Dora boys take first at Domino’s Basketball Classic tournament
Ozark County teams made a good showing at the 12th annual Domino’s Basketball Classic junior high tournament last week. The Dora boys took first place; Bakersfield girls took second, and the Dora girls won third.
Saturday’s action kicked off with the girls’ battle for third place, with Dora taking on Glenwood and holding on for a 37-26 victory. Dora jumped out to a 19-8 half-time lead behind the game-high 15 points from Cassidy Hambelton. Glenwood made a run in the fourth quarter, led by Emalee Brashear 10, and Maddy Kerley 6, but Dora held off the Mustangs to take the win, 37-26. Dora’s scorers behind Cassidy were Kaitlin Hambelton 10, Keena Lowe 8, Riley Collins 2, and McKenna Miller 2.
In the boys division, the Alton Comets took home the third place trophy after defeating Fairview, 60-34.
The Bakersfield Lady Lions took on Fairview for the championship, but Fairview jumped out to an early lead of 9-2 at the end of the first quarter, and Bakersfield couldn’t catch up, and lost the game, 35-23.
For the third consecutive year, the Dora Falcons made it to the championship game, having won the last two tournaments. The Dora boys played the Richards Rockets. “We jumped out to a big lead early, really pushing the pace with our defensive pressure,” said coach Rick Luna.
Bryson Luna led the way for Dora, scoring a game high 27 followed by Mason Luna 14, Auston Luna 13, Waylon Masters 4, Colby Collins 3, Bo Collins 2, and Gavin Martin 2.
“We shot the ball very well, but most of our shots were created by our defense. This was probably the best all-around game we have played all season,” Luna added.
The Rockets were led by Isaac Henry 13, followed by Gannon McGinnis 6, Scottie Osborn 5, and Colby Hoover 4. Dora won 65-28.
<p>Members of the Dora Falcons junior high basketball team are, from left, (front) Gavin Martin, Dylan Martin, Landon Luna, Evan Smith, Jacob Brashears, Colby Collins; (back) coach Rick Luna, Coach Joshua Strong, Auston Luna, Korey Murphey, Bo Collins, Waylon Masters, Mason Luna, Bryson Luna, and tournament sponsor Domino’s Pizza owner Shane Holloway.</p>
<p>Members of the Bakersfield Lady Lions junior high basketball team are, from left, (front) Nautica Smith, Kaylin Williams, Ashton Yeager, Sarah Deluna, Sydney Tucker; (back) coach Andrew Eckman, Haley Kimmel, Melanie Zastrow, Cloey Collins, Sierra Carter, Shelby See, tournament-sponsor Domino’s Pizza owner Shane Holloway.</p>
<p>Members of the Dora Lady Falcons girls basketball team are, from left, (front) Lauren Martin, Kaitlin Hambetlon, Cassidy Hambelton, Chesney Luna, Kenley Howard, Destany Massey; (back) McKenna Miller, Keena Lowe, Riley Collins, Mckayla Kendrick</p><p></p>
<p>Three-point champs Bryson Luna, left, and Shelby Coursey, right, are pictured with Shane Holloway, owner of tournament-sponsor Domino’s Pizza in West Plains.</p>