Big games from Hernandez, Roberts lead North Platte boys to win in opener

Anthony Hernandez and Andrew Roberts scored 18 points apiece to lead North Platte to an easy 62-20 win against Kansas City Lutheran on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at North Platte High School in Dearborn, Mo. In the season opener for both teams, Hernandez hit four of North Platte’s nine 3-pointers, helping the Panthers to a 30-8 halftime lead in Tim Sutton’s debut as head coach. They won just seven games all of last season in Doug Burnett’s only season at the helm.

North Platte was scheduled to play at Lone Jack on Tuesday, Dec. 1, but the result was not available at deadline. North Platte won last year’s meeting with the Mules but didn’t get a second win until Jan. 8, including an 0-2 finish in the KCI Conference Tournament.

This season, North Platte opens the league bracket as the No. 7 seed against second-seeded Lawson on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Hamilton, Mo.

ACC Prep 54, West Platte 48

Brett Shepardson scored a team-high 18 points for the Bluejays, but ACC scored 22 fourth-quarter points for a comeback win Tuesday, Nov. 24 in Weston, Mo. Shepardson made just 4 of 11 free throws, including going 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter.

ACC outscored the Bluejays 22-12 over the final 8 minutes, helping erase a 32-23 halftime deficit.

West Platte’s Luke Horseman hit a pair of 3s in the first quarter to stake the Bluejays to a 17-14 advantage, but he tallied all nine of his points in the first half. West Platte scored only four points in the third quarter before losing the lead late to drop to 0-2 ahead of a scheduled game at Orrick on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

West Platte opens KCI Tournament play against third-seeded East Buchanan on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Bluejays went 2-1 in the bracket last year, winning the consolation title.

Bishop LeBlond 61, West Platte 31

Eight players scored but none finished with more than eight points in the Bluejays’ season-opening loss Monday, Nov. 23 in St. Joseph, Mo.

McKaulley Stephenson tallied eight, and Horseman added seven in the loss with West Platte shooting just 10-for-20 on free throws. The Bluejays scored 13 points in the first quarter but trailed 39-18 at halftime and then scored just 13 points total in the second half, two in the fourth quarter.