FREDERICKTOWN – Defending champion Arcadia Valley navigated foul trouble and defeated Naylor 55-47 to advance from Fredericktown girls basketball tournament pool play Thursday night.
Katie Whited scored 11 of her team-high 15 points during a strong first quarter, and the Lady Tigers (2-0) secured a title matchup against Central on Saturday evening.
Arcadia Valley used transition offense to create pivotal separation late in the contest. Gracee Smith took an outlet pass and scored before a steal and layup by Josie Landrum made it 50-43.
The Lady Tigers added two more stops during a 7-0 run, and iced the outcome when Lia Hodge knocked down a jumper at 55-46 with about a minute remaining.
Smith contributed 10 points to a balanced effort, and Makayla Moise provided a forceful presence along the boards with 16 rebounds in the victory.
Jaesa Brockes equaled Moise with nine points while Landrum finished with eight. Arcadia Valley entered halftime with a 30-29 edge that followed numerous lead changes.
Callee Pickrell carried Naylor with a heathy double-double, netted 30 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out in the closing seconds.
She was responsible for 24 of the Lady Eagles’ 29 points during the first half. Her team converted just 6-of-33 attempts from 3-point range in the loss.
Naylor led 35-34 in the third quarter, but AV answered with a 3-point play inside from Moise and a deep triple by Brockes for a quick 6-0 swing.
Central 72, Fredericktown 28
FREDERICKTOWN – Central shot 52 percent from the field and eased into the championship game of the Fredericktown girls basketball tournament while wrapping up pool play on Thursday.
Caitlyn Holmes posted a game-high 18 points plus six rebounds, and 11 different Lady Rebels scored in a 72-28 rout of host club Fredericktown.
Skyler Amonette added 10 first-half points and freshman Kaley Kimball had eight for Central (3-0), which forced 29 turnovers and will face Arcadia Valley on Saturday for the championship.
Holmes hit a driving layup and Amonette sank a 3-pointer to highlight an opening 9-0 spurt. The Lady Rebels ended a dominant first quarter leading 25-2.
Maddie Burrows paced Fredericktown (0-2) with seven points. She made a steal and layup before nailing a 3-pointer in the second quarter, but the Lady Blackcats trailed 43-10 at halftime.
Kimball recorded four field goals while Kimmy Wallen, Sophia Horton and Aubree Eaton connected from long range in the second half for Central.
Callista Francis totaled six points and a game-high nine rebounds for Fredericktown, which will take on Perryville in the fifth-place game. Evann Davis had five points.
Ste. Genevieve 52, Valle Catholic 39
STE. GENEVIEVE – Freshman Sydney Bumgardaner tallied a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Ste. Genevieve girls capture first place in the round-robin Valle Catholic Tournament.
Avery Reed grabbed 17 rebounds while adding 13 points, and the Dragons capped an unbeaten week at the event with a 52-39 victory over the host Lady Warriors.
Strong work at the defensive end and along the boards enabled Ste. Genevieve (3-0) to establish a 24-10 advantage at halftime.
Senior Matti Helms provided a career-high 13 points in the victory. The Dragons built a 37-18 cushion before Valle Catholic (1-2) responded with a 9-0 run in the third quarter.
Senior guard Sydni Basler netted a game-high 19 points while Riley Siebert and Kaydi Heil each added six for the Lady Warriors.
Reed, Helms and Bumgardaner made the all-tournament squad for Ste. Genevieve along with Basler and Siebert for Valle Catholic.
St. Vincent was represented by Jackie Verseman and Abby Buchheit while Crystal City guard Kailey Kreig was also recognized.
Valley 55, Jefferson 53
CALEDONIA – Emma Rosener sank a go-ahead pair of free throws late in the final minute of action, and was 6-of-6 during the fourth quarter to help Valley claim third place in their home tournament.
The Lady Vikings survived an empty trip to the stripe by Jefferson with 10 seconds left, and Emma Beers split a pair to complete a 55-53 victory.
Madison Lucas compiled a game-high 21 points, and Rosener totaled 17 for Valley (3-1), which battled without senior guard Lexie Black due to an ankle injury.
Lucas spotted the Lady Vikings their largest lead of 19-8 by drilling a 3-pointer in the second quarter. Jefferson rallied to pull even by halftime at 26-26.
The game was tied again at 45-45 with 5:30 remaining. Valley scored the next six points, but Hannah Becherer banked 3-pointer to put the Blue Jays ahead 53-52 with 1:38 to play.
Hanna Floyd scored 11 points and Heidi Hurst added 10 for Jefferson. A final shot from near midcourt hit the rim as time expired.
Beers chipped in nine points for Valley.
Viburnum 76, Bismarck 38
CALEDONIA – Andy O’Dell threw down a pair of dunks in the second half, and scored 29 points to propel Viburnum past Bismarck for third place in the Valley boys tournament.
Couper Davis dropped in 25 points and Ethan Boyle supplied 15 more for the Blue Jays, who turned a 35-17 halftime lead into a runaway.
Bismarck (1-4) was on the wrong end of a running clock for the second straight game despite drawing the top seed in the bracket.
Tim Mork had 11 points to lead the Indians, who did not have starter Austin Droege available. Hunter Drake added seven points while Dalton Dugal and Ryan Yarza added six each.
Lesterville defeated Bourbon 59-50 in the championship game.
Potosi 36, Central 31
PARK HILLS – Three returning state tournament qualifiers each took command of their matches for the Potosi wrestling team in a season-opening dual on Thursday.
Ben Turnbough (195), Noah Juliette (132) and Kalub Evans (220) were among seven winners, and the Trojans prevailed 36-31 over district rival Central.
Turnbough, who placed second in the state as a junior, polished off a technical fall against Aaron Dooley just 32 seconds in the second period.
Juliette scored a fall while Evans rolled to a major decision. Austin Harris, Thomas Gamble and Tanner Weston pinned their respective opponents, and Jaydee Vick picked up a narrow 2-1 victory for Potosi.
Kade Willis (126) and Ryann Propst (285) secured falls while Blake Bolin (145) and Jacob Singleton (138) posted significant winning margins for the Rebels.
Garrett Smith prevailed by disqualification, and Joshua Countryman received a forfeit. Both teams were open at 113 pounds.
106 – Garrett Smith (C) win by DQ Hayden Gasten
113 – Double Open
120 – Joshua Countryman (C) win by forfeit
126 – Kade Willis (C) fall Lane Heeter (P), 0:35
132 – Noah Juliette (P) fall Levi O’Dell, 2:57
138 – Jacob Singleton (C) dec Aiden Boyer, 13-6
145 – Blake Bolin (C) maj dec Andrew Coleman, 19-7
152 – Austin Harris (P) fall Adam Rulo, 3:58
160 – Jaydee Vick (P) dec Michael Obenauer, 2-1
170 – Thomas Gamble (P) fall Kenneth Bell, 4:44
182 – Tanner Weston (P) fall William Mayberry, 5:20
195 – Ben Turnbough (P) tech fall Aaron Dooley, 17-1 (2:32)
220 – Kalub Evans (P) maj dec Kwinton Burnett, 13-1
285 – Ryann Propst (C) fall Louis Ortiz, 0:16