PARK HILLS – Valle Catholic executed a clutch inbounds play while trailing by two, and Kyle Gielow nailed a tying pair of free throws after drawing contact with 1.4 seconds left in regulation.

Chase Dunlap splashed a go-ahead 3-pointer from the right side with 1:58 to play in overtime, and the Warriors edged West County 62-60 in the MAAA Tournament fifth-place bracket.

Carter Hoog made 7-of-8 attempts from the line, and matched Gielow with a team-high 13 points as Valle Catholic (13-10) advanced to face Potosi on Saturday.

West County (12-11) turned a 28-22 halftime deficit into a 43-37 lead thanks to a strong third quarter, but key players Noah Vinson, Nate Kinnard and Hayden Roney each fouled out during the fourth.

Chayton Akers snapped a 56-56 tie for the Bulldogs with a steal and layup to start overtime, but Gielow did the same in response.

Ryan Grein equaled Dunlap with 10 points to give the Warriors four players in double figures. Mason Skaggs added eight points, and Aaron Doza chipped in seven.

Vinson buried 13-of-14 free throws, and netted a game-high 19 points for West County. Dake McRaven tallied 13 points, and Nathan Hollock had 11 after connected three time from the perimeter.

Potosi 71, Fredericktown 43

PARK HILLS – Potosi knocked down eight 3-pointers, including four by junior standout Noah Jacobsen, while routing Fredericktown 71-43 in the MAAA Tournament fifth-place bracket.

Jacobsen scored 32 points overall, and totaled 14 during the third quarter as the Trojans increased a 32-17 halftime lead to 56-33 eight minutes later.

Ryker Walton added 11 points, and Trenton Cain contributed 10 for Potosi (9-12), which will face Valle Catholic on Saturday.

The Trojans wasted no time taking control of the game, and built an early 24-5 advantage.

Logan Winkelman scored 15 points and Grant Shankle had 13 for Fredericktown (6-17).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

St. Paul 45, Ellington 40

ELLINGTON, Mo. – St. Paul snapped a three-game slide on Thursday with a narrow 45-40 triumph over Ellingston.

Paige Ames netted 16 points, and Chloe Propst had 13 for the Giants (6-16).

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