BONNE TERRE – Sean Pruneau had a conventional 3-point play, and Kolten Poorman added a basket off the bench to help the North County boys basketball team close the third quarter with a 16-point lead.
Notre Dame barely needed three minutes to completely erase the margin on Monday night with a fast-paced 19-0 run that included a series of forced turnovers.
But the Raiders regrouped as the pace slowed down, and Hayden Sprenkel drained 7-of-9 free throws down the stretch in his senior debut to power a 69-67 North Country triumph.
Tyler Landewee and Kam Dohogne sparked the Bulldogs’ sudden outburst with transition baskets early in the fourth quarter, and Dawson Dohogne put the visitors ahead 63-62.
A driving layup by Landwee gave Notre Dame a 67-64 lead with 4:56 to play, but the Raiders (1-0) shut out their opposition for the remainder of the game.
Sprenkel netted a game-high 33 points with six rebounds, and sank two free throws for a 68-67 North County edge before the Bulldogs threw an ensuing pass out of bounds.
Notre Dame (0-1) called a timeout with 3.9 seconds left after not attempting a shot on a dribble drive, and a fading turn-around only caught the backboard and rim as time expired.
Isiah Porrier chipped in eight points for the Raiders, including a 3-pointer that created a 45-34 halftime margin. Hunter Johnson added seven points and John Starkey had six.
North County extended a 19-16 lead behind 14 second-quarter points by Sprenkel, who combined two 3-pointers with crafty mid-range leaners.
Johnson punctuated an 11-0 spurt with a basket from the post to make it 42-30.
The Raiders displayed depth as seven players scored in the opening period, and three field goals resulted from offensive rebounds.
Dawson Dohogne tallied a team-high 17 points for Notre Dame, but was mostly contained by defense from forward Tyler Johnston after halftime.
Landewee ended with 16 points and Kam Dohogne totaled 14.
Valley 57, Meadow Heights 50
PATTON, Mo. – The Valley girls basketball team rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit to put away Meadow Heights 57-50 in the season opener.
Senior guard Lexie Black poured in 23 points, and Madison Lucas likewise reached double figures with 15 for the Lady Vikings (1-0).
Sophomore Liz Morris added nine points in her varsity debut, and Emma Rosener finished with eight.