Risco comes up short against Campbell, 72-61

Sunday, January 18, 2009

CAMPBELL -- The Risco Tigers, ranked No. 10 in Class 1, dropped their third-straight game Friday night, 72-61 to the Campbell Camels.

The game was won at the free throw line as Campbell hit 23-of-34 from the charity stripe while Risco was only 11-of-24.

"It was a back-and-forth game and we even had it down to one point in the fourth quarter but then they hit several free throws," said Risco coach Brandon Blankenship. "We just didn't go to the line enough and they had a huge advantage from the free throw line."

Risco was led in scoring by Brandon Bennett and Chris Williams who both finished the game with 17 points. Zack Williams added 10. Joe Campbell led Campbell with 28 points while Andrew Pearson chipped in 14.

With the loss, Risco falls to 8-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Tri-County Conference.

"Even though we lost, I felt we played a better game than our two games," Blankenship said. "I think we are headed back in the right direction."

Risco won the junior varsity game 56-45. The Tigers improved to 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference. Chris Pavy led the way with 24 points while Jeremy Fowler chipped in 15.

Risco will be back in action Tuesday when they host the Cooter Wildcats.

Girls Basketball

Dexter 99,

Caruthersville 28

CARUTHERSVILLE -- The state's top-ranked team in Class 4 had little trouble with the Caruthersville Lady Tigers Thursday as Dexter posted a 99-28 win.

Dexter's Katelyn Heil scored 19 points in the first quarter as the Lady Bearcats took a 37-2 lead and went into the half up, 58-10.

Caruthersville didn't field a junior varsity team, so Dexter coach Chad Allen played his jayvee squad for part of the game, but it still wasn't enough to keep the game interesting.

Katelyn Heil's 25 points led a group of five Lady Beardcats in double figures. Ashlee Taylor finished with 14, while Abbie Warren, Cathryn Heil and Lauren Ward each netted 10 in limited action.

With the win, Dexter improves to 14-0 on the season.

Dexter will next be in action at home Monday when they will host Naylor, currently ranked No. 5 in Class 1.

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