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Jackson, Notre Dame boys basketball get big road wins over rivals

Jackson 51, Cape Central 49

After falling to SEMO Conference rival Cape Central by nearly 30 points in the Christmas Tournament, the Jackson boys basketball team picked up a 51-49 win over the Tigers last Friday night.

The Indians did so on the road even as they outscored Cape 13-5 in the fourth quarter. Leading the scoring effort for Jackson was junior Kole Deck as he produced a game-high 22 points and knocked down five 3-pointers.

Even though Deck was the only Indian to finish with double-digit points, Jackson seniors Gavin Holdman (eight), Judd Thoma (seven) and Blayne Harris (five) combined for 20. Defensively, the Indians held the Tigers to their lowest scoring output of the season after putting up 75 points on Jackson in the first meeting.

For Cape, senior Jaydon Reynolds led the scoring effort with a team-high 16 points, scoring five from the free-throw line. Sophomore Marquel Murray and senior Tyson Williams paced Reynolds with 13 and 10, respectively, while junior Matayo Rivers hit two 3’s to finish with eight points.

This win moved Jackson to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play with four games remaining in SEMO action as Cape now sits at 10-4 and 2-1. The Indians travel to Notre Dame (7-9, 1-4 SEMO) and Charleston (10-9, 3-2) this week and will host New Madrid County Central (13-1, 4-0) and Sikeston (14-0, 2-0) on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, respectively.

Prior to the game against the Tigers, Harris returned from a fractured elbow to help Jackson hand Ladue Horton Watkins (14-2) its first loss of the season at 53-51 on Jan. 12. Blayne scored a game-high 19 points and hit four treys in what was the first game of his senior year.

Looking ahead outside of conference play, the Indians will host Class 6 District 1 opponent Oakville next Friday and travel to Class 5 Webster Groves (12-4) for the final game of the regular season on Feb. 20.

Other notable teams in Class 6 District 1 with Jackson this season include the reigning Class 5 State Champions Cardinal Ritter (5-10). The Lions have mostly played an out-of-state schedule and are undefeated versus Missouri teams.

Notre Dame 57, Saxony Lutheran 50

For the first time in three seasons, the Notre Dame boys basketball team was able to beat Saxony Lutheran on what was homecoming for the Crusaders Friday night.

Before falling to Saxony the last two winters, the Bulldogs had never lost to the Crusaders, but they are now on track to have their best record in three years.

It took overtime for Notre Dame to hand Saxony its home loss by a final score of 57-50 as junior Brett Dohogne led the way with a game-high 22 points. Dohogne produced eight in the one overtime period alone, where the Bulldogs handled the Crusaders 12-3.

Also scoring double figures for Notre Dame were juniors Kolton Johnson (16 points) and Logan Landewee (10) combined for 26 points.

Saxony only had two players score in double digits as seniors Luke Eggemeyer and John Hartmann combined for 35 points with 18 and 17, respectively. Hartmann also knocked down a game-high three 3-pointers as Landewee hit two for Notre Dame.

The Bulldogs held the scoring tandem of Eggemeyer and Hartmann to just two points in overtime, though, as Luke failed to score a point while John made one field goal.

This game also served as a preview of what’s to come in the Class 3 District 2 Tournament as Notre Dame now sits at 7-9 overall while Saxony is 10-6. Charleston (10-9), Kelly (13-3), Scott City (12-3) and Woodland (10-4) are also in the same district along with Valle Catholic (6-10).

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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