St. Joseph basketball teams had a double-championship night Saturday at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center, both win wins over Hector.
The girls took the 2A-4 East title with a 44-40 victory.
The boys won 56-50.
In a back-and-forth contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 18 of 23 free throws to rally from s 37-25 third-quarter deficit to the 44-40 victory.
Rachel Briggler led with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Anna Mayor added 12 points and six rebounds. Megan Briggler had 10 points and Taylor Womack, seven rebounds.
“What a great game for the district title!” said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. “Both teams played very hard and very well. We played well on defense and executed on offense. We did a good job at the end of the game converting our free throws.”
In Friday’s semifinals, St. Joseph broke from an 18-18 tie at the half to a 43-30 victory over Quitman.
Megan Briggler had 15 points and six rebounds and Mayor had 10 points. Madeline Moix had eight points. Rachel Briggler had four points, four assists and five steals. Womack had four points. Abby Kordsmeier had four rebounds and two steals. Monica Davanzo had five rebounds and two steals.
“We had a good defensive effort.” said Kordsmeier. “Quitman has a lot of size and we had to do a good job of rebounding. We executed much better on offense the second half.”
Drake Cooper scored 19 points in leading a balanced effort in the Bulldogs’ victory.
Nash Nichols had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Taylor Schrekenhofer had 11 points, seven rebounds two assists and two steals. Dylan Schrekenhofer had six points and five rebounds. William Fields had five points, three steals and three assists. Jason Thielke had two steals.
“I’m so proud of my boys; they played with a lot of heart and determination all game long,” said coach Brent Bruich. “They did a great job of executing on both ends of the floor.
“We can enjoy it for a little while. It’s a one-game season beginning with our next game (in the regional tournament at Eureka Springs). We must be ready mentally and physically.”
In the semifinals, St. Joseph downed Bigelow, 52-42.
Cooper had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Dylan Schrkenhofer added nine points and five rebounds. Nichols had eight points and six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Fields had six points and three assists. Taylor Schrekenhofer had four assists.
“The boys came out fired and ready,” Bruich said. “We got into serious foul trouble in the second quarter and I was proud of the guys who came off the bench and gave us some good minutes. We got lax at times and got sloppy and we can’t do that.”
Before Tuesday’s home game against county rival Greenbrier, the Vilonia girls clinched the regular-season 5A-West title and a No. 1 seeding in the state tournament with a 53-41 victory over Alma at Alma.
Vilonia started the game hot as they built a 19-9 first quarter lead. From that point, the game fluctuated between a 10- and 15-point lead for the Lady Eagles. Vilonia lead 30-20 at the half and 41-27 after three quarters. Sydney Wader led in scoring with 14 points and rebounds with 13. Audrey Moran had 13 points and Hannah Schnebelen and McKenzie Morris added eight points each.
The victory puts the Lady Eagles playing in the state tournament Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in Alma, probably against Nettleton.
Tuesday will be Senior Night at Vilonia. Both JV teams will play beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Senior Night ceremony, then the girls varsity game at 6 p.m.