STE. GENEVIEVE – An anticipated individual matchup between 1,500-point club members Sydni Basler and Lexie Black on Tuesday night supplied the early subplot.
A stellar display of balanced scoring and harassing defense became the theme, however, as the Valle Catholic girls basketball team remained unbeaten in conference play.
Freshman forward Hannah Fowler scored eight of her team-high 14 points during the fourth quarter, and the Lady Warriors pulled away from Valley 65-39.
Basler netted 11 points while approaching the career scoring record at Valle Catholic (7-9, 3-0), which faces a first-place battle against reigning MAAA Small-School power Arcadia Valley on Thursday.
The Lady Warriors opened the third quarter with a powerful 15-2 run over five minutes that almost mirrored their brilliant start.
An pinpoint bounce pass from Taylor Siebert to Lauren Stabb in transition extended a 28-23 halftime lead, and freshman Riley Siebert converted a putback moments later.
Kaydi Heil drained an open 3-pointer, and Stabb knocked down a baseline jumper for her third field goal of the third quarter and a 43-25 advantage.
Valle Catholic eventually created a 61-36 separation as triples by Basler and Taylor Siebert sandwiched two field goals from Fowler, and limited the Lady Vikings to one basket in the final quarter.
Riley Siebert grabbed nine rebounds and Stabb corralled eight more while each added 10 points to the win. Taylor Siebert dished out eight assists, and equaled Heil with eight points.
Black was the lone consistent source of offense for Valley (11-8, 1-2) with a game-high 24 points along with four steals. Her sizzling second quarter temporarily revived Valley from a ragged start.
The Lady Vikings committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter alone, and were unable to draw whistles at times while attacking multiple defenders off the dribble.
Valle Catholic conversely drained numerous early jumpers. Taylor Siebert opened the action with a 3-pointer before setting up her team’s next three scores.
Mallory Weiler capped the initial stanza with a pull-up jumper for a 16-3 lead, and Riley Siebert cleaned up a missed shot to restore a 26-13 margin for the Lady Warriors.
Black eventually drove to earn consecutive trips to the free-throw line, then drilled her second triple in a row with 5 seconds left as Valley entered intermission on a 10-2 spurt.
Elizabeth Morris provided seven points and six rebounds in defeat.
Lesterville 56, Bismarck 41
BISMARCK – Significant progress was shown Tuesday by a Bismarck girls basketball team still searching for its first victory.
The Lady Indians eclipsed their highest scoring output of the season by a difference of 13 points although visiting Lesterville emerged with a 56-41 triumph.
Ashley Turner netted a career-high 18 points, and Chloey Hardy added 10 for Bismarck (0-15).