PARK HILLS – The Central girls basketball team capped a perfect run to the MAAA Large-School title on Monday, and virtually secured the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament.
Caitlyn Holmes scored a game-high 17 points, and the Lady Rebels rolled past Potosi 70-46 for their 12th consecutive win while celebrating Senior Night.
Sophia Horton added 11 points while Avery Norris netted nine and Skyler Amonette recorded seven for Central (18-1, 5-0), which built a 42-18 halftime lead and made 8-of-10 free throws overall.
Holmes, whose 10 first-quarter points sparked an early 26-6 outburst, played her final home game along with fellow seniors Karissa Belfield, Ally Nelson and Amonette.
Potosi (8-10, 1-4) was paced by Mackenzie Adams with 16 points, including four shots from behind the arc. Jayleen Like finished with 12.
Farmington 79, Fredericktown 49
FREDERICKTOWN – A sudden perimeter barrage from Macey Pauls helped Farmington quickly turn a tie game into a lopsided outing during the fourth quarter.
The junior guard scored 19 of her 23 points within the final stanza while connecting five times from 3-point range, and propelled the Knights past Fredericktown 79-49.
Alyson Tucker generated her 22 points at a more balanced pace for Farmington (11-7, 4-1) while Zoe Johns chipped in nine points from the post.
Emily Greif made a steal and two free throws to restore a 36-25 margin after the Knights rolled into halftime leading 34-23 on a triple at the buzzer by Tucker.
Fredericktown (2-15, 0-5) rallied with a 13-2 spurt over the next four minutes, as consecutive triples by Mallory Mathes and Callista Francis brought the home team even at 38-38.
But the Knights grabbed the last six points of the third quarter, including another Tucker three with 4 seconds left. Pauls then stoked what ultimately became a closing 41-11 run over the last 10 minutes.
Francis grabbed 11 rebounds while matching Mathes with 17 points each for the Lady Blackcats.
Valle Catholic 56, West County 45
STE. GENEVIEVE – Sydni Basler drilled a 3-point shot just ahead of the halftime buzzer to bring the Valle Catholic girls within 25-22 against visiting West County.
The senior guard netted 31 points overall, and sparked a fourth quarter pull-away as the Lady Warriors prevailed 56-45 to take their second victory in three meetings this season.
Valle Catholic (8-10, 4-1) expanded a narrow 39-37 advantage by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-8 in the fourth quarter to earn second place in the MAAA Small-School standings.
West County (15-6, 3-2) utilized its post players to grab an early 17-9 lead.
Arcadia Valley 87, Bismarck 26
IRONTON – Junior guard Josie Landrum achieved a career best with 20 points, including 14 during a massive third quarter by Arcadia Valley on Monday night.
The Lady Tigers produced 36 points during that stretch of eight minutes, and topped Bismarck 87-26 for their 29th straight MAAA Small-School win.
Gracee Smith tallied 10 of her 18 points during the first quarter, and Makayla Moise netted 17 while making 7-of-8 free throws for Arcadia Valley (10-8, 4-0).
Jaesa Brockes finished with 14 points and Katie Whited added eight. The Lady Tigers, who led 47-10 at halftime, can capture a sixth straight outright conference title Tuesday by defeating Kingston.
Ashley Turner scored 11 points and Chloey Hardy had six for Bismarck (0-17, 0-5).
Valley 72, Kingston 43
CALEDONIA – Sophomore forward Elizabeth Morris scored a career-high 18 points, and Valley eased past Kingston 72-43 for its second conference win.
Lexie Black netted a game-high 25 points, and Emma Rosener dropped in 20 for the Lady Vikings (12-9, 2-3), who bolted to a 46-26 halftime lead.
Kingston was highlighted (2-14, 1-3) by MaKenzey Boyer with 13 points. The Lady Cougars trailed 22-10 through one quarter of action.