Vashon and John Burroughs saw their basketball teams advance to the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 quarterfinals, while Duchesne fell in a hotly contested Class 3 semifinal Thursday afternoon in Springfield, Missouri. teams are looking to click on their Springfield tickets.
At JQH Arena in Springfield, Duchesne fell in the state semifinal against Charleston 56-53 on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers trailed the Blue Jays by double digits at one point in the second quarter to battle to trail 33-30 late in the first half. Duchesne opened the third period on a 6-2 run to take a 36-35 midway through the stanza, but Charleston responded with a run on his side to take a 43-41 lead in the fourth quarter. The Blue Jays held on to their lead in the period to hold off the Pioneers and advance to the state title game. Ethan Kessell led Duchesne’s offense with 17 points while Cam Lee contributed 12 in the loss. Duchesne will play in the Class 3 third-place game Friday at noon against Thayer.
In Class 4 women’s section action, John Burroughs held off a frantic comeback attempt by Cardinal Ritter in the final quarter to defeat the Lions 64-60 and advance to the quarter-finals on Saturday. After three quarters, the Bombers held a 51-41 advantage and had to hold on as Cardinal Ritter edged John Burroughs 19-13 in the fourth period to claim the victory. Allie Turner led the Bombers with 21 points and nine rebounds, with Sydney Starks adding 12 points to push Burroughs into the quarterfinals.
In the boys’ Class 4 section game, Vashon beat MICDS 22-12 in the second quarter to take a 37-25 lead and held on to defeat the Rams 64-49 to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In another Class 4 section match, Lift for Life kept their state title hopes alive with a 65-49 victory over Sullivan. The Hawks led back and forth in victory as they advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight season. Odis Grissom led the way for the Hawks with 16 points while Dennis Olds contributed with 15 in the win.
The MSHSAA quarter-final round takes place on Saturday as nine men’s teams and seven women’s teams look to advance to next weekend’s state final four in Springfield.
On the Class 4 boys side, Lift for Life will take on state-ranked New Madrid County Central at 2:45 p.m. at Jefferson College. The Hawks are looking for their first state title after placing fourth last year in Class 3. Vashon travels to Francis Howell Central to face Mexico at 2:45 p.m. The Wolverines are looking to win their 13th state title and their third in the past four years. .
In the Class 4 Women’s Quarterfinals, John Burroughs is looking to advance to his third last four and first since 2003 as the Bombers travel to Howell Central to face Hallsville on Saturday at 1 p.m.
In Class 5, Webster Groves will face Cape Central at 2:45 p.m. at St. Louis CC-Meramec on Saturday. The Statesmen are looking to win their fifth state title as they attempt to return to the bottom four for the first time since 2018. Cardinal Ritter will face St. Dominic in another Class 5 quarterfinal on Saturday night in Meramec from 7:45 a.m. pm The Lions are looking to win their third straight title and 10th overall.
In Class 5 girls play, Webster Groves joins their men’s team in the quarterfinals as the Statesmen take on Cape Notre Dame on Saturday in Meramec at 1 p.m. Webster Groves beat Cape Notre Dame 45-40 earlier this season at the Nixa Tournament. Whitfield tries to defend his Class 5 title as the Warriors take on Warrenton on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Meramec.
In the Class 6 boys quarterfinal, CBC travels to Lindenwood to take on St. Louis University High in a contest that begins at 2:45 p.m. The Cadets are looking to return to JQH Arena after finishing second in 2019 while the Jr. Bills attempt to make their 16th in the final four in the state. Chaminade and Fort. Zumwalt South travels to the University of Maryville in another quarter-final that begins at 2:45 p.m. The Red Devils placed third last year and are seeking their first state title since 2016. The Bulldogs are looking to play in the state’s final four for the third time. in the history of the school.
In the Class 6 girls’ play, the St. Joe’s Academy Angels take on Jackson at 1 p.m. in Lindenwood. The Angels knocked out the top three seeds last weekend in the district and are looking to get back to the bottom four in state for the 18th time in program history. Incarnate Word is attempting to return to the state’s last four for the 20th time and will look to win its fifth straight title as the Red Knights travel to the University of Maryville to take on Troy on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for over 15 years and has been on Missouri State High School Activities Association championship broadcasts for 11 years. Powers is also part of the Fox 2 Verlo mattress prep area on Friday nights at 10:10 a.m. during football and basketball seasons. If you have a preparatory sports history, please contact Jim at [email protected] Follow Jim on @hssportscaravan