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Several girls teams build momentum entering MAAA Tournament

BISMARCK — An outstanding rebounding effort and strong shooting fueled the Bismarck girls basketball team to its third straight win on Thursday night. The Lady Indians outscored a solid Viburnum club, 17-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 58-44 final.

Three Lady Indians scored in double digits led by sophomore Leah Kniess, who had a breakout performance with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Chelsey Politte added 17 points and Chelsey Morris scored 16. Lacey McCaulla chipped in 16 rebounds off the bench.

Bismarck (8-8) saw a five-point halftime lead reduced to 41-38 after three quarters, but used a patient offensive approach to set up several key baskets down the stretch.

Viburnum (11-6) received a team-high 13 points from senior Laura Ruck. The Lady Jays’ leading scorer, Sara Cox was held to 11 points after picking up three fouls in the first quarter.

(See ‘MAAA tournaments’ article for next games of MAAA teams.)

Viburnum – 11 16 11 6 – 44

Bismarck – 18 15 9 17 – 58

SCORING:

Viburnum – L Ruck 13, O Reddick 12, S Cox 11, E Reddick 4, K LaRue 2, J Hicks 2.

3-pointers – O Reddick 2.

Bismarck – L Kniess 18, C Politte 17, C Morris 16, L McCaulla 4, T Rothlisberger 2, A Irby 1.

3-pointers – C Morris 2.

Potosi 56, St. Clair 31

POTOSI — Three different Lady Trojans posted double-digit rebound totals on Thursday as Potosi cruised at home to a 56-31 win over the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs.

Potosi (16-5) jumped out to a 23-5 lead after the first period, resulting in plenty of playing time for the entire roster. Lora Dickey led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Julie McGirl grabbed 11 boards and Liz Stewart secured 10.

St. Clair held an 11-8 scoring edge in the fourth quarter, but only after trailing 48-20. Sophomore Amber Stanfield paced the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points.

St. Clair – 5 8 7 11 – 31

Potosi – 23 16 9 8 – 56

SCORING:

St. Clair – A Stanfield 10, C Hoffman 6, S Zaremba 5, A Terschleuse 4, L Ennis 4, C Long 2.

3-pointers – None.

Potosi – L Dickey 22, T Owens 15, Stewart 8, J McGirl 6, E Morgan 3, C Allen 2.

3-pointers – E Morgan 1.

Ste. Genevieve 48, Woodland 17

STE. GENEVIEVE — The Ste. Genevieve Hunters outscored visiting Woodland 21-4 in the third quarter and rolled to an easy 48-17 victory at home on Thursday.

Ste. Genevieve (7-12) shot well as a team from the free throw line, making 14-17 attempts. Lindsay Rhodes continued her fine sophomore season with a game-high 21 points.

Woodland – 7 4 4 2 – 17

Ste. Genevieve – 11 8 21 8 – 48

SCORING:

Woodland – C Martin 6, A Abner 3, E Glastetter 2, R Greer 2, S Hutson 2, F VanGennip 2.

3-pointers – None.

Ste. Genevieve – L Rhodes 21, S Flieg 9, M Hutson 8, K Ragan 6, S Rector 2, A Armbruster 2.

3-pointers – Flieg 1.

Pacific 57, North County 51

PACIFIC — The North County Lady Raiders frantically battled back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter at Pacific on Thursday, but ultimately fell short in a 57-51 loss.

A three-pointer by Ashley AuBuchon cut the North County deficit to two with less than 2:00 left, but after a collision near the Pacific (14-6) basket on a potential game-tying drive went uncalled, the Lady Indians put the contest away at the free-throw line.

Sophomore Brittany Kirkpatrick played a tremendous game in defeat for North County with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Senior Brittany Hedgcorth also chipped in 19 points and pulled away eight boards, while AuBuchon dished out nine assists.

North County – 12 9 15 15 – 51

Pacific – 16 12 20 9 – 57

SCORING:

North County – B Hedgcorth 19, B Kirkpatrick 19, A AuBuchon 7, C Wood 4, A Hinch 2.

3-pointers – B Hedgcorth 2, A AuBuchon 1.

Pacific – M Romano 17, Jea. Streiler 12, N Handshy 9, K Boefer 7, C Broser 6, Jes. Streiler 3, A Marhanka 3.

Lesterville 43, Valley 35

LESTERVILLE — The Valley Lady Vikings nearly put an end to their frustrating losing streak in Lesterville on Thursday night, but the Lady Bearcats pulled away in the final two minutes of action to escape with a 43-35 victory.

Sophomore Kayla Keenan had a strong game to lead Valley with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman Macie Schrum stepped up with 11 points, and Chelse Payne added seven. The Lady Vikings held a 28-27 edge at the end of the third quarter.

Valley – 4 7 17 7 – 35

Lesterville – 6 13 8 16 – 43

SCORING:

Valley – K Keenan 13, M Schrum 11, C Payne 7, H Ferris 2, S Kearns 1, R Campbell 1.

3-pointers – K Keenan 1.

Lesterville – B McCartney 15, Dowler 13, A McCartney 5, Hill 5, Maurer 3, Heil 2.

3-pointers – B McCartney 1.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Farmington 79, Arcadia Valley 46

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night in style on Thursday. The Knights played like the No. 1 seed that they are for the upcoming MAAA Conference Tournament with a 79-46 rout over the Arcadia Valley Tigers.

Farmington (16-4) took control of the contest from the outset, using a quick transition game to build a 23-8 lead after the first quarter. The margin would expand to 49-23 by halftime.

The Knights put 12 players in the scoring column led by Matt Usherwood with 16 points. Junior Josh Taylor drilled five straight three-point attempts to finish with 15 points off the bench.

Arcadia Valley (11-8) was led in scoring by Dustin Royer with 14 points and Abe Warren with 12.

Farmington will play an important home game tonight against Jackson with district tournament seeding implications on the line.

Arcadia Valley will not play Fredericktown tonight as previously scheduled, but will instead play its next game on Saturday in the first round of the conference tournament at Potosi.

Arcadia Valley – 8 15 14 9 – 46

Farmington – 23 26 23 7 – 79

SCORING:

Arcadia Valley – D Royer 14, A Warren 12, J Franklin 8, B Dunivan 5, L Smith 3, J Yarbrough 2, N Benz 2.

3-pointers – A Warren 2, J Franklin 1, L Smith 1.

Farmington – M Usherwood 16, J Taylor 15, D Glaspy 9, N Brewer 8, S Semar 7, C Owens 6, D King 5, M McDaniel 4, E Schweiss 3, J Baechle 2, H Peterson 2, J Kimrey 2.

3-pointers – J Taylor 5.

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