South Iron Sweeps Championship Night at Central

(Park Hills) The  South Iron boys and girls swept the championship trophies at the 66th annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament on J-98.

In the Girl’s Championship, The South Iron Lady Panthers scored the first 10 points against Steelville and never looked back en route to their first tournament title 62-48. The Panthers led 30-16 at the half and pushed the lead to as many as 23 in the second half. Junior point guard Madison Ayers led the charge with 21 points and six steals….

South Iron coach Lawrence Graves tells us what the win means for his program…

The third-ranked team in Class One, South Iron remains undefeated at 9-0. Steelville is ranked 9th in Class Three. They exit the tournament at 9-4.

For the Boys’ Championship, the Panthers defeated the Festus Tigers 78-66 for their 3rd straight championship at the Central Christmas Tournament in Park Hills.

It was a tight first quarter, but the Panthers were able to pull away just a little bit before halftime, leading by 11. Festus would claw back and make it a single-digit game in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers would manage the Tiger comeback and pull away.

The dynamic duo of Drenin Dinkins (27) and DJ Prater (24) combined for 51 points and Dinkins was able to make this ridiculous shot at the end of the third quarter.

Boys Coach Dusty Dinkins says he’s proud of his team.

The top team in Class One improves to 11-2 while Festus falls to 8-3.


The Central Boys and Girls both took the third-place games at T.J. Foulon Fieldhouse.

The Lady Rebels beat Potosi in the girl’s third-place game 59-46. Potosi took an early six-point lead, but Central surged in front with a 9-0 run. Central led the entire second half by as many as 13. Potosi closed to within two at one point, but never could even it up.

Madison Holmes paced the Rebel attack with 16 points and got some key contributions from some young players.

Girls Coach Josh Mapes says Holmes is a good senior leader…

Central closes the tournament at 8-2. Potosi falls to 7-4.

The boys Rebels squad took down the North County Raiders 60-50.

Both teams came out with great energy, but it was the Rebels that were able to stretch the lead to double digits after a huge second quarter. Central didn’t give up any ground in the second half until the clock showed zeroes. Rebels star guard Jobe Bryant returned to form Friday night and led the way with 27 points.

But Bryant wasn’t done with the highlight material.

North County Junior’s Layne Wigger (21 points) and Jobe Smith (14 points) had great performances in the third-place matchup as well.

Central improves their record to 8-2 and the Raiders lose their second in a row, falling to 5-6.

In the other games

Fredericktown 48

Fredericktown 35

Steelville 50

Coach Interviews…

Dusty Dinkins:

Jason Therrell:

Jimmy Palmer:

Lawrence Graves:

Josh Mapes:

Allie Golden:

Full Game Audio:

Boys Championship:

Girls Championship

Boys Third Place

Girls Third Place