PARK HILLS – Another stellar first quarter at the defensive end propelled the Central girls basketball team to a victory in its home opener Monday night.
Senior Caitlyn Holmes compiled a career-high 27 points along with seven rebounds, and the Lady Rebels dominated Lindbergh 71-49 after both clubs claimed tournament titles over the weekend.
Central (5-0) shot an impressive 58 percent from the field, and surged to a 27-4 advantage following a putback by Callie Thurston with less than seven minutes to play before halftime.
Holmes began the night with a driving layup before catching a back-screen lob from Skyler Amonette on the next possession. She scored nine points in each of the first two quarters.
Lindbergh (3-1) was often forced into turnovers and rushed shots early on, and faced 37-16 deficit at the break. Julie Baudendistel netted 13 points and Taylar Headrick had 11 for the Flyers.
Amonette totaled 12 points for the Lady Rebels, including an aggressive layup through contact to create a 44-20 separation in the third quarter.
Freshman Sophia Horton added 11 points to the win. A jumper by Kimmy Wallen brought the Central lead to its maximum at 61-33.
Ste. Genevieve 56, Windsor 21
STE. GENEVIEVE – Avery Reed totaled 20 points with 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots to lead Ste. Genevieve in a comfortable 56-21 home victory over Windsor.
The Dragons (4-0) implemented early defensive pressure to assume control of the game, and carried a 41-9 advantage into halftime.
Sydney Bumgardaner finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while Jennifer Humbolt and Brittney Kreitler scored six points each for Ste. Genevieve.
Jaida Greminger dished out five assists.
Kaitlin Lewis and Madi Miller each had six points for Windsor (1-4).
Potosi 59, De Soto 53
POTOSI – Senior guard Mackenzie Adams scored 19 points, and the Potosi girls overcame some foul trouble and several missed layups to hold off De Soto 59-53.
Cameryn Yount reached double figures again with 11 points while Jayleen Like notched 10 and Peyton Blair provided eight for the Lady Trojans (3-1).
Potosi outscored the visiting Dragons 21-12 in the second quarter to lead 38-36 at halftime, but De Soto drew to within 38-36 following the third period.
Fredericktown 63, Bismarck 15
BISMARCK – Callista Francis posted 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting along with 12 rebounds and six steals to help Fredericktown prevail 63-15 over Bismarck for its first victory of the season.
Mallory Mathes established a career high for the second straight game with 18 points, and distributed five assists as the Lady Blackcats (1-3) built a 36-8 halftime lead.
Maddie Burrows provided 11 points, and Evann Davis grabbed nine rebounds for Fredericktown.