Kirksville Boys Fend Off Hot Shooting Spartans, Moberly Girls Win 20th

The Moberly Spartans knocked down 16 threes but the Kirksville Tigers held them off for a 65-60 victory Tuesday night. The Tigers got out to a 22-10 lead after one quarter.

Austin Ward with the calls on KRES and Moberly then caught fire in the second.

Moberly held that 27-26 advantage at halftime. There were two ties and five lead changes in the first 3:20 of the third quarter before Kirksville created separation.

The Spartans tied the game at 50 early in the fourth but never regained the lead. Ty Rucker had a team-high 17 points; Kish Jacobs used four threes to finish with 12. Moberly falls to 9-12. The Tigers got a game-high 18 from Cole Kelly, 17 by Gavin Pike and Justin McKim finished with 15, all of those coming in the second half. They move to 12-7.

The Moberly girls attained their 20th win of the season with a 54-34 win. The Lady Spartans were held to five points in the second quarter and led just 26-19 at the break. Grace Billington helped put the game away early in the third.

Billington ended with 24 while Asa Fanning put in 20. Coach Tony Vestal…

The Lady Spartans attain back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2010-11. Kirksville drops to 7-12 and got 17 from Chloe Carter.

Moberly coach Tony Vestal: