BONNE TERRE – Nick Parker and Karson Kekec combined for nine offensive rebounds during the first half to help the North County boys basketball team withstand an early slump Wednesday night.
Hayden Sprenkel found the range to score 28 points after missing his first eight shots, and the Raiders prevailed 72-59 over De Soto in their second meeting this season.
North County (10-3) overcame an early double-digit deficit to prevail for the second straight game as De Soto (9-8) attacked the rim for an opening 14-2 run.
The Raiders were limited to one field goal for more than seven minutes until a conventional 3-point play from senior Sean Pruneau occurred late in the first quarter.
Sprenkel heated up to sink back-to-back threes, and finished an outlet assist from Parker to bring the difference to within 20-18.
De Soto entered halftime with a narrow 28-27 edge, and increased with on consecutive baskets. But the Raiders responded with a 18-2 run that spanned the next four minutes.
Parker made a steal and go-ahead layup just after Kolten Poorman knocked down a 3-pointer. Kekec hit a putback and Sprenkel followed with two more triples to create a 45-34 North County lead.
West scored 13 of his 20 points for the Dragons after intermission, and brought his team within 56-51 by connecting on the run. But he later committed a backcourt foul and was also assessed a technical.
Sprenkel made 3-of-4 from the line as a result, and the Raiders converted 12-of-19 free throws during the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Hunter Johnson notched 10 points while Pruneau provided nine off the Raiders’ bench. Poorman and Kekec added eight points each.
Trevor Johnson had 14 points and Clayton Snudden chipped in 10 for De Soto.
Potosi 67, Union 58
POTOSI – Noah Jacobsen suffered an ankle injury during the final minute of action after his superb game propelled Potosi to a 67-58 triumph over Union.
Jacobsen finished with 34 points for the Trojans (5-6).
Chaffee 70, Bismarck 42
CHAFFEE, Mo. – Landon Tenkhoff moved past 1,000 career points, and scored a game-high 32 as Chaffee used a dominant second quarter to beat Bismarck 70-42.
The Red Devils (8-4) stretched a 16-11 lead through one quarter to 39-17 at halftime while handing the Indians (3-9) back-to-back road setbacks.
Senior guard Hunter Drake netted 23 points, and Austin Droege added 11 for Bismarck.
Scott City 58, St. Paul 57
FARMINGTON – Scott City split two free throws in the closing seconds, and edged St. Paul 58-57 in girls basketball action on Wednesday evening.
Katie Smith compiled 15 points with eight rebounds, and Faith Grant scored 13 for the visiting Lady Rams.
Chloe Propst dropped in a game-high 17 points for St. Paul (4-8). Andi Stetina finished with 16 points, and Paige Ames had 14.