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Blackcats edge Doniphan after intense final stretch

Fredericktown forward LeeAndrea Catchings (4) attempts a jump shot while Doniphan’s Kaden Buffington (50) defends in the first quarter during the first round of the Class 4, District 1 basketball tournament on Tuesday in Ste. Genevieve. The fourth-seeded Blackcats escaped the thriller 57-53. (Michael Boyd Jr., Ste. Genevieve Herald)

STE. GENEVIEVE — Fredericktown was able to match the increased intensity of Doniphan throughout the fourth quarter to extend its season in the Class 4, District 1 boys basketball playoffs.

Senior forward Zander Stephens notched 19 points, and Blake Terry-Breakfield added 13 to help the fourth-seeded Blackcats prevail 57-53 on Tuesday evening.

Fredericktown (9-16) advanced to face top seed Ste. Genevieve in the semifinal round on Thursday at 5 p.m. All six teams in the bracket have losing records this season.

Doniphan (6-17) was paced by Emmitt Jones, who scored 17 of his game-high 25 points after halftime, and threatened to erase a 39-32 deficit in the fourth quarter,

Previously scoreless Braydon McMinn answered with two clutch 3-pointers, and Stephens netted a 3-point play to help the Blackcats hold on.

Tim DeSanto provided eight second-half points, and LeeAndrea Catchings added six to the victory. Fredericktown jumped ahead 15-9 through eight minutes of action.

Isaac Rawlings drained two triples down the stretch to finish with 16 points for the Dons.

Doniphan made 7-of-12 free throws compared to 2-of-4 by Fredericktown.

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