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Macks Creek girls won three games last week to improve their record to 18-6. The streak started on Valentine’s Day with a 54-40 win over Halfway.  The game was tied at the half, but the Lady Pirates outscored Halfway 19-6 in the third quarter to take charge of the game.

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Fair Grove boys had already clinched at least a tie for the Mid-Lakes Conference championship, but they wanted to win it outright and they did. The Eagles, 21-5, rolled past the visiting Strafford Indians 72-49 Friday night to remain undefeated in league play for the second straight year.

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Skyline girls had some fairly good competition the past two games as the Lady Tigers defeated Osage and Ash Grove. This improved their record to 22-2 on the year.   On Thursday the Lady Tigers traveled to Osage where they ran into a good team. The score was tied 10-10 at the quarter and 17-1…

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The Fair Grove boys basketball team continued its winning ways with victories over Pleasant Hope and Marionville this past week. The 73-48 Marionville win on courtwarming night pushed the Eagles to the 20-win mark so far this season, with just four losses.

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After expressing concern about two sophomores scoring most of the Lady Bison’s points, Coach Tom Stokes had to be happy about the last two games in which Buffalo defeated Marshfield and Springfield Hillcrest.

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Stockton held the Skyline boys to seven points in the first half and went on to defeat the Tigers  49-32 in a Mid-Lakes Conference game Friday night at Skyline. The visitors ended the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak, so now Skyline is 11-7 on the year.   

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Skyline girls are now 17-2 after defeating Stockton 73-24 on Thursday night in a road game. The Lady Tigers led “only” 18-8 at the quarter, but outscored Stockton 28-5 in the second stanza for a 46-13 advantage at the half.

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On Thursday, Jan. 12 the Skyline boys defeated Macks Creek 77-63 to advance to the finals of the Skyline Tournament. The Tigers were supposed to play El Dorado Springs Saturday night, but it was postponed to tonight (Wednesday). The game will be played at 8:30 p.m.

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Macks Creek boys are the sixth seed in the Osceola Tournament Jan. 23-28. The Pirates will face third-seeded Weaubleau Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. The other first-round game on that date features second-seeded Lakeland vs. seventh-seeded Osceola at 9 p.m.

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Shelby Willis had a monster night Monday in Macks Creek’s 64-60 win over Lincoln, pouring in 34 points, including six of 11 from 3-point range. She also was five of 11 from closer in and was good on six of eight free-throw attempts.

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Macks Creek girls hosted Crocker Monday night and came away with a 45-37 victory. Lexi Mayer led the way with 16 points while also grabbing nine rebounds and garnering seven steals.

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Strafford girls, top-ranked in the state in Class 3, pulled away in the second half to beat Skyline, second-ranked in Class 2, 50-34 Friday at Skyline. The game was moved from Thursday due to inclement weather.

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After losing both games in the Blue Division of the Blue & Gold Tournament in Springfield last week, the Skyline boys are top-seeded in their own tourney next week. The Tigers will open the tournament against eighth-seeded Warsaw Monday, Jan. 9 at 4:30 p.m. (see complete bracket on this page).