The Moberly teams played perhaps their most complete games of the year in a sweep at Kirksville Monday. Both Moberly squads entered the doubleheader 0-2 against Kirksville this season.
The Moberly boys outlasted Kirksville 79-77. The Spartans outscored the Tigers 22-5 from the last minute of the third quarter through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Eric Duick with the calls on KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Spartans head coach Cord Hagedorn analyzed Moberly’s response to a 42-31 halftime deficit.
Jaisten Payne delivered a season-high 33 for the 8-12 Spartans. The junior sealed the game with two free throws with four seconds left. Junior Martez Nabors offered a career-high nine, and sophomore Derieus Wallace ended one off a career high with 15. Kirksville head coach Tyler Martin explained what changed in the second half.
Sophomore Keaton Anderson paced the 13-5 Tigers with 23. Moberly limited Kirksville standout Noah Copeland to 13.
The Moberly girls topped Kirksville 55-40. After Moberly answered Kirksville’s opening bucket, the 9-12 Lady Spartans never trailed. Moberly head coach Tony Vestal reacted to the dominant effort.
Four Lady Spartans landed in double-figures. Grace Billington finished with a game-high 16. The Lady Spartans led 39-31 through three quarters, then opened the fourth on a 6-0 run. Vestal elaborated on Moberly’s recent improvement.
Devan Corbett tallied 11 points for 10-10 Kirksville. Both Moberly teams visit Fulton Tuesday while both Kirksville squads meet Marshall.
Moberly girls coach Tony Vestal:
Moberly boys coach Cord Hagedorn:
Kirksville boys coach Tyler Martin: