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FARMINGTON – Meadow Heights began the third quarter on a 7-0 run, and proceeded to outscore St. Paul 15-3 in the period to build a comfortable lead in girls basketball action on Friday.

Gracie Cooks helped maintain the late advantage for the Panthers by contributing eight of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Jaycee Whitener and Janie Cook each recorded 10 rebounds, as Meadow Heights closed out a 53-37 victory by aggressively crashing the boards.

Chloe Propst converted the lone St. Paul basket of the third on a 3-pointer to make the score 30-25 with 4:45 on the clock. She posted a team-high 11 points plus 10 rebounds.

Meadow Heights (4-15) kept its momentum, however, by draining three shots from the perimeter, and captured a 38-25 lead entering the final quarter.

Both teams started the contest with turnovers on each of their first three possessions. Whitener dropped in a layup for the first bucket two minutes into the game after stealing a pass near midcourt.

Paige Ames narrowed the deficit to 8-4 for St. Paul (5-16) on a putback finish with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter. She notched eight points and eight rebounds.

The Giants outscored the opposition 18-15 in a strong offensive second quarter, and briefly achieved their lone lead of 22-21 during the final minute of the half after Haylie Debert split a pair of free throws.

Debert banked in the first 3-pointer for St. Paul to bring the score within 14-7 during the early moments of the second quarter. Propst powered the Giants during the second period with productive driving and passing.

Hope Dietiker drained three shots from beyond the arc, and finished with 13 points for the Lady Panthers. Whitener posted nine points, and Janie Cook added seven.

St. Paul finished 2-of-19 from the free-throw line, while Meadow Heights was 5-of-6. The Panthers won a previous matchup 46-42 in December.

Boys Basketball

Central 69, West County 63

LEADWOOD – Nathan Hollock knocked down his fifth 3-pointer to gain a 57-54 West County lead with slightly more than three minutes to play, but Jake Casey immediately answered from long distance on the other end to square the score for Central.

Each team was held scoreless during the final three minutes of regulation to force an overtime battle. The Rebels generated a 12-5 run in the extra period behind stout defense to secure a 69-63 triumph.

Breven McMullen paced Central (13-8) with 18 points, and Holden Mayberry added 14. Wade Scherffius contributed 10 points, while Brent Wagner and Casey each produced nine.

Noah Vinson frequently slashed into the lane to earn chances from the foul line, and recorded a game-high 23 points for West County (11-9). Hollock ended with 15 points exclusively from beyond the arc, and Nate Kinnard provided 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Central holds the top seed in the MAAA Tournament, and will face the winner between Arcadia Valley and Fredericktown on Monday at Mineral Area College.

West County, the No. 6 seed, will meet first-round host Kingston on Saturday.

Farmington 72, Jackson 67

JACKSON, Mo. – Farmington conjured a 25-6 run during the third quarter after being held to just five points during the second period by Jackson.

Cameron Friend nailed two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, then Tycen Gray sank four big free throws to help secure a 72-67 win on Friday.

Cole Laurence paced all scorers with a career-high 29 points for Farmington (12-8). Brendon Hardy finished with 18 points, while Gray provided 14 points plus 11 rebounds.

Jackson (11-8) produced a 16-0 stretch during a lopsided second quarter to gain a 37-25 edge at the break. Gavin Harris notched 20 points to lead the Indians, while Desmond Morris tallied 14 and Pete Lake had 10.

Bryce Sancegraw contributed six assists for the Knights.

Farmington will play the winner between West County and Kingston in the quarterfinal round of the MAAA tournament at Mineral Area College on Monday.

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