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MAAA Tournament

Seth Miller (21), pictured during a game earlier this season, compiled a double-double on Saturday to help Fredericktown advance from the first round of the MAAA tournament.

Alan Kopitsky, Democrat-News

CADET – Logan Winkelman scored a game-high 18 points Saturday as the Fredericktown boys basketball team claimed a second narrow victory this season over Arcadia Valley.

Seth Miller posted 14 points with 15 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Blackcats, who prevailed 55-50 to highlight first-round action in the MAAA Tournament.

Fredericktown (6-15) reached the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2013, and will draw top seed Central on Monday evening at Mineral Area College.

Winkelman sank his third 3-pointer, and Kenny Couch hit a layup to put the Blackcats ahead 41-29 with less than nine minutes remaining in the contest.

Arcadia Valley (11-9) steadily chipped away after Peyton Whited scored through contact and made the ensuing free throw to open the fourth quarter.

Austin Wren sank a second 3-pointer to make it 51-49 with 1:23 to play, but the Tigers misfired on four subsequent chances to either tie or take the lead.

Grant Shankle added nine points, and Colton Rehkop netted eight for the Blackcats, including a perfect trip to the stripe that created the final margin.

Miller drilled a jumper in the lane, and Winkelman followed with a triple to help Fredericktown surge ahead 23-17 at halftime.

Arcadia Valley freshman Carter Brogan buried his first two jumpers, and Mikey Sizemore turned a steal into a transition layup during a 9-2 start.

Whited paced the Tigers with 14 points while Brogan had 12 and Sizemore tallied 11.

West County 70, Kingston 47

CADET – Dake McRaven drained five 3-pointers in a reserve role, and the West County boys continued its unblemished head-to-head history against Kingston with a 70-47 win.

Noah Vinson erupted for 14 of his game-high 22 points – including three straight shots from beyond the arc – during a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter that enabled the Bulldogs to take command.

Sixth-seeded West County (12-9) connected on 12-of-22 attempts from 3-point range, and advanced to meet Farmington in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.

Vinson extended a 47-36 lead with a steal and layup through contact, then caught fire from long range while alternating five 3-pointers with Kingston guard Cole Ragan.

McRaven tallied 15 points, and Nate Kinnard added a late basket to finish with 10 for the Bulldogs. Ryan Retzer chipped in nine more off the bench, and Nathan Hollock scored eight.

Ragan compiled 19 points and nine rebounds for short-handed Kingston (7-14), and trimmed his team’s deficit to 41-32 with an inside shot to open the final period.

Jordan Kennedy posted nine points and Boots Jessen added seven in defeat. Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter grabbed 18 rebounds and provided five blocks.

The Cougars committed 14 turnovers in the first quarter alone, but managed to stay within 19-18 when Ragan slashed through the lane for a layup.

Hollock and McRaven powered a 9-0 response with 3-pointers, however, and West County secured a 27-19 lead at the intermission.

Ste. Genevieve 70, Valley 20

CADET – Senior guard Gabe Greminger netted 20 of his 23 points before halftime, and fifth-seeded Ste. Genevieve routed Valley 70-20 in the opening round.

Sam Stolzer and Brandon Drury notched 10 points apiece, and Brady Boyer added nine points with six rebounds to bolster the Dragons (7-13).

Ste. Genevieve committed only eight turnovers while forcing 26, and converted 17-of-24 free throws while advancing to meet Potosi on Tuesday.

Greminger bookended a powerful 22-0 outburst with transition layups to establish a 35-9 lead after Logan Trollinger commenced the second quarter with a 3-pointer.

Thaddeus Heifner had six points for Valley (2-15), which faced a 42-12 halftime deficit and shot just 22 percent from the field

Ste. Genevieve outscored the Vikings 18-4 in the third quarter for a 60-16 cushion, getting conventional 3-point plays from Greminger and Boyer.

Valle Catholic 77, Bismarck 27

CADET – Nolan Schwent beat two buzzers with 3-pointers in the first and third quarters, and struck four times overall from the beyond the arc as Valle Catholic trounced Bismarck 77-27.

Ryan Grein netted 16 points and Kyle Gielow totaled 15 to pace the seventh-seeded Warriors, who shot 54 percent from the field and induced 32 turnovers by the Indians.

Valle Catholic (12-9) repeatedly powered its way toward the rim for layups, either through half-court offense or transition opportunities.

Grein and Gielow each produced two field goals as the Warriors punctuated the first quarter on a 12-0 run for a 20-8 advantage. They will face North County in the quarterfinals.

Devon Warden compiled 10 points with seven rebounds, and Logan Dunn scored nine for Bismarck (5-15), which competed without standout senior Hunter Drake due to a knee injury.

The Indians’ first four possessions of the third quarter ended with turnovers. Chase Dunlap and Grein produced fast-paced layup in three instances to increase a 33-14 halftime lead within a 15-0 run.

