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IRONTON – The host team exploded for a 25-0 scoring run that was sparked by a tenacious defensive effort in the first quarter against West County in the third-place game of the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament.

Jeremiah Moore powered Arcadia Valley by scoring its first nine points, and netted 21 of his game-high 26 during the first half while adding nine rebounds and four steals in an 88-64 victory on Thursday.

The top two seeds in the bracket battled for a lesser prize than expected after No. 1 West County was stunned by fifth-seeded Lesterville and No. 2 Arcadia Valley fell to South Iron in the semifinals.

Tatum Jones paced the early defense for the Tigers by drawing four charging fouls within the opening four minutes, including three on consecutive stops as two layups by the Bulldogs were negated.

Jones and Moore paired in the post for Arcadia Valley to highlight the game-clinching spurt in the second quarter.

Jones pulled down a West County miss, and immediately heaved an outlet pass to Takota Jones for a completed 3-point play in transition and an 18-10 lead just one minute into the second period.

Moore constantly got inside and added to the dominant run. The Tigers denied opposing ball handlers from getting near the rim for open looks, and executed a half-court trap to generate a multitude of turnovers.

Austin Wren, Peyton Whited, and Moore drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to earn a 38-10 edge with 4:02 on the clock. Wren notched 15 points plus five rebounds in the win, and Whited recorded 11 points.

Ty Simily broke the cold streak for West County by banking in a layup following the barrage of 3-pointers. The Bulldogs struggled with turnovers, and trailed 47-18 at the break after Reid Pratt split two free throws.

Simily paced West County with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Nathan Hollock added 12 points.

West County forced eight turnovers within the first four minutes of the third period, but failed to convert several of its transition opportunities.

Pratt, who finished with nine points, trimmed the deficit to 50-26 by turning a steal into a layup during an 8-2 run midway through the quarter.

Carter Brogan facilitated long and efficient possessions to help the Tigers shed time. He often connected with a cutting Takota Jones, who had 16 points.

The Bulldogs fought hard in transition during the fourth quarter by implementing an effective fast-break offense. Noah Vinson and Nate Kinnard each contributed four free throws down the stretch, and Dake McRaven added six points on three baskets.

But Arcadia Valley handled the ball safely over the final two minutes, and Eli Vandergriff sank a 3-pointer on his lone attempt with 10 seconds remaining.

Ellington 60, Fredericktown 44

IRONTON – Freshman Brycen King nailed four 3-pointers on a 19-point night to pace No. 6 Ellington past eighth-seeded Fredericktown 60-44 in the fifth-place game of the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament.

Colten Rehkop frequently earned chances at the foul line to record half of his 14 points for the Blackcats. Junior teammate Logan Winkelman added six of his eight points during the fourth quarter.

The Whippets held a narrow 27-26 lead at halftime before erupting for 23 points in the third quarter, while holding Fredericktown to just five.

Will Copeland provided Ellington with 10 points, and Kyle Conkright finished with nine. Ryle Hunter dropped in four baskets to add eight points.

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