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Prep basketball: Blackcat girls claw Dragons

Ste. Genevieve’s Bri Abt (31) tries to post up while defended by Fredericktown during last Thursday’s Mineral Area Activities Association Large School Division girls’ basketball game. (PHOTO BY ERIC VICCARO/Herald staff)


Winter weather can really hang you up.

Just ask the Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ basketball team — who hadn’t played a game since Dec. 28 at the Sechrest Christmas Tournament in Park Hills. That was so last year.

Once again for Ste. Genevieve, the opponent was Fredericktown in this Mineral Area Activities Association Large School Division opener. 

The improving Blackcats proved to be too much for the Dragons yet again, winning 52-27. 

This marked Fredericktown’s second double-digit victory over Ste. Genevieve this season.

“I think their new coach (Micah Reutzel) is really getting things going in the right direction,” Ste. Genevieve head coach Jordanna Walk-Robison said.

Fredericktown’s Kyndal Dodd paced all scorers with 13 points on six field goals. 

Meanwhile, Kylee Clayton scored eight points and Chloe Staffen seven for the Dragons. Staffen scored the bulk of her points in the fourth quarter.

Walk-Robison said it’s been difficult on the Dragons to establish any kind of rhythm — after all, Ste. Genevieve has played just once in the past three weeks. That’s right, just once.

Fredericktown (8-6) scored 16 points in both the first and second quarters while playing exceptional defense. 

The Blackcats were up 32-11 at intermission, and expanded their margin throughout the second half — to as many as 30 points. 

Ava Meyer and Clayton tied for top honors in rebounds with five. 

Alli Byington swiped three steals and Kayden Huck two. 

Meyer also recorded two blocked shots.

Games don’t get easier for Ste. Genevieve this week, playing at North County on Thursday, Potosi on Monday, Jan. 24 and at Central (Park Hills) Jan. 27.

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