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BY MATT KING / PARK HILL DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR
MICHAEL BOYD JR. / STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
BETTER NEWSPAPERS, INC.
BISMARCK, Mo. — In a battle of girls basketball programs sharply on the rise, Valle Catholic achieved the higher degree of execution against Bismarck on Thursday night.
Brooklyn Weibrecht produced game highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double, and the Warriors scrapped their way to a 41-33 small-schools divisional win of the Mineral Area Activities Association conference at BHS.
Senior point guard Ade Weiler made eight steals plus four assists, and Madelyn Griffard totaled 11 points with eight rebounds to bolster the winning effort.
The Warriors (10-3, 2-0 MAAA) continued their strong resurgence, becoming the first MAAA squad to reach 10 wins this season after going 3-24 last winter.
Bismarck (6-3, 0-1) is building upon its previous breakout campaign, and matched rebounds with the Warriors as stingy half-court defense ruled the contest at both ends of the floor.
But second-chance baskets, a 22-18 turnover margin and free-throw shooting all tilted toward the visitors, who eventually built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Alyssa Brake paced the Indians with 10 points and eight rebounds, as production from the congested paint was often difficult to obtain.
Weibrecht drew the primary assignment against top scorer Ashley Hawkins, who was surrounded for much of the night, while Weiler matched up with Halie Dickey on the perimeter.
Hawkins and Dickey both average 16 points per game, but Valle held them to just 14 points total this game.
The teams were a combined 0 of 8 from 3-point range, but the Warriors found a mid-range weapon when Griffard capped the second and third quarters with timely jumpers.
Nicole Gegg finished a bounce pass from Weiler to open the fourth for a 35-24 advantage. That combination clicked again off a Weiler steal with less than two minutes remaining.
Dickey began the game with a steal and layup, and Brake netted her third straight field goal when Hawkins found her cutting along the left side of the lane for a 13-10 Bismarck edge.
Valle responded to surrender only five points in the second stanza, as the Indians picked up both field baskets over that eight-minute span off turnovers.
Brooklyn Weibrecht earned a putback and two subsequent trips to the line by crashing the glass, and Griffard followed a missed free throw to help the Warriors lead.
Hawkins scored though contact moments later while totaling 12 rebounds and six points, but Griffard connected from 16 feet to restore a 22-18 margin at intermission.
Bismarck had to deal with foul trouble once starting guards Morgan Randazzo and Kinsey Hubbs each were assessed three personals prior to the break.
But the Indians struck first out of the locker room, as two baskets from Brake bookended a 7-0 push to lead 25-22.
Weiler pestered the opposing guards from there, and sent Valle ahead for good with a steal and layup at 26-24, highlighting a pivotal 11-2 answer.
Addison Weibrecht chipped in seven rebounds for the Warriors, who sank 9 of 18 free throws.
Dickey finished with eight points, and Randazzo generated five steals before fouling out. Bismarck sputtered to a 5-of-21 showing from the stripe, including 3-of-16 in the second half.
— Matt King
Warriors 60, Crystal City 24
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Valle Catholic saw 11 different players score and therefore tripled their win total from last season when they had only six players.
The Warriors completed another heist on senior night with 29 total steals and also shot 40 percent (27 for 67) from the Arvel B. Popp Gymnasium floor to win their fourth straight game. They have four seniors this season.
Junior Madelyn Griffard shot 5 of 10 overall for 12 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior Nicole Gegg added 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and four rebounds.
Junior Brooklyn Weibrecht had eight points with a trey, six steals, five assists and two blocks.
Senior Ade Weiler had seven points with a 3, five assists, four rebounds, four steals and one block.
Freshman Ada Bley added six points, five rebounds and three steals.
Senior Rylee Overmann had three steals. Addison Weibrecht had four steals.
Ella Bley, Ada’s twin, had three steals. Fellow freshman Paige Gielow had three rebounds.
Senior Lexi Ritter had four points.
— Michael Boyd Jr.