FARMINGTON – Hayden Sprenkel sparked his exceptional shooting early by draining four of his nine 3-pointers for North County during the first quarter against Potosi on Saturday.
He finished with a game-high 37 points plus six rebounds in a 62-53 victory in the opening round of Class 4, District 2 action. The Raiders drained 19 shots from the beyond the arc during a win against the Trojans earlier this year.
North County (20-6) advanced to face second-seeded Farmington for the fourth time this season on Tuesday in the semifinal round. Festus also advanced in the bracket to draw a matchup with Hillsboro.
Sprenkel buried a 3-pointer with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter to open the scoring. Each successive field goal was earned along the perimeter until Kaleb Coffman converted a 3-point play to bring the opposing Trojans within 15-9 late in the first quarter.
Garrett Wilkinson provided a team-high 17 points, including five shots from long range, for Potosi (10-15). Coffman tallied 14 points and six rebounds.
North County protected a slim lead nearing the break by generating more turnovers, even though Potosi improved its shooting. Wilkinson sank three 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Trojans trailed 33-27 at the break.
After Sprenkel splashed a shot from behind the volleyball attack line to start the third quarter, Potosi began rotating more effectively against him.
Hunter Johnson and Tyler Johnston crashed the boards aggressively down the stretch to help North County stay ahead. Johnson, who notched 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, briefly captured a 51-41 edge on a putback layup with 6:30 to play in the game.
North County made 5-of-7 free throws, while Potosi shot 11-of-15.
Noah Jacobsen totaled 10 points for the Trojans, and Trenton Cain posted eight points with eight rebounds.
Dexter 55, Ste. Genevieve 23
DEXTER, Mo. – The Ste. Genevieve boys generated a season-low scoring output, and were eliminated from the Class 4, District 1 tournament as host Dexter rolled 55-23.
Gabe Greminger scored 12 points in his final game for the Dragons (9-17), and drained a 3-pointer to open the contest. Chad Donze chipped in eight points.
Dexter (18-9) clamped Ste. Genevieve defensively while roaring to a 34-11 halftime lead, and sank 19-of-25 free throws. Gabe Jackson paced all players with 22 points.
Dawson Kasting and Braxton Foster added eight points each for the Bearcats, who will meet top seed Sikeston in the semifinal round.
North County 48, De Soto 32
FARMINGTON – North County sophomore Julia Christopher provided a reliable scoring option whenever De Soto focused on denying entry passes to standout Kayleigh Winch in the post. a girls Class 4, District 2 quarterfinal contest.
Christopher notched 17 points, and Ella Gant supplied 10 as the Lady Raiders triumphed 48-32 in a Class 4, District 2 first-round contest.
Winch remained a force on the glass to gather 21 rebounds along with 12 points. North County (16-11) will face No. 2 seed Festus on Monday.
The Lady Raiders started on a 6-0 run despite working around six turnovers in the first six minutes.
The Dragons (8-17) cut to the basket in transition to briefly tie the game at 8-8 with 1:35 to play in the first quarter.
Turnovers remained an issue late in the first half, but Winch stayed poised down low to ensure a 21-15 lead at the intermission.
De Soto restricted Winch during the third quarter by cutting off numerous passes. Gant responded by attacking the basket and finding open teammates for quality looks.
Gant assisted Christopher on a corner 3-pointer to gain a 29-19 lead with one minute to play in the third quarter. Christopher added a fast-break layup with six seconds on the clock to widen the spread.
The Dragons tried impeding the North County guards by applying full-court pressure early in the fourth, and caused multiple turnovers. Madalyn Bone drilled a 3-pointer in transition to make it 33-26 with 5:40 remaining.
Bone recorded 12 points for De Soto, while Kendall Boyer added seven.
The Lady Raiders stayed patient during the final minutes, and frequently worked the ball inside to seal the victory.
Hillsboro 67, Potosi 38
FARMINGTON – Hillsboro knocked off reigning Class 4, District 2 champion Potosi by generating a 17-6 run through the third quarter on Saturday.
The fifth-seeded Lady Hawks built a 31-23 advantage at halftime, then accelerated to secure a 67-38 win and advance to meet top-seed Farmington on Monday.
Kelsey Boyd sank five 3-pointers, and led all players with 23 points and eight rebounds for Hillsboro (12-13).
Carlie Sanders consistently ran out in transition to finish with 20 points, and beat the third-quarter buzzer by banking in a half-court shot.
Hillsboro opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run through the first four minutes by applying a suffocating perimeter defense.
Mackenzie Adams finally drained the first of the two perimeter shots in the period for Potosi (10-16), and made the score 38-26 with 4:15 left.
Adams recorded 14 points for the Lady Trojans, and Olivia Marsa added 12. Jayleen Like posted eight points with eight rebounds.
The Lady Hawks created a fast-paced attack off of late constricting defense as their lead ballooned.
Potosi was slowed by early miscues, but Marsa squared the score at 11-11 after Hillsboro had gained an early edge.
Sanders often reached the free-throw line, but made just one of her seven chances during the first period. Hillsboro went 7-of-19 from the stripe, and the Lady Trojans were 4-of-5.
Potosi urged mistakes with full-court pressure nearing the break, but failed to capitalize offensively.
Cape Central 65, Ste. Genevieve 58
DEXTER, Mo. – Corinne Reece compiled 29 points and six steals, and Cape Central outlasted Ste. Genevieve 65-58 in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament.
Abbie Reece added 14 points and Kassidy Ganam had nine points with seven rebounds for the Tigers, who claimed a 29-28 halftime lead after the first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie.
Avery Reed recorded a massive effort in her varsity finale for the Dragons with 23 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Maci Reynolds chipped in 11 points and Matti Helms netted nine. Ste. Genevieve (16-9) faced a 44-33 deficit in the third quarter before trimming the gap with a 10-2 run.
Sydney Bumgardner tallied eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.