Bland, Vienna square off for county middle school basketball bragging rights

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 10/27/21

Maries County middle school basketball bragging rights.

That’s what was up for grabs Friday night at Belle High School when Bland and Vienna got together for a basketball tripleheader in …

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Bland, Vienna square off for county middle school basketball bragging rights

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Maries County middle school basketball bragging rights.

That’s what was up for grabs Friday night at Belle High School when Bland and Vienna got together for a basketball tripleheader in northeast Maries County.

Starting the night of hoops off was the seventh-grade boys contest.

Bland took a 12-4 lead after one quarter before Vienna outscored the Bears 30-6 the rest of the game on their way to a 34-18 win.

Kooper Elrod accounted for eight of Bland’s 12 first-quarter points for the Bears while Teagan James and Brayden Clark each scored two for the Eagles in the first six minutes.

Blitzing the Bears 11-2 in the second quarter, James led Vienna with seven points helping the Eagles to a 15-14 halftime lead.

Brayden Barzee scored Bland’s lone basket in the second quarter.

Elrod scored Bland’s lone basket of the third quarter while Vienna added 12 more points to their total.

Eli Crum scored a team-high six points helping the Eagles to a 27-16 lead after three quarters.

While Hank Willis accounted for Bland’s two fourth-quarter points, Vienna got four more points from Crum helping the Eagles take game one of Friday’s tripleheader from Belle.

James led Vienna and all scorers with all scorers with a game-high 13 points. Crum followed in double figures scoring all 10 of his points in the second half for Vienna.

Hunter Schwartze added six points in addition to four points from Brayden Clark and one point from Ryan Kleffner on a fourth-quarter free throw.

Elrod led Bland scoring eight of his team-high 10 points in the first half.

Willis added four points to go along with two points each from Connor Weigel and Barzee.

Next on the court were Drew Lansford’s Bland Lady Bears and Jason Kampeter’s Vienna Lady Eagles.

Nursing a 10-8 lead at halftime, Bland kept their hopes for an undefeated season alive outscoring Vienna 16-11 in the second half before going on to a 26-19 win.

Playing to a 4-4 tie after one quarter, Ella Hollis scored Vienna’s points while Saige Garner answered with four points for Bland.

Edging Vienna 6-4 in the second quarter, Lansford’s Lady Bears went into halftime with a slim lead.

Hollis led Vienna with six first-half points while Bland got four first-half points each from Anastyn Lansford and Garner.

Opening the second half, Bland outscored Vienna 11-4 to take a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

Ava Feeler led the Lady Bears with five third-quarter points while Vienna got two points each from Libby Wilkinson and Aubrey Schwartze.

In spite of Vienna edging them 7-5 in the final six minutes, Bland held on for a victory.

Lansford led the Lady Bears and all scorers with a game-high nine points.

Adalyn Walters and Garner each added six points for the Lady Bears while Feeler rounded out the scoring for Bland with five points.

Schwartze led Vienna scoring all eight of her points in the second half.

Hollis added seven points to go along with two points each from Reese Snodgrass and Wilkinson.

With Bland and Vienna winning one game each, it came down to the eighth-grade boys game between the Bears and Eagles to decide who would win the tripleheader.

In spite of trailing 9-4 after one quarter and 20-19 after three quarter, Bland outscored Vienna 11-8 in the final six minutes to take the eighth-grade boys contest by a 30-28 final score.

Helping Vienna to a 9-4 lead after one quarter was Jayce Bertoni scoring a team-high four points.

Luke Rohrer led Bland with three points in the first quarter.

Flipping the script in the second quarter, Bland came back to tie the score at halftime, 13-13.

Rohrer led the Bears with five first-half points while Malcom Rowden also had five first-half points for the Eagles.

Stratman led the Bears and all scorers netting eight of his 11 points in the second half.

Rohrer (7), Garrett Gehlert (3), Kaegan Kinsey (2), Weigel (2), Chase Trainor (2), Braxton Wilburn (2) and Avery Craigmiles (1) also scored for Bland against Vienna.

Rowden led VMS with 10 points followed by six points from Bertoni.

Jude Stricklan (4), Dylon Long (3), Lawson Magner (2), James (2) and Brett Welschmeyer (1) also scored for Vienna against Bland.

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