(HILLSBORO, Mo.) The third seeded Central Rebels and the second seeded Francis Howell Central Spartans punched their ticket to the semifinals of the 62nd annual Gene Steighorst Tournament from Hillsboro High School Tuesday night in first round games heard on KJFF.
Francis Howell Central (1-1) kicked the night off with a big win over the seventh seeded Northwest Lions 62-31. The game was tied at 18 at the end of the first quarter, but the Spartans shut the Lions out in the second quarter and built their lead from there…+++
Guard Kaleb Anderson finished as the leading scorer for the Spartans with a game high 17 points. Head coach Larry Anders thought his team played well once his team got going after starting off sluggish…+++
Northwest managed just 13 points in the final three quarters after putting up 18 in the first quarter. The Lions were held without a point for over ten minutes.+++
Head coach Buddy Sodemann said his team executed their gameplan in the first quarter, but fell off after…+++
Game two saw Central (1-1) and the sixth seeded Windsor Owls (1-3) play tight basketball for a half with Central taking a 24-17 lead into the break. However, the Rebels turned it on out of the break led by sophomore Brent Wagner en route to a 62-28 victory…+++
Wagner finished with 16 points on the night while senior Wade Scherffius added 14 points. The Rebels limited the Owls to just 11 points in the second half turning up the defensive tempo forcing the Owls into several miscues.+++
Central head coach Adam Barton said he pushed his team at the half…+++
The semifinals are set as Central will take on Francis Howell Central, and the number one seeded Hillsboro Hawks will take on the fourth seeded Festus Tigers on Friday night. KJFF will bring you all the semifinal action.+++
The consolation bracket is also set and will be played on Wednesday night. The fifth seeded DeSoto Dragons will play the eighth seeded Seckman Jaguars, while the Northwest Lions will play the Windsor Owls.