LEADWOOD — Thirty-two minutes and sixty-four foul shots after the opening tip of the MAAA Conference Tournament, the Central Lady Rebels earned themselves a place in the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Farmington.
Leading by only one at the half, the No. 8 Lady Rebels pulled away at the start of the third quarter from the No. 9 Potosi Lady Trojans and were never really threatened of a possible upset for the entire second half of play as they rode out the momentum for a 49-33 win.
Central trailed by one after the first quarter, with Potosi’s Ashley Duncan making the difference with her team’s only three in the game. Riley Owens matched her two baskets in the first quarter with two more in the second, and the Lady Rebels connected on eight of their 16 free throws in the quarter to take a 22-21 lead the half.
Potosi was able to work the ball inside late in the second quarter, but the Lady Rebels put a stop to that in the third as they attacked the basket with consistent success. Owens scored another eight points, and Maggee Cunningham hit a three, while the Lady Trojans could only manage one field goal against Central’s air-tight defense.
The Lady Rebels defense continued its closed-door policy as they again allowed only one field goal by Potosi in the fourth quarter. Stacy Williams provided Central with any needed points, scoring six of her 11 in the fourth quarter. Duncan, silent since the second quarter, tacked on a free throw to lead Potosi with nine points.
Central will face Farmington on Monday at Mineral Area College at 7 p.m. Potosi will play on Wednesday at MAC at 4 p.m. against Kingston.
Potosi 9 12 6 6 – 33
Central 8 14 15 12 – 49
Potosi – Duncan 9, Smith 8, Thompson 6, Logsden 6, Thurmond 2, Harbison 1, Dean 1. 3pt. FG – Duncan
Central – Owens 18, S. Williams 11, Fields 6, Me. Cunningham 3, A. Williams 3, Ma. Cunningham 3, St. Gemme 3m Coplin 2. 3-pt. FG – S. Williams, Ma. Cunningham.
Fredericktown 62, Kingston 21
The Fredericktown Lady Cats ran off to 16-0 start over the No. 12 seed Kingston Lady Cougars, before a offensive rebound by Emilee Dicus resulted in a quick feed to Lindsey Govero for their first basket. The Lady Cats interchanged players constantly from the bench in posting a 62-21 win.
Kylie Oertel was the girl in charge of scoring, collecting 15 of her game’s 21 points in the first half of play. Allison McDowell owned the three-point territory with three threes for her nine points.
Dicus pulled down 11 boards for Kingston and scored seven points to lead in both categories, and Misty Guenther made three putbacks for six points all in the fourth quarter to go with nine rebounds.
Fredericktown will play Ste. Genevieve on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Mineral Area College. Kingston will play Potosi at 4 p.m.. on Wednesday at MAC.
Valle 57, Valley 21
In the second blow-out of the evening, the Valle Lady Warrior’s defense allowed only one free throw by the Valley Lady Vikings in the first quarter and cruised on in for a 57-21 win.
Hannah Kuenzel was 6-8 at the free-throw line and took top scoring honors in the game with 12 points, as Valle coach Marty Weiler made sure all of his players received plenty of court time.
Lora Beth Ward scored six points for Valley in the second quarter, and finished with a total of seven to lead her team in scoring.
Kelly Hermann contributed to Valley’s 30 turnovers with four steals for the Lady Warriors, and also helped out on the scoreboard with nine points.
Valle will face No. 3 North County on Tuesday at 4 p.m.., and Valley will play Arcadia Valley on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with both games at MAC.
West County 45, Arcadia Valley 18
The West County Lady Bulldogs posted a 12-2 score in the first quarter and only allowed two more free throws in the second quarter as they surged on to a 45-18 win over the Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers.
Chelsie Kelly dominated the boards and scoring with six rebounds and 16 points. Brittany Asher led Arcadia Valley with seven points.
West County will face Bismarck on Tuesday at MAC at 5:30 p.m.