Schwent scored 12 points, and his fourth triple gave Valle Catholic a 64-18 advantage heading into an uninterrupted fourth quarter.

Aaron Doza dropped in 10 points to give the Warriors four players in double figures. Carter Hoog and Dunlap added seven each.


Potosi 57, Valley 43

POTOSI – Sophomore Jayleen Like scored 13 second-half points, and Potosi pestered Valley into a series of turnovers while taking control of a morning first-round game in the MAAA Tournament.

Mackenzie Adams had a game-high 14 points, and the eighth-seeded Lady Trojans converted 20-of-26 free throws during a 57-43 triumph.

Ally Coleman drained a 3-pointer, and Adams made an attacking layup moments later to spark a massive 30-7 run that spanned more than nine minutes.

Like turned a steal into two free throws for a 36-25 advantage as the third quarter concluded, and had a pair of offensive putbacks while crashing the boards in the fourth.

Jordayn Mercer stepped past a defender for a layup, resulting in the largest separation of the game at 53-30 as the Lady Trojans advanced to meet top seed Central on Monday.

Lexie Black sank her lone 3-pointer and a transition layup on consecutive possessions to bring Valley even at 23-23, but those were her team’s lone field goals of the third quarter.

Potosi (9-10) jumped ahead 13-5 lead through one quarter, but Valley (12-10) responded to draw within 19-18 at halftime.

Cameryn Yount netted eight points, and Olivia Coleman corralled nine rebounds in the victory.

Black had 12 points and Madison Lucas scored 11 after knocking down a pair of late 3-pointers for the Lady Vikings. Emma Rosener tallied nine points, and Elizabeth Morris collected 12 rebounds.

West County 47, Fredericktown 33

POTOSI – Cheyenne Young netted four straight baskets in the first quarter, and secured a double-double as No. 7 seed West County outlasted Fredericktown 47-33.

The Lady Bulldogs (16-6) limited their opposition to three field goals in the first half, and moved into the quarterfinal round to meet Farmington on Tuesday.

Young received a nifty entry pass from Dori McRaven during an opening 10-3 run, and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds overall.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Alyssa Roever gave West County a 16-6 edge, and Allee Drennen posted up for another score along the low block as the margin swelled to 30-12 by halftime.

Mallory Mathes posted seven of her eight points in the third quarter for Fredericktown (3-16), including a fast-break layup on an outlet pass from Callista Francis to make it 36-27.

The original 18-point deficit shrunk to six after Maddie Burrows sank a short jumper, but McRaven hit a fading bank shot to restore momentum for West County.

The Lady Bulldogs tacked on a series of free throws to close on an 11-3 run. Roever tallied eight points, and McRaven grabbed nine rebounds while equaling Drennen with seven points in the win.

Francis brought down 10 rebounds and matched Burrows with seven points each. Kylie Mann chipped in six points for Fredericktown.

North County 57, Bismarck 11

POTOSI – Senior forward Tiffani Thomas recorded her first varsity double-double with career highs of 15 points and 15 rebounds as fifth-seeded North County eased past winless Bismarck 57-11.

Kayleigh Winch compiled 17 points and 12 rebounds in reduced minutes for the Lady Raiders, who took home last year’s tournament crown from the No. 5 line in the bracket.

North County (12-9) utilized its bench over the final 18 minutes while building a 40-2 margin at halftime, and advanced to face Arcadia Valley in the quarterfinal round on Monday.

Michaela Mason capped the first quarter with a putback, and Thomas scored inside moments later for a 26-0 cushion. Stephanie Peterson contributed three 3-pointers to the victory.

Chloey Hardy had five points for Bismarck (0-19). Kendra Cooper ended a lengthy field-goal drought with a jumper in the first minute of the third quarter.

Valle Catholic 59, Kingston 38

POTOSI – Senior guard Kaydi Heil stepped up for Valle Catholic with a game-high 15 points as an ankle sprain kept teammate and leading scorer Sydni Basler out of action on Saturday.

The sixth-seeded Lady Warriors forced 26 turnovers, and topped Kingston 59-38 to earn a quarterfinal date against neighboring Ste. Genevieve.

Sophomore Rachel Loida scored her team’s first nine points of the third quarter, including a couple of short-range jumpers to create a 44-20 separation.

Valle Catholic (9-11) capped the first period with jumpers by freshmen Riley Siebert and Hannah Fowler for a 16-10 advantage.

A 13-0 run continued as Heil followed a mid-range shot with a 3-pointer. Her third triple of the game swished just ahead of the halftime buzzer to make it 35-17.

Loida totaled 12 points and Riley Siebert added nine for the Lady Warriors. Fowler brought down 13 rebounds while equaling Taylor Siebert with seven points each.

MaKenzey Boyer once again paced Kingston (2-16) with 12 points. Gracie Boyer scored eight points with six resulting from free throws, and Ashley Johnston claimed 12 rebounds.

Rayne Hongsermeier-Baxter notched the first two field goals by the Lady Cougars, and had 10 rebounds.


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