South Iron Sweeps Championship Night at Central
(Park Hills) The boys and girls of South Iron took home championship trophies at the 66th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament on J-98.
In the women’s championship, the South Iron Lady Panthers scored the first 10 points against Steelville and never looked back en route to their first 62-48 tournament title. The Panthers were leading 30-16 at the half and pushed the lead to 23 in the second half. Junior point guard Madison Ayers led the charge with 21 points and six interceptions….
South Iron coach Lawrence Graves tells us what winning means for his program…
The third-ranked team in Class 1, South Iron remains unbeaten at 9-0. Steelville is ranked 9th in class three. They leave the tournament at 9-4.
For the boys’ championship, the Panthers beat the Festus Tigers 78-66 for their third straight championship at the Central Christmas Tournament in Park Hills.
It was a tight first quarter, but the Panthers managed to pull away a bit before half-time, leading by 11. Festus would recover and make it a single-digit game in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers would handle the Tiger come back and move away.
The dynamic duo of Drenin Dinkins (27) and DJ Prater (24) combined for 51 points and Dinkins managed to pull off that ridiculous shot at the end of the third quarter.
Boys’ coach Dusty Dinkins says he’s proud of his team.
The best team in Class 1 improves to 11-2 while Festus drops to 8-3.
The Central Boys and Girls both won third place matches at TJ Foulon Fieldhouse.
The Lady Rebels beat Potosi in the girls’ third place game 59-46. Potosi took a six-point lead early on, but Central took the lead with a 9-0 run. Central led the entire second half until 13. Potosi came close to two at one point, but never got to draw.
Madison Holmes punctuated the rebel attack with 16 points and secured 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 Rebels’ men’s team defeated the North County Raiders 60-50.
Both teams came out with a lot of energy, but it was the Rebels who managed to push their lead to double digits after a huge second quarter. Central did not give up any ground in the second half until the clock showed zeros. Star rebel goaltender Jobe Bryant returned to form on Friday night and led the way with 27 points.
But Bryant was not done with the highlighting material.
North County Junior’s Layne Wigger (21 points) and Jobe Smith (14 points) also had excellent performances in the third place game.
Central improved to 8-2 and the Raiders lost their second in a row, falling to 5-6.
In other games
BOYS OF CONSOLATION
5th PLACE BOYS
Coach interviews …
Full game audio:
Third place boys
Girls Third Place