in with three points when senior Cory Marmet was out with an injury. Though he hoped his teammate was all right, he said he enjoyed making a larger contribution in the blowout win. “I love getting playing time whenever I can,� Webb said. “I was hoping Cory could come in the game as quickly as possible, but I definitely enjoyed getting heavy minutes.� Smithville bolted out to a huge lead against University Academy and led 36-15 at halftime, and all this while Marmet missed out on a big chunk of the game after tak-

in the first quarter. University Academy closed the gap a bit thanks to some torrid 3-point shooting by Reggie McGee — who scored 22 and hit six treys — but they never threatened. “The defense in the first half, I was pleased with, and then we just kind of sat back in the zone in the second half and let them bomb away,� Jones said. “And they hit some 3s. We could have closed out a little better, but the game was under control the entire time. “The kids just did a great job defensively tonight.�

Smithville 57, Excelsior Springs 40

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Senior Mahlon kruse continued his solid play throughout the Cameron Tournament last week. ing a spill while attempting a shot. Webb certainly made his mark on the defensive end, but it was Brock Mick who picked up the scoring slack. Mick knocked down four consecutive 3-pointers shortly after Marmet left with the hip injury, and the junior finished with a gamehigh 28 points in the victory. Meanwhile, Derek Howe finished strong and tallied 15 points in the win, while Mahlon Kruse also racked up

10, including two treys. It was a good day for Smithville’s bench, as sophomore Jackson Krull also came off the bench and contributed with six rebounds and gave his team a huge rebounding margin. Smithville coach Chad Jones said the team’s bench has been a strength, and was glad to see both Webb and Krull step up when called upon. “I think that might have been Dylan Webb’s best game of the year, as far

as playing time and production,� Jones said. “It was just a good game by him throughout the game tonight. “And Jackson Krull, it was good to see him healthy, getting up and down the floor, getting some rebounds and being a threat offensively,� Jones said. Once again, it was Smithville’s defense that allowed the Warriors to grab and early lead, as the Warriors only surrendered five points

The Warriors fought their way into the Cameron Tournament final thanks to another gritty effort on the defensive end. Smithville clamped down against Excelsior Springs, especially in the final quarter, and rolled to a semifinal win on Thursday, Jan. 24. “They understood tonight that Excelsior was going to be a scrappy ball club,� Jones said. “They’re going to bring a lot of energy and intensity, and that’s what they did. But credit to our guys for jumping out to that lead and just taking control of it early.�

Cameron: Boys outlast Dragons for championship Continued from Page B1 buried the tournament-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left in the game. It comes as no surprise that a similar script played out this time out. Neither team led by more than five points through the first three quarters in a defensive battle that raged at both ends of the court. But Smithville senior Derek Howe was especially vital in helping the Warriors stay close. The senior forward took advantage of some favorable matchups in the post and scored a game-high 20 points, knocking down three baskets in each of the last three quarters. It was one of his highest-scoring efforts to date, and he knew that he needed to step up to the challenge when his team was struggling to score at points in the game. “I had a lot of confidence,� Howe said. “The first half was kind of slow, but then I hit those two or three early shots, and I felt like I could score. So I just kept putting it up there, and they went in.� Howe scored eight straight points during Smithville’s 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter, as the team extended its lead to six points with just 2 minutes remaining. But the Warriors should have known it wouldn’t be easy down the stretch. Held in check most of the game, Cameron senior Carter Morrison drained two long 3-pointers in the final minutes to give the Drag-

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Smithville coach Chad Jones and the Warrior pulled together and claimed the Cameron Tournament championship for the second time in three years on Saturday, Jan. 26. ons a shot at winning their home tourney for the first time since 2009. His fourth trey came with less than a minute remaining, making it a one-possession game at 42-40. Cory Marmet, Blane Townsend and Mick were tasked with guarding Morrison throughout the night, and it took their best effort to make sure he didn’t get too many looks at the basket. “We know that when he steps in the gym, he can hit the 3 from anywhere,� Marmet said. “So we definitely made a big emphasis on guarding him. He was a big part of our game plan.� Still, Morrison nearly buried the Warriors’ hopes a few seconds later. After forcing a turnover,

