Skip to content

Reynolds breaks record, seniors pace Dragons

STE. GENEVIEVE – Madison Reynolds took an extra moment to compose herself before receiving the basketball from an official, knowing that an encounter with school history was imminent.

“I’m not usually nervous before a basketball game, but there was a lot of hype around this one,” she said. “I just tried not to let it affect me.”

The senior guard completed a 3-point play with a flawless free throw in the second quarter, and was immediately embraced at midcourt by teammate Avery Reed.

Reynolds became the career scoring leader at Ste. Genevieve, and netted a game-high 32 points while making six steals Wednesday night in a 59-51 victory over Sikeston.

The previous record of 1,558 points by 2007 graduate Lindsay Rhodes stood for slightly longer than a decade. Reynolds entered the game needing 17 to take over the top spot.

The Dragons (18-7) will host the upcoming Class 4, District 1 tournament. Sikeston (11-14) was awarded a higher seed by district coaches despite having an inferior record.

“There was extra motivation for this game,” said Reynolds, who also owns the career assists and steals standards at Ste. Genevieve. “We talked about that all week and wanted to earn some respect tonight. I couldn’t have asked for a better Senior Night.”

Reed finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Ste. Genevieve was otherwise outmatched along the boards as Sikeston fought hard to repetitively earn second and third shots.

Tyeshia Mitchell compiled 23 points with 13 rebounds, and Larysa McClennon finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.

“I couldn’t stress that enough,” Ste. Genevieve coach Josh Banks said. “When shots were going up, they were looking at the ball and not putting a body on the offensive player.”

“I could see from my girls that they were timid and nervous about this game,” he added. “It showed with some of the easier shots underneath that they missed early on.”

Sikeston grabbed a 10-4 advantage on free throws by Kiera Steward, but Reynolds sparked the Dragons with 11 first-quarter points.

She knocked down a 3-pointer from straight away, then stole the ball and raced in transition for a go-ahead layup at 13-12.

Deryn Brown, one of five seniors honored prior to the game, connected from the perimeter, and Reed added a putback during an 11-3 spurt during the second quarter.

Reynolds rebounded a missed shot from the perimeter and promptly scored while drawing contact on her record-setting sequence to give the Dragons a 26-17 lead.

“She has been integral in our program for the last four years… and has elevated her game every year as she has progressed,” Banks said. “This year has been, ultimately, her best year by far. She has exceeded my expectations.”

Emma Meyer created the largest lead of the game 38-26 early in the third quarter with her first of three 3-pointers. The next two would come at more crucial moments.

Mitchell converted three separate offensive rebounds into baskets during an unstoppable stretch as the Lady Bulldogs suddenly pulled to within 40-37.

Meyer answered with a triple from the left side to close the stanza, and hit another early in the fourth before a transition basket by Reynolds from a difficult angle restored a 51-41 margin.

McClellon scored on an interior feed from Mitchell to make it 52-49 with less than two minutes left, but Reynolds punctuated the victory with five straight points while protecting the ball.

Reynolds, already an all-state volleyball and track hurdles performer, has signed to play basketball with Mineral Area College. All four of her 30-point games as a varsity player have occurred this season.

Ste. Genevieve will play Cape Central in first-round district action on Saturday.

Ste. Genevieve senior guard Madison Reynolds (3) scores on a driving layup during second quarter action against Sikeston on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Reynolds became the career scoring leader for the Dragons by netting 32 in a 59-51 victory.

Ste. Genevieve senior guard Madison Reynolds (3) scores on a driving layup during second quarter action against Sikeston on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Reynolds became the career scoring leader for the Dragons by netting 32 in a 59-51 victory.

Ste. Genevieve senior Emma Meyer (20) watches her 3-point shot connect with the student section looking on during fourth quarter action against Sikeston.

Ste. Genevieve senior Emma Meyer (20) watches her 3-point shot connect with the student section looking on during fourth quarter action against Sikeston.

Ste. Genevieve senior guard Deryn Brown maintains possession during fourth quarter action against Sikeston on Wednesday night.

Ste. Genevieve senior guard Deryn Brown maintains possession during fourth quarter action against Sikeston on Wednesday night.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

Leave a Comment