High school roundup: New Salem boys basketball team captures state title

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Paul Hale, center, stands with Scott County Central superintendent Al McFerren, right, and coach Ronnie Cookson during a ceremony to retire Hale's No. 25 jersey Saturday at Scott County Central High School. Check out more photos from the game in our gallery at semoball.com. (Fred Lynch)

New Salem needed overtime, but it was worth the wait.

The Eagles defeated Rivers of Life 60-55 to capture the Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association's 1A state title in boys basketball Saturday.

Josh Davault hit a jumper with 10.8 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Eagles outscored Rivers of Life 7-2 in overtime.

Davault, who was selected to the all-state first team, had 35 points and 18 rebounds in the win.

Scott County Central's Stewart Johnson shoots against Maplewood Richmond Heights' