CAPE GIRARDEAU - Notre Dame had a strong second half surge and defeated Perryville 52-42 in the first round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame Regional High School Monday night.
Notre Dame outscored Perryville 32-23 after scoring just 20 points in the first half.
"We had a lot of good looks that we just didn't finish," Bulldogs coach Darrin Scott said.
Scott said the team didn't make many second half adjustments. "I didn't feel like our problem was the shots we were getting, we just needed to slow down and keep our composure," Scott said.
The Bulldogs (6-19) scored just three points in the second quarter but held their opponent to six.
"We had a lot of intensity defensively tonight," Scott said.
Bryce Willen led Notre Dame with 18 points, and John Eric Klein scored 14. Klein has stepped up in the last few games for Notre Dame.
"That's been big for us having another scorer," Scott said.
Notre Dame will play Dexter in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
OAK RIDGE - Oak Ridge outscored Meadow Heights 38-25 in the second half and upset the Panthers at home. Austin Moorison led Oak Ridge (5-17) with 16 points.
Austin Hahs poured in 13, Terry Bogenpohl had 12 and Brian Ruesler added 10. Anthony Bollinger led Meadow Heights with 14 points, and Heath Fulton added 11.
FARMINGTON - For the third straight meeting, Jackson's girls basketball team struggled early with rival Central.
But on Tuesday at the Farmington Civic Center, the Indians recovered in time once again and routed the Tigers 42-19 in the Class 5, District 1 semifinals.
The top-seeded Indians improved to 23-3 and will face No. 2 Poplar Bluff in the finals at 6 p.m. Thursday. Central ended its season 6-19.
"You'd think we'd have learned from the other two, but it didn't look like we did," Jackson coach Sam Sides said.
The Tigers came out fired up, getting an early steal and causing problems for Jackson on the offensive end with physical play. Erica Schabbing put the Tigers ahead 2-0 with an early basket, and Megan McDonald gave Central another lead at 4-3 minutes later.
Jackson used an 8-2 run to open up an 11-6 lead, but a late McDonald 3-pointer cut the lead to 12-11 at the end of one quarter. Central used its first-quarter momentum to grab the lead 14-12 on a McDonald 3-pointer to start the second.
"They were ready to play and we weren't," Sides said of the early going.
McDonald's 3-pointer woke up the Indians. Jackson turned up its intensity on defense, applying full-court pressure which caused numerous second-quarter turnovers.
While the Indians were not hitting shots from the outside, they used interior players Bobbie Jones and Ashley Bartels to spark their run. By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Jones and Bartels had scored 10 points, and the Indians led 25-14.
"We recovered in the second half, and that's what matters," Bartels said.
Even though Jackson's offense continued to have its share of struggles in the second half, the Indians were not threatened. Central managed just two field goals the entire second half and suffered two nine-minutes scoreless stretches in the game.
"It took us a long time, but a lot of that comes from Cape's play," Sides said of his team's ability to take control of the game.
Bartels led all scorers with 15 points, and Jones added 12. Jackson's three starting guards managed just 12 points combined.
"When the outside shots aren't falling, we can go to the inside shots which are a lot higher percentage," Bartels said.
McDonald, Central's lone senior, led the Tigers with eight points. Sides said he hopes his team is a lot more ready to play on Thursday.
"I told them in the lockerroom, 'If we don't play better Thursday, our season's over,'" he said.
MARBLE HILL - Freshman Cortney Glastetter led Woodland to a home win.
The Cardinals (8-14) honored their lone senior Kandice Abner with an 11-9 fourth quarter advantage to edge the Red Devils.
Natalie Townsend led Chaffee with 12 points.
DELTA - Delta won its final home game of the season with a rout.
Delta (17-5) held a 20-point lead by the end of the first quarter and led 39-7 by halftime.
Shea Smith scored a game-high 18 points for the Bobcats and Kacie Menz was right behind with 17.
Delta closes its regular season Thursday at Scott County Central.
Valle 50, Scott City 41
STE. GENEVIEVE - Scott City was outscored in the final quarter 20-8 and fell on the road to Valle.
Amanda Raines and Christy Laxton led Scott City (11-10) in a losing effort with 12 points each.
Valle beat Scott City on the free throw line.
Scott City was just 1-of-11 from the line and Valle (22-1) was 13-of-20, and 10-of-16 in the final quarter.