SGHS Girls Basketball

Ste. Genevieve’s lone senior Ella Reed (left) carried the Park Hills Central Christmas Tournament championship trophy to her teammates as they joined in the celebration on Tuesday, December 31. The Dragons defeated Steelville in double overtime to win the Park Hills Central tournament for the first time. (Photo by JASON VIOX/Herald staff)

PARK HILLS — Ste. Genevieve’s first half against Steelville was nearly flawless, but the second half went the opposite way.

Despite the difficult second half the Dragons still managed to come out on top, but they needed a couple extra frames to get the job done.

After a 21-point lead disappeared, Ste. Genevieve came through with key plays as Sydney Bumgardaner led the charge in many of those situations, and the third-seeded Dragons claimed their first Park Hills Central Christmas Tournament championship with a 78-74 double overtime win against fourth-seeded seed Steelville on Tuesday, December 31.

“When you play that hard and then come out on top, especially going into two overtimes and you finish out with a win, that’s just icing on the cake,” Ste. Genevieve coach Jordanna Walk-Robison said. “That’s awesome.”

Ste. Genevieve’s biggest lead of 21 points came when Bumgardaner hit a 3-pointer around the halfway mark of the second quarter for a 32-11 advantage. After the lead slowly diminished through the rest of the half, it was gone by the end game.

See complete story in the January 8 edition of the Herald.