LEADWOOD – A stifling defensive effort in the second half ensured that the West County girls basketball team would avoid letting another first-place trophy slip away on Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs surrendered only eight points over the final 16 minutes, and defeated Perryville 49-31 in the championship game of the West County Christmas Tournament.
Freshman forward Dori McRaven scored a game-high 16 points, and junior Cheyenne Young compiled a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for West County (10-3).
Both teams used a similar approach of creating offense through its post players, but only West County would receive a boost from its guards after intermission.
Jordan Stevens equaled Allee Drennen with eight points in the win, and maintained her intensity once returning to the floor after chipping a tooth during an awkward fall in the second quarter.
Perryville (5-7) missed 12 consecutive shots during a nine-minute field goal drought after the eight lead changes had occurred in the first half.
Sydney Spears cut around a screen for a layup that gave the fifth-seeded Lady Pirates a 23-22 edge, and paced her squad with 15 points.
West County answered with a nifty spinning shot by Young on an inbounds play. Makenzie Simily dished one of her four assists to McRaven for a 26-23 halftime edge.
The Lady Bulldogs extended their range to continue a 9-0 surge in the third quarter. Stevens nailed a 17-footer, and senior Alyssa Roever landed a corner 3-pointer on the next possession.
Spears registered the lone Perryville basket of the third off broken pressure in the waning seconds, but McRaven capped a patient trip with a 3-point play to make it 45-30 with 3:30 left in the game.
West County converted 14-of-19 free throws, including 6-of-8 by Stevens.
Kirsten Stief netted eight points in the first quarter, and the Lady Pirates grabbed a 13-10 lead before Young countered with consecutive putbacks.
Spears hit a driving layup just ahead of the buzzer to put her team in front 17-16. McRaven propelled the Lady Bulldogs from there with three second-quarter baskets.
Perryville made a determined run to the championship round after first going into triple overtime on Wednesday to upset Hillsboro, which topped West County for last year’s title.
Valley 61, Viburnum 56
CADET – Lexie Black scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures, and the Valley girls clipped Viburnum for the second time this season on Friday.
The Lady Vikings expanded an 8-point halftime cushion to 15 in the fourth quarter, and secured a 61-56 victory for third place at the Kingston Tournament.
Emma Rosener and Madison Lucas each contributed 14 points, and Elizabeth Morris finished with 12 for Valley (9-5).
Kinsley Payne scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half for Viburnum, and surpassed 1,000 for her varsity career. She tallied a remarkable in a previous meeting with Valley earlier this month.
Liberty 58, Farmington 33
FENTON, Mo. – Liberty outscored Farmington 18-3 during a pivotal second quarter, and captured the championship of the Rockwood Summit Tournament on Friday.
Kayel Newland netted a game-high 17 points while teammates Jillian Fleming and Jordan Johnson had 10 apiece in a 58-33 triumph.
Farmington stayed with 14-12 through one period, but could not regroup completely from a 32-15 hole at intermission.
Alyson Tucker scored 13 points and made 6-of-8 free throws for the Knights (7-5), who placed second despite entering as the No. 4 seed. Macey Pauls provided seven points.
Claire Busse joined Tucker on the all-tournament team.
Hillsboro 57, Valle Catholic 50
LEADWOOD – Hannah Vaughn totaled 17 points following a hot start, and Hillsboro outlasted Valle Catholic 57-50 in the West County Tournament third-place game.
The Lady Hawks received 16 points from Kelsey Boyd plus 15 from Carlie Sanders, and converted 17-of-36 free throws compared to just 4-of-11 by Valle Catholic (5-7).
The first quarter ended in a 14-14 deadlock after senior Sydni Basler drained four baskets for the Lady Warriors, but Hillsboro gathered momentum to secure a 32-22 halftime lead.
Basler totaled a game-high 21 points for a second straight contest, and freshman Riley Siebert chipped in six for Valle Catholic.
STL Patriettes 47, St. Paul 29
LEADWOOD – Lizzy Pott keyed a second-quarter push with seven points, and scored a game-high 18 overall as the St. Louis Patriettes beat St. Paul 47-29 for fifth place at the West County Tournament.
Makayla Williams had nine points and Grace Turilli tallied eight for the home-schooled Patriettes, who held their opponents to four points in the second period to lead 21-10.
Paige Ames netted 12 points, and Chloe Propst added 10 more for St. Paul (4-7), which knocked down 7-of-11 free throws.
