The St. Paul Giants and Lesterville Bearcats split a girl-boy basketball doubleheader Tuesday night.

The Giants earned a 62-54 win over the Bearcats in the girls game.

St. Paul jumped out in front by as much as 21 points in the first half behind opportunistic defense and big shots.

But the Bearcats would claw back.
Lesterville would be get as close as six in the final moments when a senior stepped up for the Giants.

While freshman point guard Brylee Durbin was the Applbee’s Player of the Game with 22 points, Paige Ames added 15.
Giants head coach Andy Sherrill says they were lucky to even have Ames on the floor for the sealing bucket.

St. Paul improves to 6-6 and takes on Scott City Wednesday evening.
Lesterville falls to 7-3.
The Bearcats boys did cruise to a 69-34 win.
A senior guard knocked down a pair of deep shots early.

Holden Laughman finished with 14 points, but the Bearcats dominated from there thanks to senior forward James Gibson.
His game-high 22 points earned him Applebee’s Player of the Game.
Head coach Anthony Caruso says Gibson can be an important piece.

St. Paul falls to 3-11 and will be in action against Calvary Lutheran on Friday night.
Both the Lesterville girls and boys move into Black River League play when they travel to East Carter Thursday.