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Blake Hays • Junior • Monroe City basketball

Hays stepped up as a go-to scorer for Monroe City last week on its run to the Class 3 District 8 championship. The junior guard netted 15 points against Hallsville in the semifinals before dropping 20 more against Clark County on Saturday in the title game. Hays is a key leader for the Panthers on both ends of the floor.

Autumn Bigsby • Junior • Hannibal basketball

Bigsby came through with a career outing of 22 points and 10 rebounds Monday to lead Hannibal to a 72-64 win over Liberty-Wentzville in the first round of the Class 4 District 8 tourney. The junior forward knocked down four 3-pointers in the opening half. She also led Hannibal with 10 points in a loss to St. Dominic one day later.