Both the Central boys and girls basketball teams took first place in the 68th annual Bob Seachrist Christmas Tournament Saturday evening. The Lady Rebels played first, and they scored the first 15 against South Iron. Although the Panthers found some rhythm late in the first quarter, Central continued to push the pace.
The Lady Rebels would roll to a 47-46 win. Khloe Dischbein finished the game with 19 points for Central, as Allysa O’Connor and Sidney Miles each added 10 more. South Iron was led in scoring by Anna Parker, who had 21 points. South Iron coach Josh Rainey shared his thoughts after the game.
The Rebels boys team knocked off Farmington 78-61. They had a dominant start of their own.
The Knights faced a big deficit, but Cannon Roth made some key shots in an attempt to rally this team back.
Roth led Farmington with 26 points, and Logan Schaupert added 20 more. For Central, Caden Casey had 29, including five free throws in the fourth quarter, and Jobe Bryant put up 23.
Farmington head coach Garrett Callahan shares his takeaways from the game.
Central head coach Brian Gross describes how his team finished the game, despite a small roster and several players in foul trouble.
The third place games were full of action as well. The Festus Lady Tigers got a close win over the Lady Cats of Fredericktown, as they won a defensive battle 38-36. The score was tied at 20 at the half and went down to the wire.
Festus escaped with the win after Fredericktown missed the game tying free throws. The Lady tigers were led in scoring by Alyzah Skaggs, who had 9 points. The Lady Cats were led by Calie Allgier with nine points.
Festus head coach Jake Hogan says his defense was a factor in the game.
The boys third place game saw the South Iron Panthers handle business against the Hillsboro Hawks, 50-41. A big reason was a bounce-back performance by Marquise Burse.
Burse finished with 22, which led the Panthers. Luka Pool led the Hawks with eight points. South Iron head coach Dusty Dinkins explains what went right for his team.
In the boys bracket, Central placed first, Farmington came in second, South Iron was third, and Hillsboro was in fourth. This was the Rebels boys second straight win. Central’s girls won their bracket, which was their first tournament championship since 2020.
Full Game Audio: Festus vs Fredericktown Girls 3rd Place
Full Game Audio: Hillsboro vs South Iron Boys 3rd Place
Full Game Audio: Central vs South Iron Girls Championship
Full Game Audio: Central vs Farmington Boys Championship
Full Interview: Festus Girls Head Coach Jake Hogan
Full Interview: Fredericktown Girls Head Coach Micah Reutzel
Full Interview: South Iron Boys Head Coach Dusty Dinkins
Full Interview: South Iron Girls Head Coach Josh Rainey
Full Interview: Farmington Boys Head Coach Garrett Callahan
Full Interview: Central Boys Head Coach Brad Gross
Full Interview: Central’s Caden Casey
Full Interview: Central’s Jobe Bryant
Full Interview: Central’s Zach Boyd
Full Interview: Central’s Braydon Berry
Full Interview: Central’s Kannan Harlow