ARGENTA -- Central A&M was on a four-game winning streak heading into the start of the Macon County boys basketball tournament on Monday, and the Raiders looked the part in making 10 3-pointers.
But Argenta-Oreana wouldn't be denied. The Bombers started fast and held on for a 66-57 win over the Raiders to advance to play Warrensburg.
"I was pleased with our defensive effort, considering they made 10 threes," Argenta coach Tom Saunches said. "Sometimes that many threes can break a team's will to play defense, but our kids really hung in there."
The Bombers opened a 38-23 lead at halftime, increased the edge to 18 by the end of the quarter, and then held on as the Raiders pushed.
A&M, led by sophomore Jameson Smith's 16 points, outscored Argenta 17-7 in the fourth quarter, but the comeback was too late.
"When you have four players in double figures, you have to feel good about what the offense does," Saunches said.
Drevin Shafer led the Bombers with 16 points, while Konnor Damery added 13. Brody Ulrey and Cole Banks added 11 each.
Warrensburg-Latham 64, Cerro Gordo-Bement 31
ARGENTA -- The move Garrett Shea was able to make from center to perimeter forward seems to be working well. He dropped 20 on CGB, as the Cardinals moved on to the second round of the Macon County Tournament.
"I thought we played a little bit better than we have been," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said. "Garrett Shea had another big game for us. Weston Nottelmann had a good game. We're still not shooting the ball like we'd like ... and we definitely want to improve on that."
Nottelmann scored 17 points as the only other Cardinals player in double figures. Tyler Bond didn't play.
For Cerro Gordo, Brant Knowles had seven points and Frankie Foran six.
Now, Warrensburg will play Argenta. The Cardinals won 55-40 last week.
"It's always tough to come back and play against a team that you just played a week ago," Binkley said.
St. Teresa 55, Argenta-Oreana 37
DECATUR -- After one quarter, with a 15-4 lead, it looked like St. T was about to cruise to an easy victory. But they gave it back.
"We put things back together in the second half," St. T coach Ashley VanEtten said. "We coaches gave them a good lecture at halftime and got them to focus back on the game. They decided they needed to play a full half in order to pull the game out."
The Bulldogs, led by Jordan Brunner's 17 points, put together quarters of 13 and 18 points to put away Argenta in the second half.
"Defense started out well, then fell apart a little bit because we got lazy," VanEtten said. "We did come up with big stops. Makenna Thornton took a pretty big charge in the fourth quarter, which got the momentum going back in our favor."
For Argenta, Camilyn Newbanks scored 11 points.
Cerro Gordo 50, Warrensburg-Latham 42
WARRENSBURG -- Brittany Conner was simply too much for Warrensburg to handle. She lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 26 points.
Warrensburg and Cerro Gordo went to overtime to settle it, and the Broncos outscored the Cardinals 8-0 to clinch the win.
"We were up through three quarters of the game, but Cerro Gordo had a good fourth quarter and really played hard tonight so our hat is off to them," Warrensburg coach Marc Klein said.
Cerro Gordo scored 14 points to come back in the fourth.
"We missed front ends of three one-and-one free throws in overtime, but I still felt my girls played well and I was proud of them," Klein said. "We just need to work on playing a little bit smarter and I am sure we will develop this throughout the remainder of the season."
Leading the Cardinals, Rachel Hoppe had 16.
Tuscola 59, Arcola 39
ARCOLA -- Tuscola had too many weapons for Arcola to handle.
Maddie Meinhold's 19 points was a game-high, while three others hit double figures -- Halle McCrory with 13, Anna Kauffman 12 and Emma Henderson 10.
"Tuscola has a good ball club with a lot of threats," Arcola coach Nancy Stiff said. "We came out ready to play, but turnovers really hurt us."
The Warriors really got a distant lead in the third quarter. They led by three at halftime, but with a 23-point third, took a 17-point advantage.
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