BONNE TERRE – Known throughout the region as a lethal shooter with seemingly boundless range, it was appropriate for Hayden Sprenkel to notch another personal milestone by hitting a 3-pointer.
The senior guard joined elite company on Friday night after sinking a 21-footer during the third quarter to become only the second boys basketball player in MAAA history with 2,000 career points.
“It’s a great feeling and my teammates are a big part of it,” Sprenkel said. “They really help to set the screens and get me the ball when I’m open. I have to give credit to them and my coaches.”
His North County teammates joined in the festivities on by collectively sinking a whopping 19 shots from beyond the arc in an 82-59 home victory over Potosi.
The Raiders (14-3, 4-0) surged to a commanding 20-3 start before Sprenkel netted his first field goal of the game, and forced the Trojans (8-10, 2-2) into 13 first-half turnovers.
North County will hope to punctuate its first unbeaten run through the MAAA Large-School division since 2006 when traveling to Central on Tuesday for a winner-take-all showdown.
Isiah Poirrier knocked down seven 3-pointers, including his first three attempts, while matching Sprenkel with a game-high 23 points for the Raiders.
Hunter Johnson connected five times from deep range to accumulate 17 points, and Nick Parker posted eight points with three steals.
The Raiders made seven of their first nine perimeter launches, and benefited when Karson Kekec made a diving steal and fired a perfect pass from his back to Parker for a layup through contact.
Noah Jacobsen totaled 21 points with three steals, and tried to restore order for Potosi after ending the first quarter in a 27-12 deficit.
The junior guard attacked for a layup to open the second period, and earned three separate trips to the charity stripe prior to halftime.
Jon Starkey scored a contested putback plus the foul, however, and Cody Hubbard struck for three along the right side to restore a 44-24 divide at the break.
Sprenkel made history just as the clock ticked under three minutes to play in the third quarter, sinking a pull-up triple just a few steps right from the top of the key.
Only former Potosi star and current Missouri State baseball pitcher Dylan Coleman had reached the 2,000-point plateau in the conference until Friday.
North County built its largest lead of the night at 80-48 when Sprenkel nailed his sixth 3-pointer. Potosi then closed on an 11-2 spurt against the reserves.
Kaleb Coffman had 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds inside for the Trojans. Zach Haynes finished with eight points.
Farmington 84, Ste. Genevieve 49
FARMINGTON – Senior guard Brendon Hardy recorded 27 points plus eight rebounds and four assists to help Farmington roll past Ste. Genevieve 84-49 in conference action.
The Knights (10-8, 2-2) gained early control with a 23-9 advantage through one quarter, and erupted for 32 points in the third quarter while stretching a 44-22 margin.
Tycen Gray posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Cole Laurence also netted 16 points for Farmington.
Gabe Greminger scored 15 points and Darien Brown added eight for Ste. Genevieve (5-13, 0-4).
Arcadia Valley 86, Bismarck 70
IRONTON – Carter Brogan totaled 21 points with five assists, and Arcadia Valley created separation from Bismarck in the third quarter to earn an 86-70 victory.
Peyton Whited also highlighted a balanced effort by the Tigers with 20 points and four assists, while Jeremiah Moore had 17 points and a team-high five steals.
Takota Jones compiled 12 rebounds along with 11 points, and Mikey Sizemore chipped in eight points with four assists.
Arcadia Valley (10-7, 2-1) entered halftime with a narrow 42-39 lead, but outscored the Indians 24-16 over the next eight minutes for a 66-55 advantage.
Bismarck (5-13, 2-2) was paced by Logan Dunn with 19 points. Hunter Drake tallied 17 points with eight rebounds, and Devon Warden powered in 16 points with 10 rebounds.
Kingston 60, Valley 31
CADET – Cole Ragan recorded the first 16 points for Kingston on Friday night, and led all players with 20 in a 60-31 victory against Valley on Friday.
Kielan Reyes notched 14 points and Keith Jessen added 11 for the Cougars (7-11, 1-3). Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter provided a presence near the basket with 14 rebounds and seven blocks.
Kingston limited Valley to single-digit scoring in each quarter, and held a 22-14 edge at halftime. The Cougars pulled away by increasing defensive pressure and pushing the offensive tempo.
Jordan Moses contributed seven points for the Vikings (2-12, 0-4).