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Ste. Genevieve Girls, South Iron Boys are Champs of the Central Christmas Tournament

(PARK HILLS) The 64th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament wrapped up on New Year’s Eve with the championships and 3rd place games.

The South Iron Panthers edged out the Central Rebels 51-50 in the girls third-place game.

The Rebels led by as much as seven in the first half, but a steal and layup by Madison Ayers gave the Panthers a 27-25 lead at halftime.

The game went back and forth all the way, and it was decided on the second-to-last play.

Drew Gayle was named Applebee’s Player of the Game and finished with 10 points.

Panthers head coach Lawrence Graves said his team battle through what he thought was a bit of a sloppy start.

South Iron improves to 8-1 while Central falls to 10-2.

Both teams will play each other again in Park Hills in their next game Monday.The Hillsboro Hawks defeated the North County Raiders 58-44 in the 3rd place game of the Central Christmas Tournament.

Hillsboro had a commanding 1st half lead as the Hawks were up 32-15 after outscoring the Raiders 25-3 in the 2nd quarter.

The Applebee’s Player of the Game was given to Evan Worley behind his 21 points that led the Hawks to victory.

Hillsboro Hawks head coach Dan Johnson talks about the impact of Evan Worley.

Hillsboro improves to 9-3 on the year with the 3rd place title.
North County falls to 5-5.

It was an all-time finish in the girls championship game as the Ste. Genevieve Dragons won the Lady Rebel Christmas Tournament for the first time ever with a thrilling 78-74 win in double overtime over the Steelville Cardinals.

Ste. Genevieve actually had command for most of the first half, leading by as much as 20 points.

But the Cardinals knocked down shot after shot behind the arc, led by Naomi Perkins.

The sophomore stepped up late when the Dragons’ lead was cut to a score.

Steelville had the lead late in the first overtime as well on the strength of Perkins’ 8 three-pointers and 26 points.

But the Applebee’s Player of the Game saved the day for Ste. Genevieve.

Bumgardaner finished with 21 points, and Maci Reynolds had a game-high 27 as the Dragons pulled away in the second OT to win.

Head coach Jordanna Walk-Robison said Steelville made it a game for the ages.

Ste. Genevieve remains undefeated at 9-0 and will next travel to Seckman January 9th.

Steelville falls to 7-2 and will host Belle on Monday.In the boys championship, the South Iron Panthers prevailed 73-57 over the Central Rebels.

The Doe Run Company Play of the Game involved Brock Wakefield and D.J. Prater of the Panthers.

South Iron really put the game to bed in the 4th behind 18 second-half points from sophomore Drenin Dinkins.

Dinkins winds up with Applebee’s Player of the Game with a total of 25 points.
Wakefield had 22.

Panthers head coach Dusty Dinkins is very proud of those two and the rest of the Panther pack.

The South Iron Panthers remain perfect this season with an 11-0 record and a Central Christmas Tournament championships to boot.
The Central Rebels fall to 7-3 to begin 2020.
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