Day Five – High School Holiday Hoops from December 26, 2011

Girls Game – Macon County over North Harrison – 46-44 O/T

Scores by Quarters – Macon County 8-10-12-12-4 North Harrison – 6-12-14-10-2

Leading Scorers – Rachel Thomsen of North Harrison – 20 points and Cassandra Peterson of Macon County – 11 points

Boys Game – North Harrison over Macon County – 46-23

Scores by Quarters – North Harrison – 12-15-8-11 Macon County – 13-3-3-4

Leading Scorers – Garren Gibson of North Harrison – 24 points

Girls Game – North Mercer over Braymer – 69-34

Scores by Quarters – – North Mercer – 15-24-22-8 Braymer – 8-9-10-7

Leading Scorers – Sierra Michealis of North Mercer – 35 points, Kassidy Stark of North Mercer – 16 points

Boys Game – North Mercer over Braymer – 50-44

Scores by Quarters – North Mercer – 14-13-7-16 Braymer – 9-18-13-4

Leading Scorers – Colton Hartley on North Mercer – 19, Trey Michaelis – 17 pts, Dalton Owen of Braymer – 19 pts,

Eight games on tap for Tuesday, December 27. 2011 at Holiday Hoops on the campus of North Central Missouri College, Trenton

James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Missouri easily beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night. Missouri won its final football game as a member of the Big 12, finishing the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers 8 and 5 on the season will join the Southeastern Conference next season. Franklin rushed for 142 yards and threw for 132, leading Missouri to an Independence Bowl-record 31 first-half points. Kendal Lawrence added 108 rushing yards for the Tigers, who gained 337 yards on the ground.
North Carolina (7-6) fell in interim coach Everett Withers’ final game on the sideline. The Tar Heels lost five of their final seven after starting the season with a 5-1 record.

Drew Brees has grabbed the NFL’s single-season record for passing yards, and he’s done it with one game to spare.
Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints blasted Atlanta 45-16 to clinch the NFC South. He broke Dan Marino’s mark of 5,084 yards when he tossed a nine-yard scoring pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 remaining. Brees also hit Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem for TDs. Marino held the mark for 27 years, the last time the Miami Dolphins were in the Super Bowl.

It appears quarterback Tony Romo will be available when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants this Sunday with the NFC East title on the line. The swelling is going down on Romo’s bruised throwing hand, which was injured during Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia. He could be ready to practice tomorrow and should play this weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be ready for the start of the 2012 NFL season. Peterson is slated for left knee surgery within the next seven to 10 days after tearing the ACL and MCL during Saturday’s win at Washington.

The top seven teams in the AP men’s basketball poll remain the same, with Syracuse holding the No. 1 spot for a third straight week. The Orange were named first on 54 of the ballots cast by the 65-member media panel. Second-ranked Ohio State got five first-place votes, No. 3 Kentucky picked up four and No. 4 Louisville got two first-place mentions. The Cardinals are followed by North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Missouri and UConn flip-flop at eight and nine, while Florida moves up a notch to round out the top 10. Harvard and San Diego State jump into the poll at 24 and 25, respectively.

The Dallas Mavericks gave up 20 straight points in the second quarter and absorbed a 115-93 loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets on Monday. Ty Lawson scored 20 of his 27 points by intermission to help the Nuggets forge a 69-42 halftime lead. Denver hit only 12 baskets in the second half yet still managed to expand its lead to 33 late in the third quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for the Mavs, who trailed by 32 points through three periods of their Christmas Day loss to Miami.

The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 as well following a 100-91 loss at Sacramento. Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and Tyreke Evans added 20 points to the Kings’ first home victory against the Lakers in more than three years. Kobe Bryant had 29 points for the Lakers, who hadn’t opened a season with two straight losses since 2002-03.

Also on Day 2 of the NBA’s truncated season, Kevin Durant poured in 33 points and Oklahoma won for the second straight night by downing the Timberwolves 104-100 at Minnesota.

Manu Ginobili dropped in 24 points and Tony Parker had 15 in San Antonio’s 95-82 verdict over Memphis.

New Orleans beat Phoenix 85-84 on Eric Gordon’s 20-footer with 4.2 seconds to play.

Monta  Ellis scored 26 points and Golden State downed Chicago 99-91 to give Mark Jackson his first win as an NBA head coach. S

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge produced 25 points and seven rebounds in Portland’s 107-103 triumph against Philadelphia.

Hedo Tjurkoglu scored 13 of his team-record 23 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando downed Houston 104-95.

Kemba Walker drained two free throws with 9.9 seconds left as Charlotte topped Milwaukee 96-95.

Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan each had 15 points to lead seven Toronto players in double figures in a 104-96 triumph at Cleveland. Cavaliers guard and first overall pick Kyrie Irving shot 2-for-11 and finished with seven assists and just six points in 26 minutes of his NBA debut.

Kris Humphries delivered 21 points and 16 rebounds in New Jersey’s 90-84 comeback win at Washington.

Indiana was a 91-79 winner over Detroit behind Roy Hibbert’s 16 points and 14 boards.