1A-3A TEAMS IN COUNTY BEGIN REGIONAL PLAY THIS WEEK
St. Joseph’s boys outscored Conway Christian, 42-22, in the second half Saturday night on the way to a 64-42 victory in the boys championship game of the 2A-4 East tournament at Conway Christian’s gymnasium.
Both teams advanced to regional play this week at Magazine.
Bigelow defeated St. Joseph in the girls championship game, 50-20. Both teams, as well as Conway Christian, advanced to regional play at Magazine.
Andrew Beck led the Bulldogs with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Cole Schichtl had 12 and nine rebounds.
Other statistical leaders for St. Joseph were: Andrew Kordsmeier, 10 points, five rebounds, three assists; Landon Enderlin, six points, five assists; Drake Cooper, six points; Nash Nichols, three assists; Taylor Schrekenhofer, seven points; Dylan Schrekenhofer, four rebounds.
“It was a hard-fought game and I was proud of my guys’ effort,” said Brent Bruich, St. Joseph coach. “I was proud of how we moved the ball offensively. We had several assists and few turnovers. Defensive, we competed well on the boards. It’s a one-game season now and we have to be ready to play our best game of the season our next game (in the regional tournament against Mountainburg).”
After a week on not playing, the Bulldogs romped past Hector, 75-48, in the semifinals.
Beck had 15 points, three assists and two steals. Other leaders were: Drew Bates, 11 points, three assists; Cole Schichtl, nine points, five rebounds. Dylan Schrekehofer, eight points; Landon Enderlin, seven points, five assists; Andrew Kordsmeier, six points, six rebounds; Taylor Schrekenhofer, five points; Nash Nichols, six rebounds.
In the girls title game, Madeline Moix led the Lady Bulldogs (16-15) with six points. Megan Briggler and Abby Kordsmeier each had five.
“We ran into a buzzsaw tonight,” said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. “Bigelow has a fine team and they played very well. We have to bounce back and be ready to play in the regionals.”
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Quitman, 43-34 in the semifinals.
Leaders for St. Joseph were: Rachel Briggler, 15 points, five rebounds, three steals; Meagan Briggler, 12 points, six rebounds; Taylor Womack, 10 points; Moix, 10 rebounds. Anna Mayor, five assists. “The girls played well and did a good job on the defensive boards,” said Kordsmeier. “The offense executed well and that is what you want during tournament time.”
GREENBRIER JUNIOR GIRLS
Russellville East took a 39-32 double-overtime victory over Greenbrier’s girls on Saturday, eliminating the Lady Russellville East was 19 of 26 from the free-throw line. Greenbrier went 9 of 16 from the line.
“I am proud of my girls for battling hard the whole game,” said coach Larry Flake. “We got into foul trouble but we kept battling. I think we just were wore down in that second OT. “This was a good group of kids that fought hard the whole year.”
Kory Westerman led the Panthers with 15 points and Charli Short added nine. Ali Skudlark had four points and Ashton Howard and Emily Moore had two each.
Regional tournaments begin at various sites this week for basketball teams from smaller schools.
St. Joseph’s boys (28-2) will be one of the favorites in the tourney at Magazine. Another of the best smaller teams in the state is Mount Vernon-Enola’s girls who are 30-2 after winning their district tournament.
Mayflower’s boys, St. Joseph’s boys and girls, Conway Christian’s boys and girls, Guy-Perkins’ boys and girls and Mount Vernon-Enola’s girls all qualified for regionals.
The regional first-round schedule involving county teams:
Class 3A Region 2 at Jessieville
Riverview vs. Mayflower, 8:30 p.m.
Class 2A West Region at Magazine
Mountainburg girls vs. Conway Christian, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph boys vs. Mountainburg, 8:30 p.m.
St. Joseph girls vs.Hackett,4 p.m.
Conway Christian boys vs. Decatur, 5:30 p.m.
Class A Region 3 at Greers Ferry West Side
Mount Vernon-Enola girls vs. No. 4 seed, 2 South, 4 p.m.
Concord boys vs. Guy-Perkins, 8:30 p.m.
Guy-Perkins boys vs. No. 3 Seed, 2 South, 7 p.m.