After being canceled in 2020, the Higbee Summer Shootout is set to return bigger and better in 2021. Roughly 200 games are scheduled to be played during this year’s shootout, which will begin Monday and run through June 26th at Higbee High School and Central Christian College of The Bible in Moberly. Higbee basketball coach Tanner Burton says this year’s event has drawn a wide variety of teams.
The increase in teams and games comes after last year’s shootout, like many summer basketball events, was canceled. Burton says that urgency to get teams in a competitive environment in the offeseason has also driven team interest.
Burton, along with his assistant coaches, and a dedicated group of parents will help run the weeklong event. Burton says just organizing the shootout is a large undertaking.
The Higbee boys basketball team had a historic 2020-21 season as they won their first-ever district title en-route to a fourth place finish in Class 1. Burton says that run by the boys is now pushing the girls team to reach similar heights.
The Higbee girls basketball team finished with a 9-13 record this past season. Admission for the 2021 Higbee Summer Shootout is free. A full concession stand will be available at both venues. Proceeds from the event will go to the Higbee basketball programs.