In a battle of state-ranked squads, the St. James High School girls’ basketball team dropped from a tie for first place in the Four-Rivers Conference standings by losing at Sullivan 52-46 Monday, Feb. 17.
Sullivan, ranked No. 6 in the Missouri Class 4 state poll, improved to 20-2 overall and 5-1 in the FRC. The Lady Tigers, ranked No. 9 in the Class 3 state poll, fell to 17-5 and 4-2. Entering this week four teams had just one loss in FRC play.
This week the Lady Tigers are scheduled to end the regular season with games at West County Wednesday and at Hermann in a league contest Thursday. Saturday, Feb. 22 second-seeded St. James plays seventh-seeded Mountain Grove at 3 p.m. in the first round of the Missouri Class 3 District 4 Tournament at Mountain Grove.
Monday, Sullivan had a 15-10 lead after the first period. The host Lady Eagles put up another 15 points in the second quarter to take a 30-22 halftime edge.
In a low-scoring third period St. James outscored Sullivan 8-5 to cut its deficit to 35-30 entering the fourth quarter.
Sullivan scored just three field goals in the second half but shot 24 free throws, allowing the Lady Eagles to hold on.
Sophomore forward Aly Bullock had 16 points, junior forward Hannah Marcee 11 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Bailey Wells 10 points and five rebounds for the Lady Tigers.
St. James won the junior varsity game 31-21.
Scoring: St. James (17-5, 4-2): Bullock 16, H. Marcee 11, Wells 10, Whitener 6, Krause 3. Sullivan (20-2, 5-1): Harbour 15, Lock 10, Shetley 9, Johanning 9, Denbow 5, Dudley 4.
STJ 54, Owensville 24
On STJ Senior Night, the Lady Tigers avenged an earlier loss in the Sullivan Tournament by blasting the Owensville Dutchgirls.
The game was close for a half. St. James took a 11-10 lead after one period and outscored Owensville 13-5 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 24-15.
After intermission St. James’ defense allowed nine points, including just two in the final period.
Junior guard Riley Whitener had 15 points while freshman guard Livi Herron added 13 points and Wells nine rebounds and four steals.
Over two quarters St. James won the JV game 23-7. Tessa Crocker had seven points for the STJ JV squad.
Scoring: St. James: Whitener 15, Herron 13, Wells 8, H. Marcee 8, A. Bullock 6, Sanders 2, A. Marcee 2. Owensville (9-13, 0-4): Finley 7, Skornia 6, Hendrix 4, Reed 4, Watson 3
STJ 56, Osage 31
A fast start allowed the Lady Tigers to knock off School of the Osage.
STJ took a 16-6 lead after one period and pulled away by outscoring Osage 23-7 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 39-13. The two teams exchanged points most of the second half, and St. James’ lead was never threatened.
H. Marcee scored a game-high 19 points and Whitener added 17 for STJ.
St. James won the JV game 40-25. Camille Bullock and Rylee Hancock each had nine points for the St. James JV squad.
Scoring: St. James: Herron 3, Sanders 6, Crocker 2, Whitener 17, H. Marcee 19, Spurgeon 1, A. Marcee 1, Hancock 3, A. Bullock 4. Osage: Luttrell 2, Good 3, Newberry 2, Wolf 10, Borwell 1, DeMutt 8, Mayer 3.
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