FREDERICKTOWN – An inability to produce consistent scoring haunted the short-handed Fredericktown girls basketball team for a second straight night on Tuesday.
De Soto guards Madalyn Bone and Sarah-Kate Peoples knocked down numerous shots from beyond 17 feet, and helped their squad surge to a 54-36 victory.
Junior forward Kendall Boyer notched game highs with 18 points and 11 rebounds for De Soto (8-14), which swung the momentum for good with a solid second quarter.
Fredericktown (4-18) answered an early 10-2 deficit with a 10-0 spurt that highlighted its Senior Night while honoring Callista Francis, Mattie Whitworth and Kylie Mann.
Sophomore Mallory Mathes made a steal and transition layup to open the second quarter and five the Lady Blackcats a 12-10 after 3-pointers by Francis and Maddie Burrows capped the first.
But the De Soto zone defense was otherwise stingy in holding the opposition to six points over a seven-minute stretch.
Bone scored eight of her 13 points in the second period, including three free throws after drawing a foul along the perimeter.
Boyer finished two baskets on entry feeds to the post, and the Lady Dragons rolled into halftime with a 28-18 advantage.
People netted three field goals during the third quarter to finish with 15 points, and capitalized on two third-quarter steals to create a 38-22 separation.
Francis sank a quick jumper from the elbow during the fourth quarter, and totaled 14 points with 10 rebounds for Fredericktown while drawing multiple defenders throughout the action.
Mathes chipped in 10 points after getting three late baskets. The Lady Blackcats ended with 16 turnovers while forcing 13.
Whitworth injured her left knee Monday against Perryville, but still stepped on the court for the opening seconds while wearing a large brace.
Fredericktown gave possession back after De Soto conceded the tip, allowing the senior guard to receive an ovation upon her departure.
Herculaneum 77, Bismarck 49
HERCULANEUM, Mo. – Jordan Duncan scored 25 points, and Herculaneum rode the success of a big first quarter past visiting Bismarck 77-49 on Tuesday.
Blake Leathers added 16 points for the Blackcats (8-15), who extended a 26-10 advantage through eight minutes to 44-27 at halftime.
Bismarck (5-17) was paced by senior center Devon Warden with 15 points and six rebounds as three Indians tallied double figures.
Ryan Yarza had 13 points with seven rebounds, and Logan Dunn notched 12 points with five rebounds.
Notre Dame 69, Farmington 68
FARMINGTON – Notre Dame rallied from 10 points down to start the fourth quarter, and survived a shot at the final buzzer to edge Farmington 69-68.
Dawson Dohogne and Tyler Landewee scored 23 points each for the visiting Bulldogs, who trailed 54-44 entering the final period.
Tycen Gray recorded another double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Farmington (15-9), which held a 34-26 lead at halftime before faltering late.
Brendon Hardy also had 18 points, and Cole Laurence finished with 14.
Central 80, Arcadia Valley 37
PARK HILLS – Senior guard Wade Scherffius notched a game-high 18 points for Central in an 80-37 home victory over Arcadia Valley.
Holden Mayberry provided 15 points and Brent Wagner added 11 for the Rebels (17-9), who dominated from the start to build a 45-10 halftime advantage.
Carter Brogan led Arcadia Valley (13-10) with 10 points.
St. Vincent 81, Kingston 63
CADET – Evan Clifton drained seven 3-pointers for the second consecutive game while propelling St. Vincent to an 81-63 triumph against Kingston.
He posted a game-high 26 points, while Matthew Rellergert and Isaac Ernst each provided 17. Trevor Lukefahr contributed 12 of his 14 points after the Indians led 39-31 at halftime.
St. Vincent (18-4) trailed 19-16 at the end of the first period before Clifton began converting from the perimeter.
Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter recorded 18 points plus 13 rebounds to pace Kingston (8-16). Cole Ragan also notched 18 points, and Kielan Reyes produced 17.