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Phelps County R-III wins Northwood Tournament

Photo by Shari Harris
Phelps County R-III Cardinals win the Northwood Tournament. Front row: Nick Boettcher. Second row, from left: Wyatt Wilson, Carter Mathis, Shawn Black, Devin Crews, Ryan Hunter. Back row, from left: Titus Wilson, Rowdy Lucas, Michael Sutton, Bray Steen, Riley Wilson, Coach Tim Davidson.
By Shari Harris,
Co-Publisher
  Northwood R-IV hosted the Jr. High Boys Tournament Dec. 3-6. Teams in order of seed were Phelps County R-III, Salem R-80, Dent-Phelps R-III, Green Forest R-II, Oak Hill R-I, Northwood R-IV, and Swedeborg R-III.
  Third seed Dent Phelps faced fourth seed Green Forest in the third place game to start the evening, with Green Forest winning the upset. Swedeborg was voted the Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.
  The championship game pitted first seed Phelps County against second seed Salem. Salem’s height advantage was evenly matched with Phelps County’s quickness. The PCR3 Cardinals came out hot, working their offense and hitting their shots, both in the lane and out, even a few three pointers. The Cardinals had amassed a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
 
Photo by Shari Harris
Salem R-80 took second place at Northwood Tourney. Front row from left: Levi Decker, Kaden Inman, Logan Hubbs, Lawson Petty, and Samuel Henderson. Back from left: Coach Kamprath, Garret Turner, Oliver Midyett, Brayden McColloch, and Keanu Wilson.
 

Salem warmed up in the second quarter and decreased the lead by a point, going to the locker room at half-time trailing the Cardinals 21-13.
  The second half quickly became a battle, as the Cardinals shooting cooled. Defense became more aggressive on both teams as the lead shrank. By the end of the third quarter, the 27-23 score, with the Cardinals still in the lead, foretold the intensity of the fourth quarter of play.
  With less than 4 minutes to play, Salem tied the game at 30 all with a foul of Keanu Wilson, where he made one of two free throws. Phelps County broke the tie with a fast break, then jeopardized the lead with another foul of Wilson, who made one of two to make it 32-31. With 15.4 seconds remaining, Salem inbounded the ball under their basket, but it was knocked out of bounds on their sideline. Defense kept Salem from scoring; then Nick Boettcher stole the ball. Salem fouled Shawn Black with 4 seconds on the clock, who made it 33-31, hitting one of two. Boettcher again stole the ball when it was inbounded, and was fouled with an injury occurring. Michael Sutton stepped in for Boettcher and made one of two, making it 34-31. Salem was unable to shoot for a three in the final two seconds due to the fast Cardinals’ defense.
 
Photo by Shari Harris
Green Forest won third at Northwood Tourney. Front from left: Trevor Dooley, Gunnar Konkel. Back from left: Coach Andrew Walters, Landon Hudson, Jordan Manley, C.J. Lerma, Kenneth Laughlin, Carter Roderman, and Miguel Fernandez.

Carter Mathis led scoring for the Cardinals with 15, Shawn Black had 9, and Wyatt Wilson hit for 6 points. Titus Wilson was held to 2, and Rowdy Lucas and Michael Sutton each contributed one point. The Cardinals ended their season with a 12-2 record.

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