ESKRIDGE — West Franklin took over from the start and rolled to a season-opening 52-32 victory Thursday over Mission Valley in Eskridge.
“It was a good start to the season,” West Franklin coach James Spencer said. “We came out with a lot of energy, and I thought we executed on the offensive end. Defensively we held them to 32 points, which is good.”
The Falcons had a balanced attack behind Brady Geist, who pumped in 16 points. Owen Reed finished with nine, and Will Duda and Clay Altic had eight each.
“I thought Will Duda and Clay Altic gave us good minutes and sparked a couple of nice runs for us,” Spencer said. “Brady Geist had a good night offensively. He shot the ball well.”
West Franklin (1-0) plays 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wellsville.
Mission Valley (32) — Davis 9, Marcotte 10, Boucher 5, Allen 2, Boyd 6.
West Franklin (52) — Geist 16, Reed 9, Duda 8, Altic 8, Gray 7, Walters 2, Lacey 2.
ANDERSON COUNTY 61, SANTA FE TRAIL 48
CARBONDALE — Anderson County had a good showing at their season opener, finishing strong in a 61-48 win over Sante Fe Trail Friday night.
Sante Fe Trail got off to a quick start in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs were able to catch back up, Head Coach Steve Lyon said. A second quarter push put Anderson County ahead 10 points going into half-time, 21-12. Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs scored only one more point than Sante Fe Trail Chargers in the fourth quarter.
“Second quarter we really kind of got after them, and it worked out well for us,” Lyon said. “We had some nervous kids, but in the second quarter they really got out and got after it and really did a good job.”
Despite a few cases of first-game jitters, Lyons said, he sees real potential for the rest of the season, citing that their speed would help them in coming games.
“Real proud of the boys. The boys worked real hard, they did a great job and listened well and this is a great start,” he said.
Anderson County (1-0) continues play Monday and Tuesday in the Burlington Tournament against Baldwin City and Chanute.
Anderson County — Eric Tastove 17, Spencer Walter 11, Drew Mechnig 10, Tanner Lickteig 9, Ian Comfort 4, Zach Hillard 2, Tyler Woodard 2.