The defending champion St. James High School girls' basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Potosi Tournament by blasting eighth-seeded Festus 83-26 in first-round action Monday.
Top-seeded St. James, now 3-0, is slated to play fourth-seeded Arcadia Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. Arcadia Valley belted fifth-seeded Fredericktown 60-26 in first-round play Monday.
On Saturday the third-place game is set for 2 p.m. and the championship game for 5 p.m.
The St. James Lady Tigers exploded for 27 first-quarter points on Monday and were in control the rest of the way. It was 55-12 at halftime and 77-16 entering the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Ashlee Marlatt hit four 3-pointers to lead a balanced Lady Tiger attack with 15 points while junior guard Alexis Uffmann had 12 points, nine steals and eight assists; freshman forward Devin Fuhring hit eight-for-eight at the free throw line for 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and senior guard Hannah Perona 10 points.
St. James (83): Marlatt 15, Uffmann 12, Fuhring 12, H. Perona 10, Rinehart 8, Guese 6, Diestelkamp 6, Seams 4, Kean 2.
Festus (26): Oetting 6, White 5, A. Frazier 3, Nickless 2, Beckham 2, Tersch 2, Kinnon 2, Jarvis 2, M. Frazier 2.