Big Fourth Quarter Leads Hallsville to Upset of Macon in District Semifinal

The fourth-seeded Hallsville Indians racked up 31 points in the fourth quarter on the way to a 78-65 victory over top-seeded Macon in the Class 4 District 8 Semifinal Wednesday night. In a game with multiple lead changes, it was Macon grabbing the lead in the final seconds of the third quarter.

Colin Schowe with the call on Superstation KRES and A basket from Boston Douglas on the opening possession of the fourth quarter pushed the lead to three for the Tigers. Hallsville’s Kolton Garner provided quickly responded.

The Indians never relinquished the lead from there as they improved to 21-7 on the season. Garner led all scorers with 25 points while Isaac Stinson added 20. The Indians hit twelve three-poiners for the game. They also shot 15-20 from the free throw line in the final quarter to close the game out. Hallsville coach Brandon Crites said his team had the right approach in the final quarter.

Crites added his team has played their way into a shot at winning their first district title since 1991.

Maurice Magruder led four different Tigers in double figures with 18 points. Macon coach Dale Devenport said they got away from their game plan.

The Tigers graduate seven seniors from a team that concluded the season with a record of 22-5. Devenport shared his final message to his departing upperclassmen.

Hallsville advances to Friday’s district final against Kirksville. Tipoff will be at 6:00 at Moberly High School. You can hear full postgame interviews with both coaches online at

Hallsville coach Brandon Crites

Macon coach Dale Devenport