Brady Petry refuses to quit.
The lone senior on Hillcrest’s boys basketball roster went off for 32 points in a 62-61 upset of Ozark Conference co-champion Rolla in a Class 4 quarterfinal playoff game Saturday evening at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.
Petry scored more than 30 points for the second consecutive postseason game and willed the Hornets into the state semifinals in Columbia. The Hornets (18-12) will face Cape Girardeau Notre Dame (26-4) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
“It’s amazing. Everybody expected us probably to be out first round of districts. No one had faith in us really, I don’t think, besides us and our school and our families,” Petry said.
Junior forward Lavell Hale got in on the fun with 24 points, giving Hillcrest a one-two punch.
Not to be outdone, Hillcrest’s girls team secured its place in Columbia with a quarterfinal win Saturday as well. Coach Jeni Hopkins’ squad defeated St. Francis Borgia 64-54. The Hornets are now 23-7 and will play at 6:50 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
Hillcrest’s girls team has never been as far as the final four, so it’s special for junior Kaycee Gerald.
“It means a lot because this is my first time and I have confidence in my team. We can keep going farther and farther,” Gerald said.
The Nixa Eagles love to dunk the basketball, but their 2015 season came to an end on a powerful slam from the opponent.
University of Missouri signee Kevin Puryear ran out and dunked the ball on the breakaway to power Blue Springs South to a 54-52 win over Nixa in the Class 5 boys basketball quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at SBU. Nixa went for the win on a stepback 3-pointer from senior Jacob Ruder, but the Eagle known for hitting buzzer-beating shots couldn’t get the ball to fall against the Jaguars.
Nixa finishes the season 28-2 with the quarterfinal loss ending a 27-game winning streak.
The season also ended for the Republic girls, who came up short against three-time state champion Rock Bridge 64-44. Junior Logan Flood led Republic with 11 points. Republic finishes its first season as a Class 5 competitor 25-4.
Bolivar joins Hillcrest in sending a pair of teams to the Class 4 Show Me Showdown Thursday in Columbia. The ladies defeated Benton 44-35 in overtime in the quarterfinals while the boys defeated Kearney 52-44. Both games were played in Liberty.
Bolivar’s girls (26-4) play Incarnate Word (27-2) at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The boys (26-4) play St. Charles (26-4) at 5:10 p.m. Thursday.