In the first of two semifinals heard on J-98 Thursday night, the fourth-seeded North County Raiders girls basketball team upset the top-seeded Ste. Genevieve Dragons by a final score of 40-37.
The contest was close throughout, and the Dragons actually had the lead for much of the second half, thanks in large part to 11 points in the second half alone by sophomore Sydney Bumgardaner.
Bumgardaner finished with a team leading 17 points. For the Raiders, it was a heroic late three-pointer by junior Julia Christopher that finally got North County over the hump for good.
North County improves to 13-6 with the win while Ste. Genevieve drops to 16-4 on the year.In game two of the double header the second-seeded Central Rebels held off the sixth-seeded Potosi Trojans 63-53.
The Rebels took a commanding 22-12 in the opening frame and never looked back from there.
After the game head coach of the Rebels Josh Mapes praised the job his junior guard has done all season, taking over the point duties in a short period of time.