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Knightettes win when it counts

POPLAR BLUFF – This basketball season, the Farmington Knightettes, 21-5, had lost three times to the Jackson Lady Indians before Monday night’s game, but this time it meant extinction if they lost again. The Knightettes are still alive after a 45-35 win that will send them into Thursday’s district championship against Poplar Bluff at 6 p.m.

“We knew we had to keep them off of the free-throw line and off of the offensive boards tonight,” said Farmington coach Steve McFarland of his team’s success over Jackson.. ” They only had four putbacks in the game, and were only 6-7 on free throws.”

The Knightettes started out on an 8-0 run and that was all it took. Quarter after quarter, the Knightettes kept pulling away, and a frustrated Lady Indians team could not stop them.

The Knightettes were able to execute inside on offense as Randie Wooldridge with 15 points, Natalie Hooss with 12, and Christina Johnson with eight points were able to get the ball inside for their scoring chances.

Farmington 10 12 10 13 – 45

Jackson 7 7 6 15 – 35

SCORING:

Farmington – R Wooldridge 15, N Hooss 12, C Johnson 8, K Hayes 6, C Tiefenauer 3, J Schnurbusch 1.

Jackson – K Werner 7, B Jones 7, L Poole 6, L Littlepage 4, A Peiffer 4, K Loos 3, G Garritano 2, A Puisis 2.

Bismarck 80, South Iron 62

ANNAPOLIS – The Bismarck girls basketball team had its offense clicking on all cylinders on Monday night. The Lady Indians exploded to a 44-15 lead at halftime and cruised through a high-scoring second half for an 80-62 win at South Iron.

Bismarck (11-11) took command of the game from the start by outscoring the Lady Panthers, 24-5 in the first quarter. The Lady Indians were led in scoring by sophomore Chelsey Politte with 32 points. Karah Faulkner posted a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsey Morris scored 14 points, while Lacey McCaulla grabbed 10 boards.

South Iron, which recently won the Black River League Tournament, placed four scorers in double figures, led by sophomore Whitney Casteel with 18 points.

Bismarck is idle until the Class 2, District 3 Tournament, which starts next week at St. Vincent High School in Perryville. The third-seeded Lady Indians will battle No. 6 Crossroads at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Bismarck – 24 20 16 20 – 80

South Iron – 5 10 21 26 – 62

SCORING:

Bismarck – C Politte 32, K Faulkner 24, C Morris 14, A Irby 4, L McCaulla 4, T Rothlisberger 2.

3-pointers – C Politte 2.

South Iron – W Casteel 18, D Kaempfe 15, S Middleton 14, P Guinan 13, M Bagwell 2.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fredericktown 56, Perryville 47

PERRYVILLE – The Fredericktown Blackcats advanced to the semi-finals of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament with an opening-round 56-47 win over Perryville at the Perry Park Center on Monday night.

Fredericktown (10-17) led throughout much of the contest and carried a 30-25 edge into the fourth quarter. The Pirates eventually tied the game early in the final stanza, but the Blackcats answered with a three-points plus a quick steal and layup, then put the game away at the free-throw line.

The fifth-seeded Blackcats made 19-24 attempts at the charity stripe and hit seven three-pointers to highlight a strong shooting performance as a team. Four Fredericktown players scored in double digits, led by sophomore Dustin Bess with 17 points, including four triples.

Perryville made 8-11 free throws in the contest and was led in scoring by Ricky Dunn with 14 points.

The Blackcats will face the No. 1 seed, Dexter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The other first-round match-up in Perryville on Monday saw the No. 3 seed, Notre Dame rout No. 6 Ste. Genevieve 70-32. Notre Dame will face Sikeston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fredericktown – 13 8 9 26 – 56

Perryville – 6 12 7 22 – 47

SCORING:

Fredericktown – D Bess 17, J Clauser 12, E Skaggs 11, M Francis 10, K Foster 6.

3-pointers – D Bess 4, J Clauser 2, E Skaggs 1.

Perryville – R Dunn 14, P Buerck 10, S Ozark 7, M Klaus 7, A Norman 7, C Buerck 2.

3-pointers – A Norman 1.

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