CCC Teams Headed to Show-Me Showdown After Narrow Quarterfinal Wins

A pair of Clarence Cannon Conference teams earned Show-Me Showdown appearances with Class 3 quarterfinal victories at Blue Springs Saturday. The Macon girls won the first contest before Monroe City’s boys rallied in the second game.

Macon defeated Maryville 43-40 thanks to sophomore Lexi Miller’s stellar play. Miller scored 28, including the go-ahead bucket.

Eric Duick with the call on Glory 97 and 24-4 Macon built a 30-25 lead early in the fourth quarter, but a back and forth final frame ensued before the Tigerettes emerged. Richard Driscoll’s Tigerettes contained Lady Spoofhound All-State guard and Division I prospect Serena Sundell.

The junior Sundell scored 23 points on 10 free throw makes. Driscoll reflected on Macon’s Show-Me Showdown berth in his first season with the Tigerettes.

Driscoll’s 2011 Stockton team captured the state title. Macon faces Licking in an 11am semifinal Friday.

The Monroe City boys outlasted Central of Kansas City 43-41. Monroe City trailed 35-28 at the start of the fourth, but sophomore Josiah Talton handed the Panthers a permanent lead late.

Central proceeded to possess the ball with 18 seconds left and a two-point deficit. Senior Jordan Fortune held for one shot, but Josiah’s sophomore twin Joshua Talton knocked the ball away with a few seconds on the clock. Head coach Brock Edris reacted to the defensive stance.

Joshua Talton also produced a game-high 18 points. Edris said he coached a confident 28-2 Panthers squad Saturday.

Monroe City opened with an 8-0 advantage. The Panthers scored just five points in the third before a fourth-quarter comeback handed the Panthers their first Show-Me Showdown appearance since 1995. Sixth-ranked Monroe City meets third-ranked Charleston in the semifinals Friday at 6:20pm. Hear full postgame interviews with the coaches below.

Macon girls coach Richard Driscoll:

Monroe City boys coach Brock Edris: