The Macon girls and Monroe City boys clinched Clarence Cannon Conference championships Friday. In the second contest, Monroe City’s boys outlasted Macon 72-63 in overtime. After the Panthers gained a 56-55 lead on a free throw, junior Josiah Talton provided separation.
Eric Duick with the call on KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Monroe City senior Logan Buhlig handed the Panthers a 53-52 advantage on a layup with 50 seconds left in regulation. Macon senior Isaac Nobles then split free throws to tie the game. The Panthers missed a jumper at the regulation buzzer. The 13-8 Tigers scored first in overtime, but Panther junior Deion White sparked a Monroe City run with a game-tying layup on the next possession. Brock Edris’ Panthers won their third straight CCC title and 22nd straight conference game.
Joshua Talton paced the 21-2 Panthers with 21 points. Twin Josiah added 16. Three Tigers landed in double-figures. Head coach Dale Devenport assessed Macon’s effort opposite the reigning state semifinalists.
The Tigers stand 4-2 in the CCC.
Macon’s girls topped Monroe City 57-33. The 21-1 Tigerettes are 6-0 in the CCC, which secures at least a share of the league title. Macon head coach Richard Driscoll explained the Tigerettes’ success against Monroe City’s star forwards.
Macon limited Monroe City senior Riley Quinn to 13 points and sophomore Haley Hagan to one point. Tigerette Kate Hawkins delivered 22 and Lexi Miller managed 13. Lady Panthers head coach Cody Leonard addressed Monroe City’s turnovers.
21-2 Monroe City closes the regular season with a doubleheader at Highland Saturday. Macon plays for an outright conference crown Monday versus Centralia. Hear full postgame interviews with the head coaches below.
Macon girls coach Richard Driscoll:
Monroe City girls coach Cody Leonard:
Macon boys coach Dale Devenport:
Monroe City boys coach Brock Edris: