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Thursday Roundup: Valle completes comeback over rival Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve’s Chloe Staffen (33) and Bri Abt (right) battle Valle Catholic’s Mara Hoog for a loose basketball during the second quarter on Thursday night in Ste. Genevieve. Valle Catholic rallied for a 38-35 victory over its crosstown rival. (Michael Boyd Jr., Ste. Genevieve Herald)

STE. GENEVIEVE — Its biggest win in more than an entire season, Valle Catholic rallied from an early 12-point deficit to spoil Ste. Genevieve’s season and home opener in a thrilling 38-35 basketball victory on Thursday night.

The Warriors were more aggressive in the second half and outscored their crosstown rival 16-7 in the fourth quarter to snap a six-game losing streak that carried back to last season.

Too many turnovers and 11 missed foul shots by the host Dragons, all in the second half, allowed Valle (1-1) to pick up its first win. Last season, with only six players, the Warriors only managed three wins.

Ste. Genevieve (0-1) led this game 14-5 after one quarter, 24-17 at intermission and 28-22 heading into the final frame.

Three lead changes in the final eight minutes kept the crowd on its feet until the end after a very slow pace in the first quarter.

Valle guard Ade Weiler scored a game-high 15 points with a 3-pointer, and center Brooklyn Weibrecht added 11 points.

Ste. Genevieve center Bri Abt scored 12 points, all in the first half, and Lexi Warren had nine points with two treys for the Dragons.

Both teams combined to miss 20 free throws. Valle was 5 for 12 from the charity stripe, while Ste. Genevieve was 8 for 21.

The two teams will meet again on Jan. 16 for their annual crosstown showdown. They usually meet in the first week of the season during the Valle Invitational Tournament, which was discontinued.

Bismarck 56, West County 45

CALEDONIA — The Bismarck girls basketball program reached the championship round of the Valley Tournament while ending a lengthy head-to-head losing streak.

Sophomore forward Ashley Hawkins poured in 27 points on Thursday night, and the Lady Indians prevailed 56-45 over West County in the semifinals.

Bismarck (3-0) topped the Lady Bulldogs for the first time in 13 tries, dating back to the 2014-15 season, and will battle top seed South Iron on Saturday.

Halie Dickey knocked down two 3-pointers to help the Lady Indians surge ahead 20-7 in the first quarter. The margin held nearly steady, 32-20, at halftime.

Dickey finished with 12 points, and Alyssa Brake joined her in double digits with 10.

Kaytlen Hartley looked to spark West County (2-1) while providing 12 of her team-high 17 points after intermission. Paige Monroe had 11 points while Dhatri McRaven and Maylee Merrill each tallied six.

South Iron handled Lesterville 60-42 in the previous semifinal contest.

St. Paul 54, Kingston 22

CALEDONIA — St. Paul nearly doubled its scoring output from the first half with 26 points in the third quarter alone, and topped Kingston 54-22 in the Valley Tournament consolation round on Thursday.

Pippa Detring and Mia Sherrill each netted 15 points as the Giants moved on to face Viburnum for fifth place on Saturday.

St. Paul (2-2) also received 14 points from Lunsford, and extended a 14-8 halftime lead to 40-16 entering the final eight minutes.

Sadie Patterson tallied a game-high 16 points while sinking 7-of-8 free throws for Kingston (0-3).

Viburnum edged Valley 42-41 in the other consolation pairing.

Hillsboro 41, Fredericktown 34

FREDERICKTOWN — Hillsboro advanced to the championship game of the Fredericktown Tournament with a 41-34 triumph over the host school on Thursday night.

The Lady Hawks trailed 30-27 through three quarters before outscoring the Lady Cats 14-4 the rest of the way, and will meet St. Vincent for the title on Saturday afternoon.

Fredericktown (2-2) was leading 14-12 at halftime, and will face Cuba for third place.

Amelia Miller totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Cats. Ava Penuel finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.


Capital City 69, Potosi 54

SULLIVAN, Mo. — Capital City knocked off Potosi 69-54 on Thursday night to earn a title clash against Farmington in the FCNB Bank-It Challenge on Friday.

Potosi (1-1) was paced by Carter Whitley with 21 points, and moved into a third-place matchup with Cuba on Friday.

Gabe Brawley added 14 points, and Luke Brabham chipped in six for the Trojans.

Farmington routed Cuba 69-32 in the other semifinal.


North County 36, Cape Central 27

BONNE TERRE — Dylan Visnovske notched a fall during the first period at 138 pounds, and the North County boys wrestling team beat Cape Central 36-27 on Thursday.

Levi Trautwein (126), Jamal Robinson (144), Blayne Sterling (150) and T.J. Cantrell (157) also pinned their respective opponents to bolster the Raiders.

Aiden Nash (132) received a forfeit. Both teams were open at the 106, 113 and 120 weight classes.

Match Results:

106 – Double Forfeit

113 – Double Forfeit

120 – Double Forfeit

126 – Levi Trautwein (NC) fall Bennett Kennard, 4:35

132 – Aiden Nash (NC) won by forfeit

138 – Dylan Visnovske (NC) fall Gabriel Santos, 1:44

144 – Jamal Robinson (NC) fall Valdi Zalite, 3:08

150 – Blayne Sterling (NC) fall Jacob Rickus, 2:39

157 – T.J. Cantrell (NC) fall Breven Coleman, 3:13

165 – Yan Feng (CC) won by forfeit

175 – Aiden Galloway (CC) won by forfeit

190 – Caius Lange (CC) dec Ethan Harmon, 5-2

215 – Jacob Burnes (CC) fall Phillip Walker, 1:46

285 – Charles Benscoter (NC) fall Dave Lange, 0:37


North County 36, Cape Central 12

BONNE TERRE — Six members of the North County girls wrestling team received wins by forfeit on Thursday in a 36-12 dual triumph over Cape Central.

Taylor Simshauser, Keira McMillin, Belle White, Memory Raker, Addy Goggin and Serena Ray were each unopposed for the Lady Raiders.

Tayshun Jennings earned a fall for Cape Central.

Match Results:

100 – Taylor Simshauser (NC) won by forfeit

105 – Double Open

110 – Keira McMillin (NC) won by forfeit

115 – Double Open

120 – Double Open

125 – Belle White (NC) won by forfeit

130 – Double Open

135 – Memory Raker (NC) won by forfeit

140 – Addy Goggin (NC) won by forfeit

145 – Double Foreit

155 – Tayshun Jennings (CC) fall Jayden Pendleton, 1:46

170 – Serena Ray (NC) won by forfeit

190 – Niah Hopkins (CC) won by forfeit

235 – Double Open


Ste. Genevieve Herald Sports Editor Michael Boyd Jr. contributed to this story.


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