BY MATT KING
PARK HILLS DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR
PARK HILLS, Mo. — Ste. Genevieve limited Steelville to 33 percent shooting unofficially, and prevailed 51-40 in the eight-team, double-elimination Bob Sechrest Sr. Central High Christmas Tournament girls’ consolation final on Saturday morning (Dec. 30) at CHS’s T.J. Foulon Fieldhouse.
Chloe Staffen just missed a double-double as she drained a clinching 3-pointer down the stretch, and collected 17 points along with nine rebounds to pace the Dragons.
Ste. Genevieve (6-4) made just 6-of-15 free throws overall, but increased its 27-24 halftime lead to 43-35 after three quarters and held on.
Bri Abt provided nine points, and Sadie Greminger scored eight in the victory. Kayden Huck grabbed eight rebounds.
Marli Perkins powered Steelville (6-6) with a game-high 19 points. Abby Kreitner finished with eight.
Lady Dragons 48, Potosi 42
PARK HILLS, Mo. — Chloe Staffen netted 11 points amid a balanced effort, and Ste. Genevieve clipped Potosi in the consolation bracket of the Central Christmas Tournament on Wednesday (Dec. 27) at the T.J. Foulon Fieldhouse at CHS.
Kiki Asher and Kayden Huck added 10 points each, and Bri Abt tossed in eight for the Dragons, who established a 31-23 halftime lead.
Ste. Genevieve (4-5) picked up its third victory in four games, and advanced to face Steelville for fifth place on Saturday.
Aubree Wilson scored a game-high 15 points, and Nora Henry had 13 for Potosi (2-8).
South Iron 56, Lady Dragons 37
PARK HILLS, Mo. — South Iron converted more of its chances to score from the paint, and bounced Ste. Genevieve from the Central Christmas Tournament first round on Tuesday (Dec. 26) at CHS’s T.J. Foulon Fieldhouse.
Senior guard Anna Parker netted a game-high 17 points plus five assists and four steals, and the third-seeded Lady Panthers pulled away for the win.
Enzley Dinkins bookended a pivotal 10-3 run to start the fourth quarter by scoring off her own steal and assisting a breaking Parker on the next takeaway.
Payton German and Rena Miller knocked down 3-pointers in between, and South Iron (6-4) built its largest lead of 53-31 when Parker slashed her way to a layup.
Dinkins posted a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while German struck three times from long range and scored 13.
Ste. Genevieve (4-4) intensified its effort on the boards to make 9-of-16 free throws in the second half, but could not shrink a 29-16 deficit at intermission below single digits.
Chloe Staffen paced the Dragons with 13 points and seven rebounds, but her smooth turnaround shot was matched by a crisp transition pass from Parker to Dinkins.
South Iron established a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter after German nailed a tiebreaking 3-pointer, and a 9-0 push followed baskets by Lexi Warren and Staffen of Ste. Genevieve.
The Lady Panthers will seek to avenge a recent loss to Fredericktown in the semifinals on Thursday.