DE SOTO, Mo. – Hayden Sprenkel knocked down his first four shots from the field, and the North County boys basketball team earned a spot in the Fountain City Classic title game on Friday night.
The Raiders committed only eight turnovers in the contest, and built an 11-point advantage in the first quarter before holding off Rockwood Summit for a 55-49 semifinal win.
Sprenkel finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and six steals for North County (3-0), which maintained leads of 31-24 at halftime and 43-37 through three quarters.
Hunter Johnson added seven points with five rebounds, and John Starkey scored six for the Raiders, who will face top seed Cape Central for the championship.
Ste. Genevieve 58, De Soto 56
DE SOTO, Mo. – Senior guard Gabe Greminger scored 16 points, and Ste. Genevieve advanced to the fifth-place game of the Fountain City Classic with a 58-56 triumph over event host De Soto.
The game was tied 15-15 through one quarter and 26-26 at halftime, but Ste. Genevieve (1-1) hit some late free throws to create a five-point advantage in the closing seconds.
Derek Morganthaler added nine points and Chad Donze contributed eight to the victory while Chase Koller, Sam Stolzer and Brandon Drury has six each.
Ste. Genevieve advanced to face Seckman on Saturday.
Austin West Scored a game-high 18 points for De Soto.
Steelville 61, Potosi 47
SULLIVAN, Mo. – Steelville landed four players in double figures, and used a strong third quarter to outlast Potosi 61-47 for third place in the FCNB Bank-It tournament.
Garrett Becker scored 15 points and Tanner Diaz added 14 for the Cardinals. Josh Earney chipped 13 more and Garrett Marshall had 12.
Potosi (1-2) pulled even at 29-29 in the closing seconds before halftime on consecutive layups by Kaleb Coffman and Trenton Cain that followed steals.
Steelville steadily extended a two-point edge at the break to 50-39 as the third quarter concluded.
Coffman tallied a game-high 21 points, and Cain notched 14 in defeat for the Trojans.
Seckman 34, North County 32
DE SOTO, Mo. – Excessive foul trouble and shaky perimeter shooting by North County spelled a semifinal bracket upset in the girls Fountain City Classic on Friday night.
Makalya Parton tallied 10 points, Sam Stuckmeyer and Emma Harris added eight apiece, and Seckman ousted the top seed and defending champion Lady Raiders 34-32.
Seckman had an 8-4 scoring edge in the second quarter to lead 17-13, and North County did likewise in the third to forge a 23-23 tie.
The Lady Raiders trailed 32-25 with four minutes remaining, but pulled even when Kayleigh Winch made a putback with 1:12 on the clock.
Maranda Kriese split two free throws for the decisive point, and North County was unable to release a desperation shot before time expired.
Winch recorded a game-high 19 points, but spent much of the second quarter on the bench along with post teammate Michaela Mason with three personal fouls.
The Lady Raiders shot 1-of-18 from 3-point range, and will meet rival Farmington for third place at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Oakville 57, Farmington 36
DE SOTO, Mo. – Emily Kuntze scored 20 points, and Oakville dominated the second half for a 57-36 victory over Farmington in the second Fountain City Classic girls semifinal.
Taylor Zarr had 16 points and Madison Boaz added 10 more for the Tigers, who used an 8-0 spurt in the third quarter to create a 36-22 separation.
Farmington (1-2) established its final lead when Claire Busse sank a baseline jumper at 8-7, but trailed 15-10 when a steal and layup for Oakville capped the first quarter.
Zoe Johns scored 11 points to lead the Knights, who will face North County for third place on Saturday.
Alyson Tucker notched six points to equal Busse and Macey Pauls, whose fourth personal foul was whistled less than a minute into the second half.
Nixa 46, Farmington 27
NIXA, Mo. – Six victories by first-period fall helped Nixa spoil the season opener for the Farmington wrestling team on Friday.
Returning state qualifiers Austin Wadlow (106) and Dylan Allen (170) pinned their opponents in the second minute of action, but the Knights fell 46-27 against Nix.
Farmington claimed five individual matches, including a forfeit awarded to Sam Nickelson (132). Andrew Lappe (126) also won by fall, and Kyle Crawford (120) scored an 8-5 decision.
The Knights will continue their weekend in southwestern Missouri by participating Saturday in the Neosho Tournament.
106 – Austin Wadlow (F) fall Deagan Fugitt, 1:38
113 – Brayden Middleton (N) fall Ben DeWaal, 1:31
120 – Kyle Crawford (F) dec Dylan Carter (N), 8-5
126 – Andrew Lappe (F) fall Ethan Shepherd, 5:39
132 – Sam NIckelson (F) win by forfeit
138 – Kolyn Eli (N) maj dec Ian Asher, 20-10
145 – Chandler McAtee (N) dec Smokey Branch, 7-3
152 – Charles Hawkins (N) fall Dakota Rulo, 1:36
160 – Jordan Eli (N) fall Kael Krause, 0:36
170 – Dylan Allen (F) fall Trevor Rock, 1:56
182 – Marek Davis (N) fall Clayton Shelley, 1:10
195 – Donovan Benetti (N) fall Judd Cunningham, 0:58
220 – Oswaldo Garcia (N) dec Dalton Berg, 7-2
285 – Ryan Davis (N) fall Chase Berg, 1:46