STE. GENEVIEVE – The Ste. Genevieve girls basketball team received a massive boost in the post by senior Avery Reed against Crystal City in round two of the Valle Catholic Tournament on Wednesday.
Reed paced the Dragons with 18 points and eight rebounds in a 52-29 victory. Jennifer Humbolt added support down low with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Ste. Genevieve (2-0) played without freshman guard Maci Reynolds, who injured her knee in pregame warm-ups, and is out indefinitely.
The Dragons will face neighboring rival Valle Catholic in the final game of the round-robin style tournament on Thursday. Crystal City will play St. Vincent in the earlier contest.
Reed became the main focus to the Ste. Genevieve offense early, despite Crystal City senior Maebry Jones battling to deny passes in her direction.
The Dragons generated a 10-0 spurt late in the first quarter, which was fueled by offensive rebounding by Humbolt and Reed.
Kailey Kreig broke the streak with her first of five 3-pointers to bring the score within 16-6 with 1:31 to play in the first.
Kreig finished with a game-high 19 points for the Lady Hornets, and provided a constant threat from behind the arc.
Sydney Bumgardaner drained two shots from beyond the perimeter to record 14 points for the Dragons.
Crystal City kept the score to a narrow 28-19 deficit at the half behind its strong outside attack, but Ste. Genevieve broke away following the break with aggressive defense.
The Dragons applied full-court pressure to generate frantic passes and turnovers by the Lady Hornets in the second half.
Bumgardaner made a steal with 3:55 to play in the third, and converted a 12-foot jumper that urged a Crystal City timeout with a 38-21 lead.
The Lady Hornets attempted to shrink the gap with shots from the perimeter, but their effort was offset by the effective post play by Ste. Genevieve.
St. Vincent 59, Valle Catholic 46
STE. GENEVIEVE – Sydni Basler led a fourth-quarter surge in an attempt by the Valle Catholic girls basketball team to come back against St. Vincent in its home tournament.
Basler drilled three of her four 3-pointers during the fourth quarter, and notched 18 points to pace the Lady Warriors.
However, Jackie Verseman dominated in the post to record a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-46 victory for the Lady Indians.
The final period began with Basler making a 3-pointer from the corner on the opening possession to shrink the gap to 41-28.
Kaydi Heil later banked in a shot from the perimeter, then immediately stole the inbounds pass to assist a cutting Taylor Siebert on a completed 3-point play, bringing Valle Catholic (1-1) within 45-38 with 5:20 to play.
The Lady Warriors forced numerous late turnovers with full-court pressure, but St. Vincent successfully broke through the resistance for easy points near the basket.
Valle Catholic seldom converted its transition opportunities down the stretch due to the opposition reacting quickly after turnovers.
The Lady Indians looked inside to Verseman early and often to accelerate ahead 24-19 at the break. Valle Catholic hustled on defense, but struggled to score or collect rebounds near the basket due to the size mismatch.
Abby Buchheit finished with 12 points for St. Vincent, while Kallie Seabaugh posted eight. Corin Carroll added 10 rebounds in the win.
Riley Siebert contributed 10 points plus seven rebounds for Valle Catholic.