Eagles edge Blazers in thriller, will meet Falcons for title

Southern Boone edged Tolton 53-51 Thursday night to advance to the championship game of the Class 3 District 9 tournament. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

WARDSVILLE --- Is this what you expected?

Probably not.

Because this was more than you could have asked for. When this affair wasn't great, it was superb.

With these seasons on the line --- not to mention the high school careers of 10 seniors --- it was a sophomore who delivered the difference-making knockout blow.

Sam Stichnote sank a short, running jumper with one second left as the Southern Boone Eagles edged the Father Tolton Trailblazers 53-51 in a Class 3 District 9 semifinal thriller Thursday night at Blair Oaks.

It's why we love sports, games like this.

Instant classic.

"I don't even have words to describe it right now," Eagles coach Andy Jahnsen said. "This is just a monumental win against a great program --- it's one of those games I'll never forget.

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