MONDAY'S BRIEFS: Smith pitches Hanson County past Platte in high school baseball actionPLATTE — Pierce Smith allowed one hit in five innings to earn the win as Hanson County beat Platte 16-3 in five innings in a high school baseball game Monday.
By: Sports staff, The Associated Press, The Daily Republic
PLATTE — Pierce Smith allowed one hit in five innings to earn the win as Hanson County beat Platte 16-3 in five innings in a high school baseball game Monday.
Darin Bartscher went 3-for-3 with a double and five RBIs and Smith and Austin Miller each had a pair of hits for Hanson County, which scored 11 runs in the first inning.
Platte won the JV game 6-5.
Hanson County is 2-1 and plays a doubleheader against Miller/Faulkton and Oldham/Ramona/Rutland beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday in Volga.
James scores 34, Heat beat Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James scored 34 points and Miami held on for a 98-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks, who nearly rallied from a 20-point deficit while playing their backups against the Big Three in the fourth quarter Monday night.
Mitchell native Mike Miller was held scoreless in 12 minutes and had one rebound and one assist.
Miami was looking to lock up the No. 2 seed in the East and played its starters all the way. The Hawks went to a makeshift lineup for the final period and nearly pulled it off.
The game turned ugly with 3½ minutes to go. Atlanta’s Zaza Pachulia powered inside for a basket. Zydrunas Ilgauskas took exception to the move and slammed the ball off Pachulia’s back as he turned to head back down the court.
Ilgauskas was ejected, and the Hawks hit the technical free throw to tie it at 88. But Miami outscored the Hawks 10-2 the rest of the way, with James Jones making two huge 3-pointers.
Moore taken first by Minnesota in WNBA Draft
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the first pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday.
Moore helped UConn win a record 90-straight games and also led the school to two national championships.
The four-time All-American averaged 22.8 points this season and 19.6 during her career. She was also the only collegian to play on the U.S. women’s national team that won the gold medal at the world championship last October.
Moore is the second straight UConn player to be taken with the first pick in the draft. Tina Charles went to the Connecticut Sun last season and earned the league’s rookie of the year honors.
The Lynx finished 13-21 last season and won the draft lottery.