SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Every basketball team dreams of winning a state championship when it starts practice in November.
For a handful of those teams, the dream stays alive.
Wednesday night, the next step as the bigger Class 4 and 5 schools played their sectional rounds.
In Class 5 Nixa squared off with Willard.
Nixa comes into the game with a 22-5 record, but one of those five losses came at Willard in late February.
The more important game was Wednesday night.
And Willard's Chris Kendrix was on fire, tips the ball away, then chases it down and opens the game with this slam dunk.
Then the future Missouri State Bear pulls up and swishes the three from the top of the key, it's 5-2 Tigers.
Then Kendrix drives the left side of the lane, and takes it off the window, seven of Willard's first ten points, and the Tigers were off and running.
Nixa battling for points early, Jacob Ruder fighting for the board and the putback, it's a 10-4 Willard lead.
More Tigers, Levi McGinnis beats Ruder off the bounce, he gets the hoop and the foul, it's 12-4 Tigers.
Nixa trying to keep pace, Bryce Dulin with the floater it's 12-6.
Chris Kendrix finished with 29 points, and five steals and Willard wins 42-37 and will face Columbia Hickman in the quarters.
In other boys action, Waynesville loses to the Hickman Kewpies by one point, 46-45.
In Class 4, Republic has no problem with Carl Junction, 77-69.
But Marshfield loses to St. Francis Borgia, 64-59.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--On the girls side at the O'Reilly Family Events Center in Class 5, it was the Nixa girls against Parkview.
And Nixa attacking from the opening tip, the Lady Eagles take advantage of the turnover, and Toshua Leavitt cashes it in with the layup, Nixa up early.
Parkview taking it inside to Aubrey Buckley and the 6'-1" post kisses it off the window, it's a two point game.
Then the Vikings Tenaea Brown drives the baseline and finishes with the baby hook shot, it's 8-4 Nixa.
The Eagles Toshua Leavitt was red hot, Nixa kicks it out to the junior and she splashes a three pointer, it's 11-4 Nixa.
But Parkview would not go away, again it's the senior Brown with the pull up jumper from the free throw line, it's a four game point.
Fast forward end of the game, tied at 60, Aubrey Buckley drives the lane, misses the layup, but gets her own rebound and puts it in, two of her 26 and the Vikings rallied from a ten point fourth quarter deficit to win 63-60.
Parkview will play Rock Bridge in Saturday's quarterfinals.
In other girls sectionals, in Class 4, Marshfield is a three point winner over Borgia.
Also in Class 4, Republic stuns Webb City, 64-47.
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