STE. GENEVIEVE – Macey Pauls totaled a game-high 20 points plus four steals, and Farmington outlasted Ste. Genevieve 73-63 in girls basketball conference action on Monday night.
Farmington (9-7, 2-1) capped a contest littered by fouls with a 12-1 run after Ste. Genevieve (8-5, 0-2) grabbed its lone lead at 62-61 on two free throws by Jennifer Humbolt with 2:32 to play.
Alyson Tucker answered with a perfect trip to the line, and the Knights seized control by forcing three consecutive turnovers and converted each into points.
Claire Busse poured in 19 points, and Tucker netted 12 of her 15 during the fourth quarter in the victory. Zoe Johns chipped in six points with seven rebounds.
Avery Reed completed another double-double for the Dragons with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, but was assessed her fifth foul with 1:40 remaining.
Maci Reynolds finished with 17 points while Humbolt compiled 11 points with seven rebounds in defeat as Ste. Genevieve made 24-of-33 free throws and erased a 9-point deficit down the stretch.
Brittney Kreitler stepped up with nine points after freshman Sydney Bumgardaner departed with a knee injury in the second quarter.
Farmington grabbed a 34-27 halftime lead, and restored a 55-46 separation when Tucker drained an open 3-pointer from the right side.
Pauls swiped the ball and dribbled end to end for the game’s final basket following a transition layup by Tucker.
North County 49, Potosi 36
BONNE TERRE – North County renewed a concerted effort to find sophomore center Kayleigh Winch near the basket, and pulled away from Potosi for a 49-36 home victory.
Winch scored 12 of her 21 points during the third quarter as the Lady Raiders increased a narrow 16-15 halftime lead to 37-23.
Stephanie Peterson added seven points, Ella Gant and Michaela Mason tallied six apiece, and Alyssa Huber had five for North County (9-7, 1-1).
Sophomore Jayleen Like carried the offense for Potosi (8-6, 1-1) with 21 points, hitting three shots from beyond the arc. Olivia Coleman scored seven points, and senior guard Mackenzie Adams did not play.
Central 68, Fredericktown 28
FREDERICKTOWN – Skyler Amonette scored a game-high 24 points, and the Central girls cruised past Fredericktown 68-28 for their 10th consecutive win.
The Lady Rebels surged to a 25-9 lead after one quarter, and made the halftime margin 39-17. Amonette provided a perimeter spark with five 3-pointers.
Caitlyn Holmes finished with 13 points, and Karissa Belfield tallied nine for Central (16-1, 3-0), which can clinch a share of the MAAA Large-School title by defeating North County on Thursday.
Fredericktown (2-12, 0-2) was paced by Mallory Mathes with eight points.
Valley 73, Bismarck 28
CALEDONIA – Lexie Black sank four 3-pointers, and finished with 30 points to pace the Valley girls past Bismarck 73-28 in conference action.
Emma Rosener netted 19 points and Madison Lucas scored 11 for the Lady Vikings (11-7, 1-1), who built a 41-18 advantage by halftime.
Valley emerged from a slow start by creating a series of baskets off steals, and opened up a 19-10 lead through one quarter. Liz Morris contributed eight points to the win.
Brooklynn Fitzwater had 12 points, and Kendra Cooper chipped in five for Bismarck (0-14, 0-3).
Valle Catholic 63, Kingston 44
CADET – Valle Catholic built a 20-point cushion at intermission following a lengthy hiatus, and never looked back while defeating Kingston 63-44 on the road.
Sydni Basler scored 29 points for the Lady Warriors (6-9, 2-0), who jumped ahead 36-16 by the midway juncture and will host Valley for another conference game on Tuesday.
McKenzey Boyer finished with 25 points to guide Kingston (1-12, 0-2).
Bismarck 62, Valley 36
CALEDONIA – Devon Warden posted 17 points and eight rebounds to help the Bismarck boys basketball team notch back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Hunter Drake recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Indians dominated the second half to defeat Valley 62-36.
Bismarck (5-12, 2-1) extended a 25-19 halftime lead by outscoring the Vikings 18-7 in the third quarter.
Dylan Turner dropped in 14 points for Valley (2-10, 0-2).