MOKANE -- Dane Daugherty had quite the Friday night for the South Callaway Bulldogs, knocking down a single-game school record nine 3s against the Missouri Military Academy Colonels while winning Courtwarming King at South Callaway High School.
Adding to Daugherty's impressive performance, he recorded a game-high 32 points -- nine more than anyone else -- and tallied seven 3s in the third quarter, good enough to tie for second in MSHSAA's record book. Central: Park Hill's Brandon Wagner holds the record with nine 3s in the first quarter against Valle Catholic on Feb. 7, 2017.
Daugherty also led the Bulldogs in their team's single-game school record 19 3s.
"He's a shooter," South Callaway boys basketball coach Seth Thomas said of Daugherty. "He won't even lie to you; he was a little down early because he missed some 3s early. But, he can get hot quick, and he got hot quick. It's just great for a kid like that; people come to games and see him make 3s. Dane's a kid that has always shot after practice, shot before practice and worked on his craft. And it's great to see him have success in the game."
It wasn't just Daugherty and South Callaway's 3-point shooting that was lights out Friday; the Bulldogs dominated in all facets, routing district opponent MMA 91-35. South Callaway's 91 points were its most since it beat Russellville 91-58 on Feb. 3, 2015, and the day before that game, the Bulldogs won 104-46 against the Colonels.
"In the second half, we were a little more decisive with our decision-making; more confident of what we wanted to do on the offensive end," Thomas said. "It always helps to make shots, but we always come out of halftime and play super well. We got big contributions from everybody. ...Really proud of how we finished this game off, and I like where we're at heading into the final stretch of the season."
Outside of Daugherty, South Callaway's standout performances were Tayber Gray with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists, Adam Loucks with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, Colten Crocker with 11 points, Tucker Jones with four steals and three blocks and Ethan Edwards with six rebounds.
Beating MMA (2-19) by 56 points, one may think South Callaway (17-6) led from wire to wire, but that wasn't the case.
Six-foot, six-inch Colonel Gihana Favour Nziza started the contest on a 4-0 run, landing a mid-range jumper and scoring a putback, but MMA's lead soon evaporated.
On the Bulldogs' possession following Nziza's putback, Jones drained a 3 from the top of the key, and two possessions after that, Gray put South Callaway in front the rest of the way, going 2-2 at the free-throw line to hand SC a 5-4 advantage.
Playing their fast-paced full-court offense, Jones stole a Colonels pass and dished it to Loucks, who got a layup to fall to further the Bulldogs' lead to 7-4.
With 2:18 left in the first quarter, Daugherty opened his historic night, hitting a left corner 3 assisted by No. 11 Crocker to increase South Callaway's lead to 11 (17-6).
Crocker joined the scoresheet on the Bulldogs' final drive of the first, receiving a Gray pass and launching a right corner 3 into the hoop to put South Callaway in front 22-6 at the end of the quarter.
Through one quarter, the Bulldogs registered four 3s; in the second, they made three triples. South Callaway's seven 3s in the first half matched Daugherty's third-quarter total, highlighting how phenomenal his feat was.
Even before halftime, the Bulldogs displayed flashiness in their game. There was a Gray stepback floater inside in the first quarter, a Crocker 3 after he made a fake pass and a Loucks spin-around layup in the second.
Loucks's layup concluded the first-half offense as he notched a half-high 13 points to help South Callaway to a 37-16 advantage at the break.
Daugherty opened his third-quarter 3-point clinic on the first possession of the second half, sinking a top-of-the-arc 3 provided by Gray before converting another shot from deep off an Edwards offensive board on South Callaway's next drive.
Four possessions later, Daugherty scored his third 3 of the third to make it 51-16 Bulldogs, forcing an MMA timeout with 5:27 remaining in the quarter.
Break or no break, it didn't matter. Daugherty got his fourth triple to fall on South Callaway's ensuing possession to put it at 54-18 Bulldogs.
Just like that 3, Gray assisted Daugherty's fifth, making it from the left corner and giving South Callaway a 41-point cushion (59-18).
As he did to begin the third, Daugherty fired up the Bulldogs' student section with two 3s in successive possessions, South Callaway's final two of the quarter. Looking more like a Great Dane than a Bulldog, it didn't matter where Daugherty attempted his 3s, landing his last two from the left and right sides of the arc.
All seven of Daugherty's 3s were 63.6 percent of the Bulldogs' 33 points in the third quarter. Gray added two 3s for South Callaway, bringing its total to nine makes from deep in the third.
In the fourth, South Callaway recorded three 3s with a running clock in effect for the entire quarter. The Bulldogs' final 3-pointer, the game's last basket, came from junior varsity player Chase Mealy as he knocked down his shot in front of the student section.
Taking care of business on both sides, South Callaway held MMA to 35 points, three more than Daugherty. Furthermore, it was the second least points the Bulldogs have given up this season; South Callaway's fewest allowed was when it prevailed 53-27 at Linn last Friday.
"I think defensively, we really got after it in the second half," Thomas said. "I think we made more of a concerted effort. We were able to get live ball turnovers that turned into transition looks, and a lot of them happened to be 3s. So, I think our defense is really top-notch tonight as well."
South Callaway fans fed off the Bulldogs' dominance on the court, with its student section doing push-ups when the home team scored in the fourth quarter.
"I think we play great when we have big crowds," Thomas said. "We've had big crowds all season long. It was great to honor our teachers tonight. Teachers do a lot of little things, and they're able to impact a kid's life long after they're gone from high school. It was great to play good in front of these teachers; honor them. It was great to play great in front of a nice Courtwarming crowd. It's always good to have the Courtwarming King (Daugherty) get a win on Courtwarming."
Before hosting its final game of the regular season, South Callaway faces another opposition it should realistically cruise to victory against, Silex (5-15), at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Silex High School. Silex is the only team rival/district opponent North Callaway (7-16) has beaten twice this season.
"We seed (districts) on Monday, and we head to Silex Monday," Thomas said. "We've got a matchup with Eugene Friday night, and it's gonna be for a share of the conference championship if we can be successful. They're a great team, well-coached. We've got our work cut out for us."