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(Park Hills) The T.J. Foulon Fieldhouse hosts six games to start the Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament Saturday and we’ll have all the action on J-98.

First up it’s #4 South Iron vs. #5 Arcadia Valley on the girls side with #1 Central getting an automatic bye to the semi finals. These two teams have already met once this season with the Lady Panthers winning 57-45. South Iron head coach Lawrence Graves says the Lady Tigers are hard to defend against with the likes of Gracee Smith.

Head coach for the Lady Tigers Ricky Turnbough says his team needs one thing to get better during the Christmas tournament.

#4 South Iron (6-1) vs. #5 Arcadia Valley (4-3) tips off at 10:30 with pregame coverage starting at 10:15 Saturday morning.

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Game number two on the girls side features the defending champs in #2 Ste. Genevieve vs. #7 Potosi. The Lady Dragons lost two of their first three games, but looked dominant in beating Arcadia Valley last time out. Coach Jordanna Walk-Robison says Potosi won’t give them any possessions off.

The Potosi girls lost their first four games, but won their last two and come in at 2-4. Tip time is 12 noon for the Dragons (2-2) and Trojans (2-4).

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The final girls game of day one will feature #3 Steelville and #6 Fredericktown. Steelville fell in the championship last year in double overtime to Ste. Gen and head coach Seth Collins knows Fredericktown is going to give them a challenge in game number one.

Fredericktown has only played two games so far this season due to a COVID issue knocking them out for a couple of weeks and head coach Scott Davis says it’s set them back a month or so in terms of progression.

#3 Steelville (7-2) vs. #6 Fredericktown (1-1) will tip off at approximately 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

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Similarly to the girls side, the #1 South Iron Panthers will move on to the quarterfinals with Herculaneum unable to play. That means game one on the boys side will feature #8 Festus (5-2) and #9 Fredericktown (7-1). The Tigers have played a tough schedule to start the season, but still find themselves with a solid record. Head coach Jason Therrell says there is one main thing that worries him when preparing for Fredericktown.

Fredericktown could very well be 8-0 if it weren’t for a late comeback by Lesterville in the AV Thanksgiving tournament to start the season. Head coach Joaby Sikes says his squad is still just working on fine tuning themselves.

#8 Festus (5-2) vs. #9 Fredericktown (7-1) will tip off at 5:30 Saturday evening.

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Game number two on the boys pits a good Ste. Genevieve team against the Central JV squad who had to fill in last minute for Arcadia Valley. #4 Ste. Genevieve already owns one tournament championship at Sullivan from earlier this season. The Dragons are 4-3 and coach Rob Coleman says when they are playing well they defend and are hard to defend.

#4 Ste. Genevieve (4-3) vs. #13 Central JV will tip off around 7 Saturday night.

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The night cap of day one features #5 Farmington (5-1) and #12 Potosi (5-3). Knights head coach Terry Noble says they are certainly not overlooking the Trojans at #12.

Potosi boys coach Jackson Conaway says Farmington is big and aggressive.

#5 Farmington (5-1) and #12 Potosi (5-3) tip off around 8:30 Saturday night to round out day one of the Central Christmas Tournament.

We’ll have all the games on J-98, starting with your Fliegs Equipment pregame show at 10:15.

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