CALEDONIA — In the Valley Tournament’s boys night, the Bismarck Indians nearly ended the host team’s chances of winning their own tournament’s first-place trophy. The Valley Vikings were pushed to the limit and only a couple of late Bismarck turnovers prevented the Vikings from being upset, but they pulled out a 45-44 win instead.
Bismarck led by three points after both the second and third quarters, but they could not pull away from the Vikings and they were overtaken in the fourth quarter.
Cody Goodson found his accuracy in shooting as he paced the Indians with 17 points. Thomas McClain was next with eight, and Robbie Eichenberger scored six points. Alex Politte scored five points and both Jeff Jarvis and Matt Franklin finished with four points each.
Valley was led in scoring by Logan Midgett with 17 points and David Parks with 13. Jacob Kearns finished with seven points, Matt Pierce had for and Jimmy Nash and Tyler Parks had two points each.
Valley will play in the semi-finals on Friday against Viburnum. Bismarck (0-3) will play Bunker tonight at 8 p.m. in a consolation semi-final.
Fredericktown 53, Festus 19
POTOSI — The Fredericktown Lady Cats opened their season with a first-round game against the Festus Lady Tigers and they dominated the whole 32 minutes with a final score of 53-19.
Kylie Oertel had her ‘A’ Game going as she scored 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds and made six steals. Lauren Henderson scored eight points, and Allison McDowell finished with seven points. McDowell also made five steals in the game.
The Lady Cats will now play in Thursday’s semi-final against Meadow Heights.
De Soto 68, Central 43
DE SOTO — The Central Rebels just could not keep up with the De Soto Dragons and even though they were able to keep themselves in the ball game with their defense, the inevitable happened. De Soto won 68-43.
“We got them to turn the ball over just enough to let us hang around,” said Central coach Zack Mills.
De Soto increased their lead each quarter, forcing the Rebels to play catch-up all the way.
Preston Harlow was top scorer for the Rebels with 17 points including three three-pointers. Cody Allen and Tony Martin hit on three each with 14 and seven points respectively. Zac Cunningham and Jermain Jones scored two points each, and TC Jennings made one free throw.
Central will play next on December 12 at Bismarck.
Ellington 74, Arcadia Valley 70, (2 OT)
ELLINGTON — The Arcadia Valley Tigers had a back and forth game against the Ellington Whippets, until the Whippets pulled it out after the second overtime period, 74-70 in non-tournament action Tuesday.
The Tigers took the early first-quarter lead 12-6, but Ellington roared back to take an eight point lead at the half, holding the Tigers to five points. Arcadia Valley returned the favor by holding the Whippets to only six points in the third quarter while regaining the lead.
“It was just a matter who decided to play defense each quarter,” said Arcadia Valley coach Mike Key of the roller-coaster effect upon the scoring.
Jacob Spitzmiller led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points, Blake Walker scored 15, and Chris Robbs had 13. Brock Walker finished with nine points, and Erick Lindsey eight. Caleb Sutton was next at three and Brian Little made one free throw.
Arcadia Valley will host Clearwater this Friday.