West County 66, St. Paul 21
LEADWOOD – The West County girls basketball team ran repetitive plays through the post, and created more offense by forcing turnovers to establish early dominance on Wednesday.
Junior forward Allee Drennen generated 13 of her game-high 17 points during the first quarter, and the host Lady Bulldogs downed St. Paul 66-21 to open the West County Christmas Tournament.
Freshman Dori McRaven earned a start and totaled 15 points with eight rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (8-3), who will face the St. Louis Patriettes on Thursday in the semifinal round.
Drennen preceded a McRaven putback with a second-chance basket during an initial 9-2 spurt, and used one of her five steals to cap the opening stanza at 24-4.
Chloe Propst had the only St. Paul (4-5) points until Andi Stetina rolled down a jumper in the first minute of the second quarter, and the Giants trailed 35-11 at intermission.
West County senior Alyssa Roever shook off an early struggle from the perimeter by sinking a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter, and ended the contest with nine points.
Jordan Stevens and Hannah Myers each netted a pair of field goals to help increase the margin to 60-17.
Cheyenne Young recorded nine rebounds while equaling Makenzie Simily with six points each. Madalyn Herrera contributed four assists and four steals in the win.
Sarah Lady paced the Giants with seven points, while Propst totaled six points and five rebounds.
Valle Catholic 42, STL Patriettes 30
LEADWOOD – Sophomore Lauren Staab provided a lift with her mid-range game as Valle Catholic put away the St. Louis Patriettes 42-30 at the West County Christmas Tournament.
Although their Lady Warriors dealt with their own offensive struggles, they were never threatened after holding their home-schooled opponents to six points over the first 17 minutes.
Sydni Basler swished two early 3-pointers, and matched Staab for game-high honors with eight points as Valle Catholic (5-5) advanced to face Perryville in Thursday’s semifinal round.
Riley Siebert grabbed nine rebounds, and Hannah Fowler secured eight more for the Lady Warriors, who led 20-6 at intermission following a baseline jumper by Rachel Loida.
Staab sank her third basket of the third quarter off an excellent bounce pass through traffic by Mallory Weiler to cap the stanza with a 31-14 separation.
Makayla Williams tallied seven of her eight points, including 3-of-4 free throws, while helping the Patriettes outscore Valle Catholic 16-11 in the fourth.
Grace Turilli supplied seven points in defeat.
Taylor Siebert had six points while Kaydi Heil notched three steals for the Lady Warriors.
Perryville outlasted second-seeded Hillsboro 60-54 in triple overtime.
Farmington 59, Soldan 30
FENTON, Mo. – Farmington limited Soldan to just two points in the first quarter, and landed 12 players in the scoring column while controlling its opener at the Rockwood Summit Tournament.
Claire Busse finished with 10 points, McKenna Moore netted nine, and the Knights rolled to a 59-30 triumph in the opening round.
Zoe Johns had eight points while Macey Pauls, Kaylee Wooldridge and Alyson Tucker each provided six for Farmington (6-4), which surged ahead 30-8 at halftime.
The fourth-seeded Knights will continue action on Thursday against Rockwood Summit, which stunned top seed Pacific 53-50 on its home floor.
Zuri Jackson dropped in a game-high 18 points for Soldan.
Valley 77, Kingston 28
CADET – Senior guard Lexie Black tallied 13 of her game-high 33 points during the third quarter, and Valley dominated the host team 77-28 to begin the Kingston Invitational.
The Lady Vikings used a 26-5 scoring differential in the second quarter to build a 44-17 halftime lead. Black highlighted the perimeter attack by hitting five 3-pointers.
Emma Rosener was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, and finished with 16 points as second-seeded Valley (8-4) advanced to face Jefferson in the semifinals on Thursday.
Madison Lucas had 13 points, and Liz Morris provided nine in the victory.
Makenzey Boyer netted 16 points, and Alyssa Downey added six for Kingston (0-8). The Lady Cougars will meet crossroads in the consolation bracket.
Potosi 52, Fredericktown 51
PARK HILLS – Potosi sank nine 3-pointers, and withstood a final shot from Fredericktown as time expired to stay alive in the Central Christmas Tournament consolation bracket.
Olivia Coleman netted 13 points, Mackenzie Adams scored 12 more on four triples, and the Lady Trojans prevailed 52-51 after leading by six entering the fourth quarter.
Cameryn Yount reached double digits with 11 points while connecting three times from the perimeter, and Peyton Blair added seven in the win.
Potosi (5-4) grabbed a 19-13 lead through one quarter of action, and marched on to face Ste. Genevieve on Saturday.
Fredericktown (2-8), which trailed 31-25 at halftime, received a game-high 15 points from senior Callista Francis plus 11 from Maddie Burrows.
Kylie Mann had eight points, Mallory Mathes chipped in seven and Evann Davis ended with six for the Lady Blackcats.
Ste. Genevieve 65, Bismarck 24
PARK HILLS – Avery Reed again powered Ste. Genevieve with 21 points, and the Dragons reached the consolation final at Central with a 65-24 handling of winless Bismarck.
Sydney Bumgardaner provided 13 points, and senior Matti Helms finished with 11 as Ste. Genevieve (6-3) advanced to play conference rival Potosi on Saturday morning.
Julia Boyer chipped in eight points for the Dragons, who built a sizable 24-2 lead through one quarter before being outscored 8-6 over the next eight minutes.
Brooklynn Fitzwater paced Bismarck (0-9) with nine points, and Kenzie Jaycox had five.
West County 95, Viburnum 63
PARK HILLS – West County responded from a ragged performance less than 16 hours earlier by cranking out a 26-point first quarter at the Central Christmas Tournament on Wednesday.
Noah Vinson netted 10 of his game-high 27 points during the opening period, and the Bulldogs rolled past Viburnum 95-63 in the consolation bracket.
Nathan Hollock poured in 17 points while drilling half of his team’s 10 3-pointers in the game, and West County (4-6) advanced to meet De Soto at noon on Friday.
The Bulldogs had a 15-point advantage through eight minutes, and bumped a 49-32 halftime margin to 75-51 through three quarters. They were 15-of-25 from the line.
Nate Kinnard finished with 12 points, and Ty Simily added 11 in the victory. Hayden Roney and Ryan Retzer scored eight apiece.
Couper Davis paced Viburnum with 19 points, while Andy O’Dell tallied 17 and Ethan Boyle had 16.
Valle Catholic 56, Grandview 37
STE. GENEVIEVE – Ryan Grein finished with a game-high 16 points, and Valle Catholic used a strong third quarter to earn a semifinal berth as the host school in the Warrior Winter Classic.
Freshman Carter Hoog contributed two 3-pointers to a 24-7 scoring run following halftime, as the third-seeded Warriors pulled away from Grandview 56-37.
Valle Catholic (4-4) extended a narrow 23-21 halftime edge to 47-28 before slowing the pace, and will face second-seeded Jefferson on Thursday.
Hoog netted 12 points, Mason Skaggs ended with 11, and Chase Dunlap scored eight in the victory.
Bryan Martinez had 10 points to highlight Grandview, which converted 7-of-10 free throws.
Kingston fell to Zalma 75-72, and St. Vincent ripped St. Paul 95-37 elsewhere in the bracket.