MOUNTAIN VIEW -- It was a total team effort Thursday for the Doniphan Dons as they advanced to the championship of the Mountain View-Liberty Tournament with a 68-56 victory over Thayer.
"They were pretty physical being a football," Doniphan coach Ray Stewart said. "They play that 1-3-1 matchup zone and we did a good job against it."
Senior Derek Hutchins led the Dons (15-2) with 19 points while senior Hunter Dilbeck had a career-high 16 points. Aaron Aldrich and Hunter Smith each had seven points.
Junior Brian Patterson had six points and played with foul trouble.
Top-seeded Doniphan will face Eminence, a team they previously beat 67-52 on Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. Saturday night in the championship.
Ellington 89, Bunker 53 Jake Rhea had a 33 points for Ellington as it defeated Bunker on Thursday.
Garrett Prince had 12 points, Dylan Pogue had 11 and Jared Hathcoat had 10 for the Whippets (3-11). Ellington took a 13-point lead at halftime and outscored Bunker by 20 in the third quarter on the way to the win.
"We came out strong in the second half definitely," Ellington coach Jeff Berry said. "The first half, we had the momentum going our way."
Dexter 103, Portageville 26 Hannah Noe had 24 points for Dexter as it beat Portageville Thursday to move to 15-2 on the season.
Alison Jarrell had 18 points and Brittany Harris finished with 17 while Mollie Whitehead added 16 for the Lady Bearcats. Dexter jumped out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and led by 35 at halftime as it cruised to the win.
"We definitely shot the ball extremely well," Dexter coach Chad Allen said. "I thought defensively we really got after it."
Kennett 62, Twin Rivers 48 After leading by just one point at halftime, the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Royals 35-22 in the second half Thursday night for the win.
The Lady Royals record evens up to 8-8 with the loss.
Junior Tori Cole led the Lady Royals with 16 points. Lexi Stockton added nine and Taylor Galloway had eight.
"Theres three or four specific things we could have done to stay in the game," Twin Rivers coach Kelly Null said.
The Lady Indians hit 10 3-pointers on the night with Lara Abmeyer having half of those and totaled 21 points.
"They are hard to guard," Null added. "They have the inside game and the outside game."
FRESHMEN Kennett edged Poplar Bluff 53-52 in overtime Thursday night.
Kennett's Harold Weeden, who scored 22 points, banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer to force overtime as the Mules saw a double-digit lead disappear. Bradon Stuckenschneider led Poplar Bluff with 17 points and nine rebounds while Joseph Eyler added 10 points.