PARK HILLS – The West County Lady Bulldogs snapped their four-game losing skid after taking over in the second half for a 55-45 victory over the Valley Lady Vikings on Monday night.
In the first quarters West County escaped with a one-possession lead, but in the second the Lady Bulldogs expanded their lead to six before going into the half.
The Lady Bulldogs took over the game in the third quarter as they jumped out to a 43-29 lead. The lead allowed the Lady Bulldogs to cruise through the fourth quarter for the victory.
West County was led by Kara Harrison who finished with 17 points, Courtney Boen who scored 14 points that included two three-pointers, and Chelse Kelly who struck for 12 on the night. Andrea Blair and Rikki Lashley both added five points, and Becca Adams chipped in with two.
Valley’s leading scorer was Sarah Kearns with 23 points.
Both teams will have a long break as neither team will play again until January 4th. The Lady Bulldogs will play against Bismarck and Valley will take on Valle.
North County 59, South Iron 50
BONNE TERRE – The North County Lady Raiders battled with South Iron on Monday night. The Lady Raiders gained a lead in the first quarter and held on for the 59-50 victory to snap a two-game losing streak.
Head Coach of the Lady Raiders, Bill Neubrand said that it was a good team victory. Haley Motley struck for 32 points that pushed the Raiders to the victory, and key outside shots by Jamie Bullock also helped the Raiders. Freshman Marissa Bess had a great night with rebounding as she pulled down nine boards on the night to help the Lady Raiders control the floor.
In the first quarter North County was able to gain a six-point lead, and before going into the break they added two more points to their lead for the 27-19 half-time score.
The Lady Raiders stayed on top in the third quarter and never fell in the second half.
With Motley’s 32-point night she went 16 for 26 from the floor. Bullock followed Motley in scoring with 11 points that included three three-pointers, and Kassi Hovis ended with eight points and seven assists. Motley and Bess both led the team in rebounds with nine.
The Lady Raiders will travel to Arcadia Valley tonight for a make-up game.
Fredericktown 63, Valle 41
FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown Lady Cats continued their undefeated season on Monday night with a 63-41 win over the Valle Lady Warriors.
In the first quarter the Lady Cats played a full court press that led to several transition baskets and only three points scored on the quarter for the Lady Warriors. The Lady Cats had a 16-point lead going into the second quarter.
Fredericktown pulled their press off for the rest of the game, but still continued to add to their lead except for in the fourth quarter when both teams struck for 12 points.
Courtney Kemp led the Lady Cats with 19 points including five three-point shots, nine assists, and seven steals. Betsy Royer led the team with six rebounds and followed Kemp in scoring with 10 points. Nikki Settlemoir followed with eight points, and Jessi Brown struck for six.
Ashtyn Collier, Tricia Ward, and Kylie Oertel all ended with four points on the night, Lauren Henderson scored three, Michelle Boillot and Ashley Mascaro both finished with two, and Johnna Tinnin hit a free-throw to add one.
Ste. Genevieve 60, Hillsboro 18
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Hunters had an easy time on Monday night as they took on Hillsboro. The Hunters dominated in the first quarter and never looked back for a 60-18 victory.
In the first quarter the Hunters defense only allowed two points by Hillsboro. Offensively the Hunters struck big with 23 points. Going into the half the Hunters were up by 26.
In the third the Hunters continued to add to their already controlling lead over Hillsboro before closing out the game in the fourth.
Lindsay Rhodes led the Hunters with a 21-point night. Sara Flieg also had a great night as she joined Rhodes in double-digits with 15 points. Ashley Armbruster followed with eight points, Stephanie Rector ended with six, Holley Fox added four, Megan Hutson scored three, and Lindsey Burgert chipped in with one point.
The Hunters will play next on Wednesday night at Valle.
Potosi 57, Bismarck 37
POTOSI – After fighting a six-game losing streak, Potosi is riding a two-game winning streak going into the Central Christmas Tournament, defeating Bismarck 57-37 on Monday.
In the first quarter the score was close, but in the second quarter Potosi’s press defense forced several turnovers that led to transition points for a 32-18 lead going into the break.
By the end of the third quarter the Trojans had gained a 20-point lead with both teams scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Potosi was led by sophomore Danny Rulo who scored 12 points including two three-pointers. Tim Pashia was the only Trojan with a double-double as he ended the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Robinson followed with eight points, Landon Young struck for seven and Jake Coleman added six.
Bismarck’s top scorer was Timmy Lincoln. Lincoln finished with 14 points, and was the only Bismarck player to reach double digits.
Oak Ridge 44, Valle 36
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Valle Warriors played even basketball with Oak Ridge, but in the end Oak Ridge was too strong as they pulled out a 44-36 victory.
The first quarter had Valle up by one possession, but Oak Ridge took over in the second, outscoring the Warriors 12-5.
Adam Hermann led the Warriors with 15 points and reached the double-double with 13 rebounds. Kyle Basler followed Hermann with 10 points, and led the team with five steals and four assists. Garrett Meyer finished with seven points, and Ryan Dalton and John Laird both added two.
Valle went 13 for 40 from the field, but they hope to turn that around as they travel to West County tonight.
Notre Dame 68, Fredericktown 39
CAPE GIRARDEAU – The Fredericktown Blackcats dropped to one game over .500 on Monday night as they suffered a 68-39 loss to a very strong Notre Dame team.
Press defense by Notre Dame forced the Blackcats into an early 21-6 hole that they were never able to climb out of as Notre Dame scored 21 points versus Fredericktown’s 9 for a 27-point half-time lead.
Dustin Bess led the Blackcats as he scored 11 points. Mike Crowell, Jerod Williams, and Eli Skaggs all ended with four points each, Logan Royer, Ryan Sawyer, Drew Johnson, and Levi Hawkins all scored three points, and Joe Johnson finished with two.
The Black Cats will not play again until the Central Christmas Tournament.