By KYLE MAYHUGH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
EWING, Mo. -- The combination of South Shelby's Wyatt Proper and Andre McClure proved to much for the Highland boys basketball team.
Proper's 21 points led the Cardinals to a 60-53 Clarence Cannon Conference victory.
Proper paired his night with McClure's 17 points as South Shelby exploited a size advantage inside. Four 3-pointers from guards supplemented the offense, including two from Adam Ellyson.
"In the locker room at halftime, we talked about how the conference championship was out there, and we had a chance to go do it, so we came out fired up," Proper said.
The Cardinals outscored the Cougars 21-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
"The first half, we came out a little bit flat," South Shelby coach Philip Dunkle said. "We had a bit of a lead, but our intensity wasn't there."
Highland's Derick Smith scored 18 points, and Brandon Davie had 14.
Jack Neisen scored five of his seven points in the fourth quarter as the Cougars tried to come back, but cold shooting slowed their rally to a halt.
"This is a huge win," Dunkle said. "The way conference has played out, this can help us stay on top of that."