(Park Hills) It’s a jam packed day of broadcast action from the Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament. We’ll start our coverage of the girls semifinals on the MyMoInfo SportStream at 11:45 this morning. Top seeded Central takes on fifth seeded Arcadia Valley. The Tigers are hoping for a revenge tour of sorts. AV has lost to three teams so far this year: South Iron, Central and Ste. Genevieve. They avenged their loss to South Iron by taking down the Panthers by 10 in the first round. The semis will be a taller task as Central beat AV by 30 in a previous match up. Senior standout Gracee Smith is hoping they fare better the second time around.
AV coach Ricky Turnbough says Central’s strength is their entire team.
Central is undefeated at 7-0 with their closest game a 31 point runaway. Rebels coach Josh Mapes has seen Arcadia Valley improve here early in the season.
The Rebels received a bye in the first round.
Ste. Genevieve looms as the #2 seed in the other semifinal against #3 Steelville. These two teams played in the title game last year with the Dragons prevailing in double overtime. Ste. Gen knocked off Potosi in the first round and improved to 3-2, while Steelville beat Fredericktown and stands at 8-2. Cardinals head coach Seth Collins says he hopes to duplicate last years competitive game, but this time with a different outcome.
The tournament takes about an hour break and then resumes with four boys quarterfinal games. We’ll pick up coverage of the those four games on J-98 at 3:45.