By Tiffany L. Rehbein
KG 52, Blue Sky 49
The KG KouGars defeated the Blue Sky Eagles in District 9-C action Friday at Kremlin.
KG, who has won the State Class C title during the past two years, improved to 2-0 in conference play with the victory.
T.J. Ironbear scored 14 points to lead the KouGars. Joey Stuart tallied 11 in the contest, including three 3-pointers.
Tyler Hutchinson scored a game-high 18 points for Blue Sky. David Jurenka added nine in the loss.
Blue Sky evened its conference record at 1-1 with the loss.
KG 61, Box Elder 50
The KouGars continued their winning ways Saturday by defeating the Box Elder Bears in District 9-C action.
No stats were reported.
J-I 69, Big Sandy 35
The District 10-C J-I Rams defeated the District 9-C Big Sandy Pioneers in non-conference action Friday at Joplin.
Ivan VanDessel scored 11 points and Curtis May had a game-high 14 in the win.
The Rams improved to 2-1 overall with the win.
The Pioneers were led by Jackson Burke with nine points, and Justin Yirsa chipped in eight in the loss.
Big Sandy dipped to 0-4 overall.
Hays/Lodgepole 62, Grass Range 58
The District 9-C Hays/Lodgepole Thunderbirds edged the Grass Range Rangers in non-conference action Friday at Hays.
The Thunderbirds exploded for 38 second-half points en route to the win.
Darwin Doney led the T'birds with 14 points, going 2-for-2 from the free throw line, followed by Shawn Shambo who tallied 12, all scored in the second half.
Eddie Werk notched two 3-pointers for Hays, who improved to 1-2 on the season.
Hays/Lodgepole 59, Rocky Boy 57
Hays continued its winning streak, nipping Rocky Boy in its first conference game of the season Saturday.
Shambo scored a team-high 19 points in the win, which evened the T'birds overall record to 2-2 on the season and lifted them to 1-0 in conference play.
Shambo tallied 12 points in the fourth quarter en route to the win.
Werk and Doney scored 11 points apiece in the victory.
Eric Roasting Stick scored a team-high 19 points to lead Rocky Boy.
Mike Morsette added 13 points in the loss, including two 3-pointers. Josh Raining Bird also hit two treys, finishing with eight points on he night.
Rocky Boy 76, Box Elder 60
The Rocky Boy Stars (1-1, 2-2) defeated the Box Elder Bears in District 9-C conference play Friday at Rocky Boy.
The Stars erupted for 28 second-quarter points en route to the win.
Kyle MacDonald scored a team-high 15 points, including two 3-pointers in the victory. Josh Raining Bird added 10, and Adam DeMontiney scored 12 in the effort.
Wade Colliflower and Brandon Gopher led Box Elder with 12 points apiece in the loss.
Chester 67, Belt 66 (OT)
The District 10-C Chester Coyotes edged the Belt Huskies in overtime Friday at Chester.
Returning all-state selection Jeff Graham scored a season-high 32 points in the victory. He popped four 3-pointers in the victory.
Matt Wolfe added 19 for Chester.
The Coyotes went 15-for-25 from the foul line in the contest.
Valier 53, Chester 48
Valier handed Chester a conference loss Saturday at Valier.
Graham was on fire again, smoking 29 points to lead all scorers.
Chester (1-1, 1-2) opened the game with just nine points, but erupted for 17 in the second quarter to even the game at 26-26 at the half.
Dodson 52, Big Sandy 40
The Pioneers were subject to a two-point first quarter as Dodson rumbled on for the non-conference win Saturday at Dodson.
The Yirsa's -- Justin and Chris -- scored 12 points apiece to lead Big Sandy.
The Pioneers slipped to 0-5 on the season with the loss.
J-I 61, Sunburst 49
The Rams exploded for 23 third-quarter points en route to the conference win Saturday at Joplin.
Brett Spicher scored 10 points, Curtis May added 12, and Jeremiah Johnson had a team-high 17 in the win.
The Rams improved to 2-0 in conference play.
Dodson 72, Turner 30
At Turner, Dodson won the non-conference matchup behind the 23 points of Zack Cole.
Turner boasted a balance scoring attack, with Andrew Jones scoring six points, Michael Van Voast scoring seven points, and Morgan Klindworth scoring six points.
Whitewater 63, Turner 26
The Turner Tornadoes struggled offensively, not scoring more than seven points a quarter, as Whitewater won the non-conference contest Saturday at Turner.
Robert Van Voast scored a team-high 10 points in the loss. He hit one 3-pointer in the contest.
Turner slipped to 0-4 overall on the year.