PARK HILLS – Potosi sophomore Kaleb Coffman converted a high percentage of shots in the post, and added a transition slam to his team-high 18 points against West County on Saturday.
The Trojans often worked the ball down low to maintain an established early advantage, and beat the Bulldogs 68-55 at the Rotary Shootout.
Trenton Cain also provided a threat near the basket, and ended with 10 points despite lingering foul trouble for Potosi (3-2). His completed 3-point play after dunking on a fast break gave the Trojans a 12-9 lead late in the first quarter.
Noah Vinson kept West County (2-3) within striking distance throughout the game by constantly attacking the rim with dribble penetration, and picked up nine of his game-high 21 points from the foul line.
Demond Guthrie, who tallied eight points, widened the Potosi lead to 36-26 by by beating the halftime buzzer with a heavily-contested perimeter shot. He drained another 3-pointer just 10 seconds into the third quarter.
Potosi began to commit turnovers more frequently, and West County slowly chipped away by sinking 11-of-12 free throws in the third period.
The Trojans maintained a 55-47 edge going into the fourth after Coffman dropped in a layup with 10 seconds on the clock.
Noah Jacobsen briefly exited the game after hurting his leg on a putback attempt, but returned minutes later and contributed 15 points plus eight rebounds in the win.
Ty Simily worked the offensive glass and drew shooting fouls for the Bulldogs down the stretch, providing nine points with six rebounds.
Cain and Coffman each fouled out for Potosi late in the game, and Vinson did the same for West County with four minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs were assessed a technical foul for having six players on the court with 1:33 to play, and Jacobsen split the resulting free throws.
North County 61, Arcadia Valley 31
PARK HILLS – Senior Hayden Sprenkel buried his third 3-pointer of the first quarter from five feet beyond the midcourt stripe as the buzzer sounded to give North County a commanding 23-5 lead.
Sprenkel finished with six shots from behind the arc, and paced all players with 22 points plus seven rebounds in a 61-31 victory over Arcadia Valley at the Rotary Shootout.
The Raiders (4-1) dominated at both ends of the floor to achieve a 38-13 halftime margin. Peyton Whited recorded the Tigers' first basket on a layup with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter with his club trailing 13-1.
Carter Brogan paced Arcadia Valley (2-4) with seven points, and Austin Wren added two 3-pointers to finish with six points.
Nick Parker contributed eight points and three steals for North County. Hunter Johnson, John Starkey, and Isiah Poirrier each added seven points.
The Tigers limited turnovers in the second half with a more patient offense, but struggled to prevent the aggressive attack of the Raiders.
Kingston 57, Lesterville 55
PARK HILLS – Kingston hit clutch shots throughout the fourth quarter, and secured one of the biggest triumphs in the history of its boys basketball program on Saturday morning.
Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter starred in the post with 15 points and 21 rebounds, and the Cougars knocked off state-ranked Lesterville 57-55 at Mineral Area College.
Kingston (2-5) shot a blistering yet patient 67 percent from the field after halftime, and received a game-high 19 points from guard Cole Ragan plus 13 from Kielan Reyes.
Hongsermeier-Baxter assisted Reyes and scored his own basket on consecutive possessions to bring the Cougars within 23-20 at halftime.
A conventional 3-point play by Hongsermeier-Baxter proved crucial at the third-quarter buzzer, and Kingston grabbed a 41-40 edge early in the fourth on a perimeter shot by Keith Jessen.
The lead changed hands four more times, and a driving layup by Reyes made it 52-48 with two minutes remaining.
Brendan Myers missed two free throws as the Bearcats trailed 55-53 with 14.3 seconds left, and Ragan converted two for the clinching Kingston points.
Lesterville (6-2) ascended to No. 9 in the latest Class 1 coaches’ poll after winning the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament, but have since dropped back-to-back games.
Riley Mathes scored 16 points while Myers had 15 points and seven rebounds in defeat.
Greenville 73, Bismarck 57
PARK HILLS – Tye Huff scored 20 points, and Greenville dominated Bismarck 73-57 for its first victory of the season at the Rotary Shootout.
Chance Rogers added 12 points and Jack Becker had 10 for the Bears (1-4), who forced 26 turnovers and surged into halftime with a 44-20 lead.
Austin Droege and Hunter Drake each netted 14 points, and reserve Tim Mork provided 12 points with seven rebounds for Bismarck (1-6).
The Indians closed with a 14-4 run, but the outcome has long been decided. Greenville enjoyed a 53-22 lead when Trevor Willard converted a 3-point play in the third quarter.
Becker scored five points during an initial 9-2 surge by the Bears, who shot 49 percent from the field in the game.
Hillsboro 76, Central 64
HILLSBORO, Mo. – The Hillsboro boys basketball team exploded in the second half of the Gene Steighorst Tournament championship game to recapture and widen a lead against Central on Saturday evening.
The top-seeded Hawks shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc during the second half, and sealed the title with a 76-64 triumph.
Gaven Pinkley led all players with 29 points and 10 rebounds for Hillsboro (5-0). Michael Brewer added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Third-seeded Central (2-2) maintained a slight advantage throughout the majority of the second quarter, and entered the break leading 35-34 after Wade Scherrfius made a go-ahead layup.
However, Brewer drained consecutive 3-pointers with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter for a 52-50 lead, and the Hawks never trailed again.
Scherrfius paced the Rebels with 18 points, and Breven McMullen scored 15 while Brent Wagner notched 10.
Farmington 72, Hazelwood West 49
SULLIVAN, Mo. – Brendon Hardy finished with 27 points, and the Farmington boys basketball team registered its first victory of the season.
Cole Laurence added 19 points, and Tycen Gray posted a double-double for the Knights in a 72-49 triumph over Hazelwood West on a neutral court.
Gray grabbed 13 rebounds while pouring in 15 points, and Farmington (1-3) sank 16-of-23 attempts from the line.
Hardy knocked down four 3-poitners.
St. Paul 62, St. Joe (Ark.) 56
HARRISON, Ark. – St. Paul Lutheran notched its first victory of the season while adding a mark to the Missouri side of the ledger in the Border Shootout series.
Gabe Ayers dropped 33 points as the Giants moved past St. Joe (Ark.) 62-56 on Saturday.
Cody Ziegelmeyer scored 16 more for St. Paul (1-5).