Fredericktown 58, Arcadia Valley 53
PARK HILLS – Seth Miller netted 18 points, and 14th-seeded Fredericktown picked up a second victory while facing elimination at the Central Christmas Tournament on Friday.
Logan Winkelman chipped in 14 points, and the Blackcats outlasted Arcadia Valley 58-53 after an early double-digit lead slipped away.
Grant Shankle and Colton Rehkop each added nine points for Fredericktown (5-7), which progressed to the consolation final against De Soto on Saturday.
The Blackcats capped the first quarter with a 21-11 advantage, but eight quick points from Jeremiah Moore helped Arcadia Valley draw within 43-42 entering the fourth.
Carter Brogan punctuated his debut season at the tournament with a game-high 22 points for Arcadia Valley (6-6. Moore ended with 10 points, and Mikey Sizemore added eight.
De Soto 67, West County 59
PARK HILLS – De Soto seized control of the first half, and grabbed some key offensive rebounds down the stretch to edge West County 67-59 in the consolation bracket at Central.
Austin West tallied 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, and De Soto surged ahead 36-24 at halftime before ultimately advancing to face Fredericktown at noon Saturday.
Aaron Perron and Trevor Johnson notched 11 points each for the victorious Dragons.
Noah Vinson powered West County (4-7) for the second consecutive round with 22 points, while Dake McRaven drilled three 3-pointers in the third quarter while totaling 14 overall.
Nathan Hollock finished 13 points, and Reid Pratt had eight for the Bulldogs.
South Iron 70, Ste. Genevieve 60
PARK HILLS – Freshman forward Brock Wakefield wore a path to the charity stripe, and No. 11 seed South Iron took down a second higher seed at the Central Christmas Tournament.
Wakefield compiled 32 points while draining an impressive 20-of-23 free throws, and the Panthers downed Ste. Genevieve 70-60 to reach the fifth-place game.
Austin Ruble sank four perimeter shots to tally 18 points, and Garrett Hovis added 10. South Iron will face Festus on Saturday.
Ste. Genevieve trailed 37-33 at halftime, and was within one possession multiple times in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were clutch at the line.
Senior guard Gabe Greminger shined from long range with seven 3-pointers, and made each of his four free throws attempted to finish with 25 points.
Logan Trollinger netted 10 points as Ste. Genevieve (4-7) converted 17-of-22 from the line.
Festus 75, Potosi 72
PARK HILLS – Senior guard Daniel Portell buried seven shots from 3-point range, and scored 27 points to lift Festus past Potosi 75-72 in the Central Christmas Tournament fifth-place bracket.
Blake Holland had 13 points, and the Tigers converted 23-of-30 free throws as a team while earning a matchup against South Iron on Saturday.
Festus extended a 32-27 halftime to 54-43 through three quarters, then held on after Potosi (4-6) mounted a dangerous comeback attempt with 29 points in the fourth.
Noah Jacobsen paced the Trojans with 22 points, but three fellow starters – Trenton Cain, Zach Haynes and Demond Guthrie – eventually fouled out.
Cain notched 14 points, and Garrett Wilkinson totaled 13 in defeat.
Owen Horsley had 12 points, and made 9-of-10 from the line in the final period to help Festus seal the outcome.
St. Vincent 75, Valle Catholic 58
STE. GENEVIEVE – Matthew Rellergert poured in 27 points, and St. Vincent repeated as champions of the Warrior Winter Classic with a 75-58 victory over host squad Valle Catholic on Friday night.
Evan Clifton was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, and netted 21 points for the Indians in a rematch of last year’s final. St. Vincent build leads of 18-13 after one quarter and 34-25 at halftime.
Mason Skaggs tallied 16 points and Ryan Grein added 14 to highlight four players from Valle Catholic (5-5) in double figures.
Carter Hoog had 11 points and Chase Dunlap contributed 10 for the Warriors, who made seven 3-point field goals in defeat.
Greenville 67, Kingston 63
STE. GENEVIEVE – Greenville erased a six-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, and edged Kingston 67-63 in overtime to capture fifth place at the Warrior Winter Classic.
Tye Huff scored 20 points for the Bears, who established a 26-20 scoring margin over the final eight minutes of regulation after trailing 40-34.
Kingston (5-9) received a majority of its offensive output from Cole Ragan with 25 points and Kielan Reyes with 21 more.
Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter tossed in 13 points for the Cougars.