Cameron had a shot to take the lead with 34 seconds left when Morrison had a good look from beyond the 3-point line. A make would have given the Dragons a lead with a raucous crowd behind them. Instead, the shot lipped out. Smithville went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds, and Cameron never got within a single possession the rest of the way. Jones watched his squad take Cameron’s best punch in the final minute and said he was proud of his team’s response when it mattered most. “Carter Morrison is one of the best shooters to come through here in a while, and that’s saying a lot, because

Cameron has had some great offensive player,� Jones said. “We didn’t think he would continue to hit those with the defense that we were playing. “You’ve got to overcome some tough moments, and tonight we did.� Of course, Smithville made things much easier down the stretch, as it went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, including three big makes from Mahlon Kruse in the final seconds. Mick also proved clutch and knocked down all four of his attempts in the fourth quarter on the way to a 14-point effort. “We’re a pretty good free-throw shooting team,� Marmet said. “So we knew with him shooting long

shots like that, they would be long rebounds and we just had to secure them, hit our free throws and we’d get the win.� The Warriors looked much different the last time they won the Cameron title, as Smithville graduate and current William Jewell player Dillon Deck was a force in the paint. Though he doesn’t stand 6-foot-7 as Deck did, Howe continued his consistent play in his senior season and hopes the entire team receives a boost from the tournament championship as it heads into the heart of Midland Empire Conference play this week. “Going into conference play, it’s going to do a lot for my confidence, especially when they come to our house in two weeks,� Howe said. “My teammates did a great job getting me the ball, and I’m grateful to them for driving and dishing it off to me.� Winning the clash against Cameron gives an added boost to the team’s conference title hopes, but for now, Jones said fighting back for another Cameron title — against the hosts, no less — was another step on the successful road the team has been walking for weeks. “We’ve got kids that have been through the wars,� Jones said. “We start four seniors and a junior. So the kids have been here before. The confidence and the nine-game winning streak and the basketball we’re playing right now is just amazing.�

GirlS BaSkeTBall: MeC PrevieW

Warriors looking for steady MEC play By Andy Meyer CHILLICOTHE — Getting back to basics helped Smithville’s girls basketball team get back on the right track in conference play. After getting out-rebounded early on, the Warriors started crashing the boards and slowly but surely pulled away from Chillicothe on the way to a 48-32 victory on Monday, Jan. 28. Playing against a tall, aggressive Hornets’ front court, Smithville struggled in the early going but saw a marked improvement in its rebounding in the second half that made the biggest difference, according to coach Trevor Mosby. “At halftime, I talked about, ‘If we’re going to be the team we want to be, we need to box out,’� Mosby said. “We know they’re bigger than us. They’re physical. Their post players are good. “But we have to make a conscious effort in the post to not allow any more easy shots, and I feel like we did that.� The Warriors (15-4, 1-1 Midland Empire Conference) were playing their first league game since losing to Benton two weeks ago and hoped for a solid effort entering MEC play. They got quite a test against a Chillicothe team that came in with a 9-9 record and nearly knocked off state-ranked Kirksville earlier in the year. Smithville jumped out to an early lead thanks to a hot-shooting start from Bethany Pierce, but the team couldn’t quite get on a roll against the Hornets’ pesky defense. Meanwhile, Maggie Graves and a handful of Chillicothe players ripped down several offensive rebounds in the first half that led to good looks at the basket and allowed the squad to hang around. The lack of rebounds often prevented the Warriors from getting out in transition, and Paige Imhoff that was one of the main focal points coming out of halftime.

CorreC t ion s  In the Dec. 12, 2012, issue of The Smithville Herald, the quotes from Brittany Parmenter were incorrectly attributed to Courtney Parmenter, and vice versa. In the Jan. 23 issue of the Smithville Herald, Cody Sally’s name was misspelled.





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