BY MICHAEL BOYD JR.
HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
FARMINGTON, Mo. — For the second straight girls’ basketball game, Ste. Genevieve’s lineup was held to single digits in scoring as the host Knightettes rolled to a 65-27 large-schools divisional victory of the Mineral Area Activities Conference at Farmington High on Thursday (Jan. 26).
The Dragons could get nothing going at the very nice FHS Fieldhouse. They were down only 14-11 after one quarter, but trailed 35-20 by intermission and 52-25 heading into the final frame.
Kiki Asher and Chloe Staffen had eight points apiece. The team was 6 for 8 from the foul line.
Ste. Genevieve (6-8, 0-4 MAAA) started out 4-1 on the season but now have lost six of its last seven contests.
The Knightettes (16-3, 3-1) suddenly found themselves back in the title hunt after rival Park Hills Central was upset by Fredericktown this night, creating a possible share for the large-schools seasonal crown as each of the six league schools in this division has just one conference game remaining.
Skylar Sweeney scored a game-high 17 points — 12 in the first half — for the host. Grace Duncan scored 12 of her 13 total points in the first half.
Jade Roth added 11 points. The senior is the daughter of former Valle Catholic athlete Eric Roth, and she recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Lindenwood University, an NCAA Division I school in St. Charles.
Farmington was 12 for 17 from the foul line, while Ste Genevieve was 6 for 8 from it.
If Central, Farmington and Fredericktown win their league contests this week, all three will share the conference crown heading into the MAAA tournament beginning this coming Saturday.
PHC 65, Dragons 31
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Ste. Genevieve ran into the buzzsaw known as the Rebels on this night during MAAA large-schools divisional girls’ basketball action at the Peggy J. Johnson Memorial Gymnasium last Monday night (Jan. 23).
The host Dragons still struggled shooting, managing just 10 points or less per quarter as the Park Hills-based Rebels’ defensive pressure proved too much. They have lost two straight and five of their last six games.
Ste. Genevieve (6-7, 0-3 MAAA) trailed 15-6 after one quarter, 36-15 at halftime and 47-25 to start the final period.
Kiki Asher had eight points. Kayden Huck had seven. The team was 10 for 16 from the charity stripe.
Khloe Dischbein led all with 16 points. Allysaa had 12 points. Both had the game’s only 3-pointers at one apiece.
Central (15-2, 3-0), which has won seven straight, was 13 for 23 from the free-throw line.
The Dragons were supposed to visit MAAA divisional foe Fredericktown Blackcats this past Monday but another but smaller amount of snow fell on the region again postponing all events in the area. That game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
They will compete in the 12-team MAAA tournament beginning Saturday (Feb. 4) and continuing all next week (Feb. 6-11) with the first-round sites to be determined after seedings are determined. The rest of the tournament will play out at the Bob Sechrest Sr. Fieldhouse at Mineral Area College in Park Hills.