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PARK HILLS – Hayden Sprenkel drained 10 shots from beyond the arc in a 38-point performance for North County against Valle Catholic.

The Raiders combined for 13 3-pointers on Wednesday, and progressed into the semifinal round of the MAAA Tournament with a 74-41 victory. They will play defending champion Farmington on Friday.

Sprenkel poured in 28 of his points during the first half by pulling up to drill heavily contested long-distance shots. He released several of his 3-pointers from more than five feet behind the arc

Second-seeded North County (15-4) finished the first quarter on an 11-2 run to claim a 20-12 lead. Carter Hoog scored all seven of his points for Valle Catholic (12-10) to help keep the score close.

Chase Dunlap paced the Warriors with 14 points, while Ryan Grein posted nine.

Sprenkel sank his fourth 3-pointer less than two minutes into the second quarter to achieve a 25-15 edge. The Raiders continued to pop shooters open, and gained a 44-26 advantage at the intermission.

North County applied aggressive full-court pressure during the third quarter, and built onto its lead in transition. Reserves led the defensive stand by hustling for loose balls to help create a 60-37 edge going into the final period.

The North County starters sat for the final four minutes after Sprenkel drained a shot from about six feet behind the arc to claim a 68-40 lead.

John Starkey posted the final six points for the Raiders, and capped scoring with a free throw as time expired.

The Raiders missed just one of their eight chances at the stripe, while Valle Catholic finished 11-of-19.

Hunter Johnson contributed 13 points in the win.

The Warriors will face West County in the fifth-place bracket on Thursday.

Farmington 97, West County 48

PARK HILLS – Farmington generated a 29-8 run through the second quarter to shift momentum against West County on Wednesday.

The Knights quickly widened the margin by frequently using their size near the basket, and routed the Bulldogs 97-48 in an MAAA quarterfinal contest.

Farmington (13-8) will face North County in the semifinal round at Mineral Area College on Friday. Small-school conference champion West County (12-10) fell to the fifth-place bracket to battle Valle Catholic on Thursday.

Brendon Hardy paced all players with 30 points for the Knights. Tycen Gray pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds plus 20 points, while Cole Laurence added 17 points with 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs kept a manageable deficit of 23-18 at the end of the first quarter with sharp cuts into the lane. Dake McRaven notched a team-high 13 points for West County, while Noah Vinson scored 10 of his 12 points during the second half.

But Farmington limited the Bulldogs without a basket in the second quarter until a corner 3-pointer by McRaven brought the score to 40-20 with 3:44 on the clock.

The Knights responded with back-to-back threes to continue its dominant quarter. Hardy drained a turn-around jumper from near the free-throw line with two seconds on the clock to claim a 52-26 at the break.

Laurence forcefully crashed the boards early in the third quarter, and thrived on second-chance points to help increase the Farmington advantage.

West County frequently earned chances at the foul line, and finished 12-of-19. The Knights shot 10-of-15 at the stripe.

Farmington focused its attack from the perimeter down the stretch, and took an 82-40 lead heading into the final period.

Each of the starting rotations rested during the fourth quarter, and the Knights added four 3-pointers to close out the victory.


Kingston 66, Bismarck 31

FARMINGTON – Kingston had five players score in double figures in to eliminate Bismarck from the MAAA Tournament on Wednesday.

Boots Jessen paced the Cougars with 16 points, while Cole Ragan added 14 in the 66-31 triumph.

Kyle Vandergrif and Kielan Reyes each provided 11 points, while Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter contributed 15 rebounds, 10 points and eight blocks.

Kingston (8-14) will battle Arcadia Valley in the consolation championship at West County on Saturday.

The Cougars started on a 20-6 stretch through the first quarter, and held a 42-19 edge at the break.

Devon Warden finished with 11 points and five rebounds for Bismarck (5-16), while Logan Dunn produced 10 rebounds with nine points.

Arcadia Valley 72, Valley 45

FARMINGTON – Tatum Jones notched 14 points for Arcadia Valley to help oust Valley from the MAAA Tournament.

The Tigers scored more than 20 points in each of the first three periods, and secured a 72-45 victory. They will face Kingston in the consolation final at West County on Saturday.

Carter Brogan provided 12 points for Arcadia Valley (12-9), while Peyton Whited had 11. Austin Wren ended with nine points, while Takota Jones and Stephen Pursley each notched seven.

The Tigers held a 48-22 advantage at halftime after limiting Valley (2-16) to 11 points in the second quarter.


Sports Reporter

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