South Iron Girls, Bourbon Boys Crowned Champs In Valley Tournament


(CALEDONIA, Mo.) – The Bourbon Warhawks and South Iron Panthers took home first place in the boys and girls Valley of Caledonia basketball tournaments Saturday on J-98. South Iron earned its third-straight title in the girls tournament with a 44-34 victory over the West County Bulldogs. Both teams struggled to find points throughout, but South Iron inched further ahead, with help from an Angel Hampton buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter.

Michaela Ayers led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points while Dori McRaven led the Bulldogs with 11. Panthers head coach Lawrence Graves said they executed their game plan well.

South Iron starts the season at 3-0 while West County is now 2-1.

Bourbon earned the boys championship over the Bunker Eagles 38-29. In another low-scoring affair, Bourbon used some outside shooting to build their lead.

Farris had 22 points to lead all scorers. Mason Davis had the most for Bunker with 13. Warhawks head coach Devon Payne said his boys did well to hang on to the lead late.

Both Bourbon and Bunker are 3-1 to start the season.Earlier in the day, the Jefferson Blue Jays took third place in the girls bracket, defeating the Lesterville Bearcats 60-45. Jenna Courtois led the scoring for the Blue Jays with 29 points.

Courtois was also the Applebee’s player of the game. Jefferson head coach Brandon Joines said his key players bounced back.

Jadyn Fitzgerald led the Bearcats with 22 points. Jefferson improved to 2-1 while Lesterville fell to 1-2.In the boys third place game, the Kingston Cougars edged the Valley Vikings 46-44. Troy Gildehaus was the player of the game, leading Kingston with 20 points.

Michael Presley had 12 points to lead the Vikings. Cougars head coach Paul Hamilton said he’s glad to get a win against a tough Valley team.