MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association has released its final polls of the 2019-2020 season and three area teams are among the top 10 in their respective classes.
The highest ranking achieved by an area team is that of the Platte Valley girls team, which, in its first year as a co-operative between Jefferson C-123 and South Nodaway R-IV, came in second in the final Class 1 poll.
The Platte Valley girls team fell to the two-time defending champion Walnut Grove Tigers, 52-41, in the championship of the state basketball tournament in Springfield, Missouri.
Complete list of Class 1 girls teams:
1. Walnut Grove, 28-5; 2. Platte Valley, 28-4; 3. (tie) Community, 25-5 and South Iron, 25-5; 5. Norborne, 27-2; 6. Leeton, 23-3; 7. Green City, 27-2; 8. Eminence, 20-8; 9. Climax Springs, 19-9; 10. Montrose, 22-3
Platte Valley’s boys fared almost as well in the first year of their co-op. The Jefferson boys had won the state title a year ago, so the team was for all intents and purposes defending a state championship.
Platte Valley fell in the semifinal matchup against Dora, 82-66, leaving itself in a strange tie for fourth place, as the third-place games were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
Complete list of Class 1 boys teams:
1. Dora, 32-2; 2. St. Elizabeth, 25-6; 3. South Iron, 29-1; 4. (tie) Platte Valley, 28-3 and Golden City, 27-3; 6. Mound City, 23-6; 7. Cairo, 24-5; Princeton, 25-5; Delta, 25-6; Meadville, 26-3
The Maryville Girls basketball team had by far its best season in recent years, qualifying for the quarterfinal round of the state tournament before falling to Macon, 43-40, in Blue Springs on March 7.
The Spoofhounds defeated St. Michael the Archangel, 51-32, on March 4 at Lee’s Summit North High School to qualify for the quarterfinal round.
Complete list of Class 3 girls teams:
1. Strafford, 30-3; 2. Licking, 25-7; 3. (tie) Macon, 24-5; Whitfield, 26-6; 5. Maryville, 21-6; 6. Southern Boone, 24-5; 7. Mt. Vernon, 23-7; 8. Miller Career Academy, 19-7; 9. Saxony Lutheran, 18-12; 10. California, 21-6