First-round girls' results from US Bank/RHS Holiday Invitational.

The St. James High School girls’ basketball team certainly had the look of the state’s top-ranked team Monday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers are the defending champions of the US Bank/Rolla High School Holiday Invitational. And other first-round winners probably swallowed hard while watching St. James take apart Sedalia Smith-Cotton Monday at the Rolla High gym.

St. James erupted for 31 points in the first period, had 51 by halftime and took a 41-point lead into the fourth period on its way to a 77-31 victory over Smith-Cotton Monday.

In other girls’ bracket first-round games from Monday, it was North County over host Rolla 76-35; Newburg blasted Lindbergh 59-31, and Waynesville held off St. Clair 62-54.

Tuesday at the RHS gym St. Clair meets Smith-Cotton at 2 p.m. and Rolla faces Lindbergh at 3:30 p.m. in consolation games while St. James tests Waynesville at 5 p.m. and North County plays Newburg at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinal games.

Wednesday at S&T’s Bullman Building the seventh-place game is set for 9 a.m. and at the RHS gym the fifth-place game is 9 a.m., the third-place game noon and the championship game 3 p.m.

In Monday’s first-round games:

St. James 77, Smith-Cotton 31
St. James, ranked No. 1 in the Missouri Class 3 state poll, improved to 8-0 without much problems on Monday. St. James scored the game’s first eight points.

And it was 21-2 with 3:17 left in the first period after senior guard Lindsay Seams drained a three-pointer. Another three-pointer off the left baseline by junior guard Leslie Perona ended the first period and upped St. James’ lead to 31-10.

Senior guard Ashlee Marlatt took a pass from senior guard Alexis Uffmann to convert a layup with 1:42 left in the second period to give STJ its largest lead of the first half, 48-15.

It was 51-21 at halftime.

St. James outscored Sedalia 17-6 in the third period to grab a 68-27 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Devin Fuhring, a 5-10 sophomore forward, had 25 points and four steals for the winners while Marlatt finished with 20 points, Uffmann had eight assists and junior guard Shauna Rinehart five assists.

St. James converted 10 three-point field goals - four by Marlatt.

Kirby Lewellyn, a senior guard, had 13 points for Smith-Cotton, now 2-8.

North County 76, Rolla 35
North County head coach Joe Arnold, a 1977 graduate of Rolla High, returned to his former home gym and kept the Lady Bulldogs winless.

Rolla gave the North County Raiders a fight over the first half. North County could grab just a seven-point lead after the first period.

Rolla was outscored 17-8 in the second quarter and went into halftime down 31-15.

The Raiders pulled away with a 28-point third period. It was 59-31 entering the fourth quarter.

Caroline Victor, a 5-7 junior forward, had seven points to lead Rolla, now 0-8.

Four players scored in double figures for North County, now 8-3, led by 5-10 junior forward Emily Eaton with 22 points and 5-10 sophomore Holly Forbes with 17.

Newburg 59, Lindbergh 31
The Newburg Lady Wolves fired out to a 20-8 lead after the first period and was in control the rest of the way.

Newburg outscored the Lindbergh Flyers 14-8 in the second period to take a 34-16 halftime edge. The Lady Wolves pulled away by outscoring Lindbergh 17-4 over the third quarter.

Senior forward Whitney Sands netted 15 points - 11 in the second half - and six rebounds to lead Newburg while sophomore guard McKayla Callahan hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points; sophomore guard Riley Guffey added 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals, and sophomore guard Mychaela Van Pelt had five assists.

Kavia Krell, a junior guard, had 10 points for Lindbergh, now 1-7.

Waynesville 62, St. Clair 54
In the only first-round game not a blowout, Waynesville led 12-11 after the first period and held a slim lead most of the game. The Waynesville Lady Tigers led 26-22 at halftime and went into the third period up 39-36.

Waynesville outscored the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs 23-18 in the fourth period to keep its lead.

Kallie Bildner, a 6-3 junior forward, erupted for 28 points - including eight in the fourth period - to power Waynesville, now 4-4.

Freshman Reese Arnold had 12 points to pace a balanced attack for St. Clair, now 5-2.

Scoring
St. James 77, Sedalia 31
St. James (8-0): Uffmann 3-0-8, Fuhring 10-4-25, Perona 2-0-5, Guese 3-0-6, Seams 2-1-6, Marlatt 8-0-20, Rinehart 3-0-7, Totals 31-5-77.
Smith-Cotton (2-8): Coble 1-0-2, Lewellyn 5-0-13, Williams 1-0-3, Tumlinson 1-0-3, Hoover 1-0-2, Christian 2-0-4, Perkins 2-0-4, Totals 13-0-31.

North County 76, Rolla 35
Rolla (0-8): Phenix 1-0-2, Walters 2-2-6, Dupes 2-1-5, Studdard 1-0-3, Victor 3-0-7, Dillon 0-2-2, Morris 2-0-4, Parsons 1-4-6, Totals 12-9-35.
North County (8-3): Peacock 1-0-2, Parker 3-1-7, Eaton 8-4-22, Falls 5-1-11, Kekec 3-6-12, Forbes 6-5-17, Kay 2-0-5, Totals 28-17-76.

Newburg 59, Lindbergh 31
Newburg (5-3): Guffey 4-1-10, Van Pelt 1-2-4, Callahan 4-3-14, Suschanke 0-1-1, Austin 4-1-9, Black 1-1-3, Dondlinger 1-1-3, Sands 6-3-15, Totals 21-13-59.
Lindbergh (1-7): Bilyeu 1-3-5, Harmon 1-0-2, S. Krell 3-1-7, K. Krell 2-6-10, Schraut 2-1-5, Nickel 1-0-2, Totals 10-11-31.

Waynesville 62, St. Clair 54
Waynesville (4-4): Bildner 10-8-28, Stoddard 3-0-6, Shoulders 3-0-6, Kizzee 2-5-9, Stone 4-3-11, Pilz 1-0-2, Totals 23-16-62.
St. Clair (5-2): Presley 3-2-8, Wachter 4-1-11, R. Arnold 3-3-12, Guehne 5-0-10, Hinson 1-2-4, J. Arnold 2-3-7, Tucker 1-0-2, Totals 19-11-54.