The Ste. Genevieve Girls Varsity Basketball team started off the 65th annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament with an impressive 67-46 win over the Potosi Trojans.
“The girls have been working really hard in practice and have bought in to defense first mentality,” said Head Coach Jordanna Walk. “We’ve really been working on our full court defense and getting after teams at the beginning of the game. They want to press and want to be where the ball is and hate when I call it off.”
She added, “I’m proud of how they played today and the girls that came in off the bench, giving us some good minutes and a few 3-pointers.”
It was a dominant first half for the Dragons, especially in the first quarter, where they outscored Potosi 25-11. Maci Reynolds led all scorers with 11 points.
Reynolds and the Dragons carried that momentum into the second where she scored 11 of the teams’ 17 points to give them a commanding 42-18 lead at halftime. The Dragons offense continued to roll along in the third, totaling 19 points, while its defense remained stout by holding Potosi to just 11.
From there, despite being outscored 17-6 in the fourth, it was all Dragons in the end as they went on for the 21-point win.
Reynolds led the way with a game-high 31 points. When asked if this was her most productive game on her impressive basketball resume, she responded, “Yes that is a career high! We are feeling good and we are so excited to get back to work against Steelville!”
Abigail Moore added nine points, while Megan Aubuchon and Sydney Bumgardaner contributed eight points each.
Aubuchon added, “We worked well on offense and defense. I’m excited that we are moving into the next round (of the tournament).”
Bumgardaner then commented on the team’s performance, saying, “We just practiced hard and made some tweaks to what we’ve been doing. I thought we did a good job of getting open looks and limiting Potosi to outside shots and hardly any offensive rebounds.”
The Lady Dragons return to action next Tuesday when they’ll square off against Steelville.