By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Canton boys basketball team began postseason play with a smooth victory Tuesday night.
Gabe McKenzie scored a game-high 21 points, and the top-seeded tigers downed No. 8 Wellsville 64-34 in the first round of the Class 2 District 5 Tournament at Louisiana, Mo.
Canton (24-1) jumped out to a 15-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and extended its lead to 34-16 by halftime. Tyler Niemann chipped in 13 points for the Tigers.
No. 2 South Shelby received 17 points from Andre McClure and whipped No. 7 Paris 66-35 in its first-round game. Paris scored only four points in both the second and third quarters.
Ryan Mayes added 11 points for South Shelby (20-5). The Cardinals will meet No. 3 Louisiana in the semifinals after the Bulldogs beat Van-Far 68-62.
Class 2 District 6 Tournament: Royce Poore scored a game-high 19 points and added six assists to help fourth-seeded Knox County beat No. 5 Scotland County 60-33 in a first-round game at Queen City, Mo.
Lee Tague added 16 points and nine rebounds for Knox County (13-12). Lucas Howard scored 10 points to lead Scotland County (10-15).
Class 1A Central Regional: Tyler Heimann scored a game-high 11 points to lift third-seeded Central to a 53-31 first-round win over No. 6 Brown County in Camp Point, Ill.
Central (13-16) led 28-11 at halftime. Lee Crank led Brown County (3-21) with 10 points.
Central will meet Southeastern in the semifinals after the second-seeded Suns beat No. 7 Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon 77-51. The Suns (13-13) led 25-7 after the first quarter.
Shea Flesner led the Suns, who made nine 3-pointers, with 19 points.
Class 1A Griggsville-Perry Regional: Liberty's Connor Wolf scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the first quarter to lead the second-seeded Eagles to a 71-18 first-round win over Pleasant Hill in Griggsville, Ill.
The Eagles (18-10) jumped out to a 31-2 first-quarter lead and cruised from there. Blake DeCamp led Pleasant Hill with six points.
Also in the first round, No. 3 Winchester West Central made five first-half 3-pointers en route to No. 6 Western 51-41.
Connor Hively scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats (9-17). Kyle Warning supplied 11 points for Western, and Eric Rueb added 10 points.