Community R-VI senior basketball players Samm Jett and Danielle Brooks have enjoyed a lot of success during their career for the Lady Trojans.
They saved one last magical moment for the first Eastern Missouri Conference (EMO) and Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) Senior Showdown held last Thursday at Bowling Green High School.
Brooks’ game-tying layup broke a tie with 1.7 seconds left in the game to lift the EMO squad to a 58-56 win. The basket also locked up MVP honors for Jett, who scored a team-high 16 points.
The EMO squad jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind the play of Clopton’s Sabrina Stewart as she converted a 3-point play and added another basket for five of the points.
Team CCC closed the gap before the end of the first quarter when Monroe City’s Lizzie Minor hit a 3-pointer, making the score 13-9. Stewart also had five early rebounds in the first eight minutes.
Silex senior Michele Norton scored four points in the quarter.
CCC pushed their run up to 11-0 in the second quarter to take a 15-13 lead.
Jett scored five points and Brooks added two points in the second quarter to help EMO regain the lead.
Wellsville-Middletown’s Casey Johnson made a two-point shot at the buzzer to push EMO in front 28-24 at halftime. Palmyra teammates Kaley Augspurg and Haleigh Wosman combined to score eight of CCC’s 15 points in the quarter.
Team EMO made 11-of-29 shots from the field and 1-of-5 free throws with seven turnovers in the first half. Team CCC made 10-of-30 shots from the field and 1-of-4 free throws with 10 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
In the third quarter, EMO pushed their lead to five points as both Johnson and Jett scored five points.
Clark County’s Anna Ross scored six points to tie the game at 35-35 after Centralia’s Anna Wilkerson made a big 3-pointer.
EMO led 40-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jett and Brooks teamed to score EMO’s first five points in the fourth quarter to maintain a slim lead.
Ross was dominant for Team CCC in the fourth quarter as she scored eight points. Her final basket gave Team CCC a 55-54 edge with 1:07 left in the game.
After Ross missed the front end of a one-and-one just :23 seconds later, Jett answered by making two free throws with :33.6 seconds remaining for a 56-55 edge.
Augspurg was then fouled, where she made 1-of-2 free throws with 15.4 seconds left to tie game. This set up Team EMO’s game-winning shot by Brooks. Silex’s Norton stole the inbound pass to seal the 58-56 win.
Team EMO made 20-of-60 shots from the field and 9-of-13 free throws with 15 turnovers. Team CCC made 22-of-50 shots from the field and 7-of-15 free throws with 15 turnovers.
Clopton’s Sabrina Stewart scored five points, seven rebounds, and two assists; Jett had 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal; Brooks tallied eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block; Norton tallied eight points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block; Johnson added seven points and one rebound; Mark Twain’s Michelle Epperson added two points, four rebounds, three blocks, one steal, and one assist; North Callaway’s Madi Ausfahl had two points, three rebounds, two steals, and one assist; North Callaway’s Erin Bush tallied four points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; North Callaway’s Bethany Bloss had four points, three rebounds, and two steals; and Wright City’s Savannah Bridges had two points and three rebounds Clopton’s Larry Lagemann, North Callaway’s Matt Miller, and Bowling Green’s Heather Minter.
Palmyra’s Kaley Augspurg had 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Palmyra’s Haleigh Wosman added five points, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal; Ross had 18 points and five rebounds; Clark County’s Wednesday McCluskey had five points, seven rebounds, one block, and one assist; Macon’s Jocie Hogsett had zero points with four rebounds and one steal; Highland’s Charnice Smith tallied four points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists; Highland’s Amber Garner added four points and two assists; Wilkerson added three points, two rebounds, and one assist; and Minor had four points, one steal, and one block.
Louisiana’s Denise Blackwell was selected to play in the game but was not present for the contest.
CCC coaches include Clark County’s John Weaver, Palmyra’s Chris Parsons, and Highland’s Kyle Ellison.
In between the girls game and boys game, a 3-point contest was held.
On the girls side in the first match-up, Palmyra’s Augsburg beat Clopton’s Stewart, 9-5.
In the next match-up, Jett defeated Ross 13-3. The final match-up saw North Callaway’s Ausfahl beating Monroe City’s Minor, 15-9. Ausfahl was declared the girls champion.
She went on to a battle of the sexes contest with Bowling Green’s Andrew Martinson, where she lost 12-7.
The boys game didn’t feature any players from Van-Far or Community R-VI. Team EMO won in overtime, 76-75.
Clopton’s Alek Eivins was the game MVP as he scored a team-high 15 points.
Rod Hall took a half-court shot to win a $10,000 and it hit the rim but didn’t fall in the basket. The event was sponsored by Pike County Memorial Hospital.