CLASS 3—-Centralia finds itself just one game away from capturing a basketball and football title in the same season. The Panthers knocked off nine-time champion Charleston 82-80 in overtime. Centralia got out of the blocks early, hitting 62.1 percent from the field in the first half to take a 42-31 lead into halftime. But the Blue Jays battled back to force OT with a 79-79 score at the end of regulation. They had five players score in double digits, including Shawn Sherrell, who led the team with 17. But the Panthers wouldn’t be denied in the extra frame–Chad Thall who had 22 poitns and 11 boards led them. The Panthers improved to 28-2; while Charleston ended their season at 26-4…Centralia will go up against Maryville in the finals Friday afternoon. The Spoofhounds topped Mountain Grove in a 44-42 offensive struggle. Maryville held Mountain Grove to just 11 percent shooting in the first half to take a 20-14 first half lead. The Panthers came to life in the third quarter, out scoring the Spoofhounds 18-8 and grabbed a 32-28 lead at the end of three. In the fourth quarter they pushed that lead to nine points, before Maryville clicked in and erased the deficit. Nate Morley, who had 14 points, hit a jumper with three seconds left to win it for Maryville, which improved to 25-6. Josh Wilmes had 20 to lead the Spoofhounds. Mountain Grove finished at 25-4…………CLASS 2—-For the second straight year, Lone Jack entered the Class 2 Show-Me Showdown undefeated and for the second straight year, they’ll go home without a state title. The Mules lost to Marionville 49-43 in overtime. The game was close throughout as Lone Jack led 20-18 at the half and Marionville led 31-30 after the third. It was 40-40 at the end of regulation, before the Comets out-paced the Mules in overtime. Marionville, like Centralia in Class 3, will try to add a basketball title to their football trophy…..Marionville will take on Van-Far in the finals today. Van-Far got an amazing performance from sophomore Mike Smith, who led the Indians to a 73-52 win over Senath-Hornersville. Smith dominated from start-to-finish with 32 points and nine rebounds. He went 13-19 from the field and nailed five-of-six free throws. Van-Far jumped out to a 21-9 lead and never looked back—they led 44-20 at the half. Van-Far moved to 27-3, while Senath-Hornersville bowed out with a mark of 20-7.
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