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Lady Cats pick up 18th win on Friday

FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown Lady Cats (18-2) kept their great season rolling Friday night with a 63-44 win over the De Soto Lady Dragons. The Lady Dragons hung tough for a quarter, but Fredericktown was able to shake De Soto’s shadow from the second quarter to the end of the game.

“We changed our defense a little bit in the second quarter and it made all the difference in the world for us,” said Fredericktown coach Lonny Sheldon.

Trailing only by one point, 19-18, De Soto was virtually shut down by Fredericktown’s defense, scoring only 15 points over the next two quarters while the Lady Cats offense added 35 points to their own score. Kylie Boswell led all scorers with 27 points.

Fredericktown will play next at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mineral Area College in the conference tournament quarterfinals against the winner of Saturday’s West County/ Ste. Genevieve game.

De Soto 18 7 8 11 – 44

Fredericktown 19 18 17 9 – 63

SCORING:

De Soto – M Loveless 16, S Heuer 9, C Sides 8, T Crady 5, M Schular 4, K McClanahan 2.

3-Pointers – M Loveless 3, S Heuer 2, T Crady 1.

Fredericktown – K Boswell 27, C Kemp 12, M Matthews 8, B Royer 4, D Hughes 4, A Hendrix 4, M Bess 2, J Whitener 2.

3-Pointers – M Matthews 1.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bunker 79, Bismarck 63

BISMARCK – The Bismarck Indians had a lull in their scoring in the third quarter and visiting Bunker took advantage of it to pull ahead and eventually go on to a 79-63 win.

The Indians led nearly all of the first two quarters with a 38-33 edge at the half, but Bunker outscored Bismarck 24-9 in the third quarter and the closest the Indians could get in the fourth quarter was six points before Bunker pulled away for good.

“We had a stretch there in the third quarter when we couldn’t make a basket,” explained Bismarck coach Ted Weiss. “They were hot and that was the game.”

Ralph Scherffius and Sam Fisher were top rebounders for Bismarck with 11 and eight boards respectively, and the Indians shot 64 percent from the free-throw line in the game, making 16 out of 25 attempts.

Bismarck will be back at it again today at 4 p.m. in the Conference Tournament at Potosi to play against Ste. Genevieve.

Bunker 15 18 24 22 – 79

Bismarck 23 15 9 14 – 63

SCORING:

Bunker – T Tripplett 27, A Turner 16, B Bailey 16, J Barton 10, D Ritter 7, D Bishop 2, B Biele 1.

3-Pointers – T Tripplett 5, J Barton 2, B Bailey 1.

Bismarck – S Fisher 27, M Franklin 12, K Randazzo 10, N Fortner 5, R Scherffius 5, T Henson 2, B Spangler 2.

3-Pointers – S Fisher 3, N Fortner 1, M Franklin 1.

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