PLATTSBURG, Mo. — The Plattsburg boys' basketball team is going where no other team in program history has gone before.
The Tigers (22-8) are headed to the Missouri Class 2 state semifinals after outlasting Skyline 49-47 in the state quarterfinals Saturday at Liberty North High School. Plattsburg will now face Greenwood (27-3) with a spot in the Class 2 title game at stake Friday in Springfield, Missouri.
Junior guard Kaden Hodge made 5 of 7 from three-point range and finished with 19 points, while junior forward Austin Stevens stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots, three assists, and a steal.
"I've got to credit my teammates," Hodge said. "They helped me get a lot of open looks and from there it's just on me. They did a great job, and I can't thank them enough."
Stevens, who was selected for the All-Kansas City Interscholastic Conference team, didn't score his customary number of points, but he still found ways to help the Tigers.
"You've just got to stay engaged," Stevens said. "(I) kept my hustle up (and) did everything I could, because my offense wasn't going great. So, I gave my team what I had on defense to make sure I was contributing."
Plattsburg coach Simon Morefield was thrilled the duo helped carry the team to the state semis.
"They love the game," Morefield said. "There's never a day that they're dragging into practice. They look forward to coming into the gym, they look forward to the grind, they look forward to the work, and having that energy, having that effort, it's allowing us to be where we're at today."
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