Tourneys, conference games highlight schedule for area teams
Area basketball teams were involved in tournaments or conference games as teams are gearing up their game in time for
Troy Buchanan’s Ben Chaney drives toward the basket against Francis Howell.
the districts next month.
The Winfield Warriors lost two of three games at Orchard Farm. Four Warriors finished in double figures in a 51-35 win over McCluer South-Berkeley. David Bauer led with 18 points followed by Joel Krato (12 pts.) and Aaron Aubuchon and Jeremiah Duckett with 10 points each. Bauer was also the top rebounder with eight with Aubuchon the assist leader (5). The Warriors built a 40-24 lead over three periods enroute to the win.
Winfield followed that with a 64-58 loss to Affton. Bauer again was the leading scorer with 16 points with Aubuchon and Duckett following with 14 and 13 points each. Duckett was the top rebounder with eight with Aubuchon finishing with eight assists. The Warriors battled back from a 33-18 deficit at half in the third period, outscoring Affton 26-11 to deadlock the score at 44-all. Affton secured the win with a 20-14 edge in scoring in the final period. They then lost 58-53 to Orchard Farm and, returning to the regular season, they got back into the win column with a 72-45 win at Mark Twain.
The Silex Owls lost 57-49 to Silex in a regular season game. Austin Fleming led with 22 points and ten rebounds. Charles Fraction and Kenny Lesley led the Indians with 20 and 18 points each. Fraction had 11 steals and Lesley hauled down 13 rebounds. After the teams played to a 17-17 tie after one period, the Indians used a 16-5 scoring edge in the second period to assume control of the game.
“Elsberry played well,” said Silex Coach Chad Twellman. “We had way too many turnovers to beat a good team. It was also our first game without Ryan (Eisenbath) who may be out for the season with his broken wrist.”
Silex Lady Owls continued their undefeated season with three impressive wins among their highlights. They remain undefeated and ranked first in the state in their class. On Jan. 17, the stepped out of conference play, traveling to New Haven. They returned home with a 46-45 win. Natalie Fleming scored 23 points and had five assists. Leah Miller had 12 points and five rebounds in the win.
“It was a great win on the road against a quality program,” said Coach Robert James. “Aly (Miller) got us out to a quick start running the floor and hitting the offensive glass. We scored 18 points in the first quarter but got into some foul trouble. This made us go to our zone which really slowed the pace of the game and shifted he momentum to New Haven’s favor. The game went back and forth down the stretch. We were able to secure the game in the end with a great defensive stop.”
Two nights later, Fleming scored 30 points and 121 rebounds in a 58-46 win over Sturgeon. Ashley Brown finished with 11 points. Fleming had six assists and Lindsey Barnhart had 10 rebounds.
“This was a hard fought win against a talented and strong Sturgeon team,” said James.” Our effort from the start to the finish was really the difference in us being able to offset our poor shooting from behind the arc. Our seniors set the tone with their toughness and leadership.”
Silex opened the Bowling Green Tournament with a 51-12 win over Van-Far. Fleming led with 17 points and Barnhart followed with 8 points.
“Lindsey had a solid all-around game even though she wasn’t feeling well,” said James. “It was a good game to get everyone in the game and thought our bench was very good.”
In the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament, the Troy Buchanan High Trojans opened with two wins. Senior Landon Mills scorched the nets, finishing with 32 points in a 61-45 win over Ritenour. Kyle Westerman had 11 points. Mills made 11 of 17 attempts from the field including a 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. Chrishawn Torrey led the Huskies with 21 points. Troy pulled away in the final period as they outscored Ritenour 23-14 to secure the win. They followed up with a 75-62 win over Pattonville in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Prior to the tourney, they turned in a strong effort defeating Francis Howell 60-42 in a GAC South divisional game. Ben Chaney and Landon Mills led with 14 points each with JD Powell also in double figures with 10 points. Mills and Chaney had ten and nine rebounds each with Mills leading in assists (5). Michael Glass scored 16 points. Troy built a 29-19 lead at the half and sealed it with a 18-8 edge in the final period.
In girls’ action, Troy Buchanan remained unbeaten in GAC South Division with two wins. In a 40-33 win over Francis Howell, Mimi Henderson and Haley Meyer scored 11 and 10 points each to lead Troy. Carly Harper led the Lady Vikings with 11 points. Troy led 25-12 at the half and off a Howell rally in the second half.
On Jan. 22, Troy posted a 72-42 win over Wentzville Timberland. Meyer and Madeline Thoroughman led Troy with 16 points. Alyssa Schrader scored 13 points. Troy had a strong first half again, racing to a 39-20 lead and stretched it to 63-33 lead after three quarters. Sam Domalewski led Timberland with 23 points.