Both Kirksville basketball teams defeated Moberly on a last-second defensive stop Friday in Kirksville. The Lady Tigers won the first game 72-71 in overtime.
Eric Duick with the call of junior Channing Totta’s game-winning three on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. The Lady Spartans then missed a three, a desperation heave, and a putback attempt on the other end. Kirksville overcame a 67-60 overtime deficit and Moberly sophomore Grace Billington’s school-record 44 points.
The Lady Spartans trailed 54-46 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Billington delivered 34 of her 44 points after halftime to break her own single-game record of 43 points set last year versus Warrenton. Moberly coach Tony Vestal analyzed Kirksville’s overtime run.
3-2 Moberly hosts Hannibal Tuesday on KWIX. 4-1 Kirksville welcomes Mexico. Corinne Vorkink paced the Lady Tigers with 19.
Kirksville’s boys outlasted Moberly 46-45. Spartan Jaisten Payne hit a go-ahead free throw with 25 seconds left, but the senior missed the second free throw, and Moberly fouled Kirksville rebounder Keaton Anderson, who drained two free throws with 22 seconds left. Moberly then missed a three and putback. Cord Hagedorn’s Spartans trailed 33-19 late in the third quarter before a 21-2 run.
Moberly led 42-37 with 2:15 left, but Kirksville freshman Cole Kelly countered with two 3-pointers. Kelly produced a team-high 14 for Kirksville coach Tyler Martin.
The NCMC-opening win leaves the Tigers 5-0 overall. Payne finished with a game-high 23 for the 1-2 Spartans. Hear full postgame interviews below.
Moberly girls coach Tony Vestal:
Moberly boys coach Cord Hagedorn:
Kirksville boys coach Tyler Martin: