In semifinal win over Waynesville.

The St. James High School girls’ basketball team used a dominating performance Tuesday to return to the championship game of the US Bank/Rolla High Holiday Invitational girls’ basketball tournament.

The Lady Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the Missouri Class 3 state poll, remained undefeated by blasting Waynesville 67-30 in semifinal play Tuesday.
In the other semifinal game Tuesday North County whipped Newburg 59-37.

In consolation games from Tuesday Lindbergh defeated Rolla 55-44 and St. Clair beat Sedalia Smith-Cotton 75-33.

The tournament was to wrap up Wednesday. In the seventh-place game at S&T’s Bullman Building Wednesday, Rolla was to play Smith-Cotton at 9 a.m. And at the RHS gym it was St. Clair vs. Lindbergh in the fifth-place game at 9 a.m., Waynesville vs. Newburg in the third-place game at noon and St. James vs. North County in the championship game at 3 p.m.

St. James 67, Waynesville 30
Waynesville managed just one field goal in the first period while St. James roared out to a 17-3 advantage entering the second quarter.

St. James, now 9-0, was in control the rest of the way. It was 31-17 at halftime. And in the third quarter St. James outscored Waynesville 29-8 to take a 60-25 advantage into the final period. St. James was able to limit Waynesville’s 6-3 standout forward Kallie Bildner - the leading scorer and rebounder in the field - to just six second-half points.

Sophomore forward Devin Fuhring paced St. James with 21 points while senior guard Ashlee Marlatt hit three-pointers and had 17 points and junior guard Shauna Rinehart added 13 points. In all St. James netted eight 3-pointers.

Sophomore forward Bree Stoddard led Waynesville, 4-5, with 10 points.
North County 59, Newburg 37

The North County Raiders started fast and went on to knock off the Newburg Lady Wolves.

North County, now 9-3, blew out to a 14-4 lead after the first period and then outscored Newburg 16-8 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 30-12.

The two teams split 34 third-quarter points and North County headed into the fourth period up 47-29.

Sophomore guard Riley Guffey had 13 points, four assists, seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Lady Wolves, now 5-4.

Sophomore forward Holly Forbes had 17 points while senior forward Marianna Falls had 13 points and senior guard Kourtney Kekec 11 points for North County.

Lindbergh 55, Rolla 44
The host Rolla Lady Bulldogs were in position to post their first victory of the season, with the game tied at halftime. However, the Lindbergh Flyers outscored RHS 16-6 in the third period to take the lead for good.

The Flyers, now 2-7, went on a 8-0 run to start the game. But behind junior forward Sabrina Morris Rolla chipped away and had its deficit down to 14-11 by the end of the first quarter.

And the Lady Bulldogs scored the first eight points of the second period to charge into the lead. A layup by Morris at the 6:39 mark gave RHS a 19-14 edge.

Rolla would hold the lead for the rest of the half until Lindbergh hit a pair of free throws with :17 left, tying the game 29-29 at intermission.

Lindbergh took control with its strong third period, and a layup by 6-0 sophomore forward Anna Nickel at the :05 mark gave the Flyers a 45-35 edge heading into the fourth quarter.

Morris finished with 17 points while sophomore guard Kelly Dupes added 13 for Rolla, now 0-9.

Junior guard Kavita Krell hit four 3-pointers and had a game-high 22 points for Lindbergh while freshman guard Sejal Krell added 15.

St. Clair 75, Sedalia 33
The St. Clair Lady Bulldogs charged out to a 22-8 lead after the first period and was in charge the rest of the way. The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers were outscored 17-9 in the second quarter and went into halftime down 39-17.

St. Clair pulled away with a 22-point third period to go into the fourth quarter up 61-27.

Four players scored in double figures for St. Clair, now 6-2, led by sophomore guard Kelsey Wachter with 14 points.

Sophomore guard Alicia Huse had 10 points for Smith-Cotton, now 2-9.

St. James 67, Waynesville 30
St. James (9-0): Uffmann 0-1-1, Fuhring 7-5-21, Keeney 2-0-4, Guese 3-2-8, Seams 1-0-3, Marlatt 6-2-17, Rinehart 5-1-13, Totals 24-11-67.

Waynesville (4-5): Bildner 2-2-6, Stoddard 4-2-10, Shoulders 1-1-3, Kizzee 1-0-2, Stone 3-1-9, Totals 11-6-30.

North County 59, Newburg 37
Newburg (5-4): Guffey 3-5-13, Van Pelt 0-1-1, Callahan 0-5-5, Austin 1-0-2, Black 0-3-3, Brookshire 0-2-2, Dondlinger 1-2-4, Sands 2-3-7, Totals 7-21-37.
North County (9-3): Parker 1-0-2, Binkard 1-0-2, Eaton 2-5-9, Falls 6-1-13, Kekec 3-3-11, Hammack 1-1-3, Forbes 4-9-17, Ky 1-0-2, Totals 19-19-59.

Lindbergh 55, Rolla 44
Rolla (0-9): Walters 1-1-3, Dupes 4-5-13, Studdard 1-0-3, Dillon 1-0-2, Morris 6-5-17, Parsons 3-0-6, Totals 16-11-44.
Lindbergh (2-7): Bilyeu 0-2-2, Anthonies 4-0-8, Harmon 0-1-1, S. Krell 5-5-15, K. Krell 4-10-22, Schraut 0-1-1, Nickel 3-0-6, Totals 16-19-55.

St. Clair 75, Sedalia 33
St. Clair (6-2): Cokley 2-0-4, Presley 0-1-1, Wachter 5-3-14, R. Arnold 3-1-9, Guehne 3-2-8, Hinson 3-6-12, J. Arnold 3-6-13, Tucker 1-0-2, Murphy 3-6-12, Totals 23-25-75.
Smith-Cotton (2-9): Coble 1-0-2, Lewellyn 0-2-2, Williams 1-0-2, Tumlinson 3-0-7, Huse 2-6-10, Garcia 0-1-1, Perkins 3-3-9, Totals 10-12-33.