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Friday Basketball: Dragons find range early to roll past rival Warriors

Valle Catholic juniors Tyler Gegg and Josh Fallert, both at top, knock a rebound away from Ste. Genevieve senior Jon Merklin during the annual Old Settlement Showdown basketball game between the crosstown rivals on Friday night in Ste. Genevieve. (Michael Boyd Jr., Ste. Genevieve Herald)

STE. GENEVIEVE — Ste. Genevieve outshot and outrebounded Valle Catholic on its way to a 76-47 victory during the annual Old Settlement basketball showdown on Friday night.

The Dragons (2-3) outscored their crosstown rivals 40-25 in the second half, but it was their 23-3 surge early on that made the difference. They torched their crosstown rivals from everywhere on the Johnson Gymnasium floor, shooting 49 percent (31 for 63) overall with four players in double figures, and won the rebound battle 39-23.

The Ste. Gen. blitz turned a 5-2 deficit into a 25-8 advantage before holding a 36-22 lead at intermission and a 56-35 profit after three periods. They closed the game on an 11-2 run.

Meanwhile, the Warriors (1-1) were a woeful 1-of-17 from 3-point range and shot just 37 percent overall (18 for 44).

The Dragons, who were 6 for 10 from range, snapped a three-game skid and have a full week off before action resumes.

Junior Devin Flye scored a team-high 16 points with two 3-pointers, followed by 15 points with two 3s from sophomore Alex Basler.

Seniors Zach Henderson and Jon Merklin scored 13 and 12, respectively. Junior Tucker Reed added eight points. 

That was enough to spoil Tyler Gegg’s 20-point night for Valle, half of which came in the fourth quarter. He managed only one point in the first half.

Colin Henderson added nine points and Zach Naeger scored seven points.

Valle did have success at the foul line, going 14 for 22. The Dragons were 8-of-16 from the line. 

Potosi 67, St. Clair 40

ST. CLAIR, Mo. — Potosi placed nine players in the scoring column, and surged past St. Clair 67-40 for its third consecutive victory on Friday night.

Carter Whitley powered the attack with 27 points, and the victory Trojans established a comfortable 38-15 advantage by halftime.

Keaton Ainley provided nine points, and Kanaan Wilson added eight for Potosi (4-1).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North County 60, Pacific 47

HERCULANEUM, Mo. — North County knocked down seven 3-pointers after halftime, and captured third place in the Black and Red Classic on Friday night.

Sophomore Alli Scott totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, and the fifth-seeded Lady Raiders handled full-court pressure to defeat Pacific 60-47.

Emma Roper drained three triples in a five-minute stretch, and totaled 14 points with eight rebounds. North County (2-4) outscored the Indians 21-11 in the pivotal third quarter.

Amy Layton capped that stanza with a putback and subsequent basket off an entry pass to make the margin 38-29, and notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Roper drew the fourth foul against starting forward Trinity Brandhorst after making a steal, then went back-to-back from long range with Scott to create a 34-27 lead.

Pacific (2-3) got a second-chance shot from Lexi Clark, who then intercepted a pass and dished to Abbey Hall during a fast break to make it 43-38.

But the Lady Raiders closed with a 14-6 run. Alyssa Ludwig hit a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play before Scott tracked down a 70-foot pass from Raegan Pierce to finish through contact.

North County made 13-of-22 free throws. Pierce compiled a game-high seven assists, and equaled Ludwig with seven points each.

Hall paced Pacific with 10 points, while Jaylynn Miller ad Brandhorst added nine each. Clark pulled down nine rebounds.

The Lady Raiders started 0-of-5 from the field over four empty minutes, and trailed 12-8 after yielding a fourth-chance basket to Sarabeth Ring.

But the North County rebounding was otherwise solid. Roper evened the contest at 16-16 with her first of four 3-pointers overall.

Pacific was ahead 18-17 at halftime, and committed only nine turnovers in defeat. Forward Liberty Blackburn and Hall eventually fouled out.

Layton and Ludwig were named to the all-tournament team.

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

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