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Roundup: Knights make statement before district play

FARMINGTON – Macey Pauls provided a sudden jolt as time expired in the first half, and the Farmington girls basketball team took control against Festus while celebrating Senior Night.

Alyson Tucker compiled 14 points, six assists and six steals, and the Knights (15-10) focused their attack on high-percentage shots near the goal while pulling away for a 76-48 triumph.

Pauls alertly stole a pass, dribbled once and swished a shot from about eight feet beyond the midcourt to beat the buzzer and give Farmington a 37-29 edge. She finished with 15 points and four steals.

Zoe Johns notched a late putback to complete a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow senior Emily Greif recorded 11 points and six rebounds in the victory.

Sophomore Abby RIckermann posted 20 points and nine rebounds for Festus, which grabbed an early 15-7 lead after Jenna Oetting converted a steal into an uncontested layup.

Tucker and Greif answered with 3-pointers, and Greif scored on an entry pass from Tucker to create 17-17 tie as the first quarter concluded.

Farmington committed just seven turnovers in the game, and Claire Busse picked up three of her eight points on a corner triple that resulted in a 30-23 lead.

Festus drained five 3-pointers before halftime, but went cold from the perimeter. The Knights crashed the offensive glass for numerous second chances to widen the margin.

Megan Maxson and Johns scored putbacks, and Greif added two runners in the lane before the third quarter concluded with the difference at 57-39.

Festus received all 10 of its third-quarter points in the third from Rickermann, and played more than 14 minutes of the brisk contest before being assessed its first team foul.

Oetting had 10 points and Bria Garmon chipped in eight for the Lady Tigers (12-11), who are the No. 2 seed behind host Farmington for the upcoming Class 4, District 2 tournament.

Cape Central 50, Potosi 35

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Mackenzie Adams sank five 3-pointers and scored 15 in the game, but Potosi dropped a 50-35 decision on the road at Cape Central.

Tigers senior Abbie Reece reached 1,000 career points while tallying a game-high 21, Teammate Scarlett Young provided 10 points plus seven rebounds.

Cape Central (12-12) limited Potosi (10-15) to single-digit production in each of the first three quarters, and headed into halftime with a 31-10 advantage.

Olivia Marsa chipped in nine points for the Lady Trojans, who will open Class 4, District 2 play against Hillsboro on Saturday in Farmington.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. Vincent 71, Valle Catholic 52

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Trevor Lukefahr netted a game-high 25 points, and top-seeded St. Vincent eliminated Valle Catholic 71-52 in the Class 2, District 2 semifinal round.

The Indians (21-4) surged ahead 37-20 at halftime, and advanced to face Oran in the championship game after connecting on 22-of-28 free throws.

Evan Clifton finished with 20 points, and Matthew Rellergert tallied 16 for St. Vincent, which led 18-7 through one quarter of action.

Valle Catholic (16-11) received 13 points in its season finale from Ryan Grein, along with 12 from Carter Hoog and 11 from senior Mason Skaggs.

Hillsboro 86, North County 58

BONNE TERRE – Gaven Pinkley gashed the North County defense for 36 points, and visiting Hillsboro rolled past its Class 4, District 2 rival 86-58 on Tuesday night.

Michael Brewer added 22 points while going 8-of-10 from the line for the Hawks (22-4), who will hold the top seed and a first-round bye next week in Farmington.

North County (19-6) stayed within 23-18 through one quarter, but could not stifle the powerful post presence as Hillsboro posted a 43-30 halftime lead.

Pinkley finished 13-of-17 from the field, and sank 9-of-11 free throws in the victory. Ben Lampkins notched 15 points, including three shots from beyond the arc.

Isiah Poirrier paced the Raiders with 24 points, and Hayden Sprenkel scored 15. North County will face Potosi in first-round district action on Saturday.

Cape Central 82, Potosi 56

POTOSI – A lopsided first quarter established the tone, and Cape Central landed four players in double figures while defeating Potosi 82-56 in boys basketball action.

Chauncey Hughes had 15 points to guide the Tigers (21-4), who were never threatened after erupting for a 30-4 lead after eight minutes.

Kinyon Hodges and Tyrus Reddin netted 13 points each, and Austin Parker added 12 in the victory.

Noah Jacobsen tabulated a game-high 19 points for Potosi (10-13), which trailed 55-29 following an even second quarter.

Garrett Wilkinson tossed in 13 points while Trenton Cain had 10 and Bryce Reed totaled eight. The Trojans will take on North County in Class 4, District 2 action on Saturday.

Farmington forward Claire Busse shoots a free throw during a basketball game earlier this season against South Iron. The Knights honored their seniors prior to a victory over Festus on Tuesday night.

Farmington forward Claire Busse shoots a free throw during a basketball game earlier this season against South Iron. The Knights honored their seniors prior to a victory over Festus on Tuesday night.

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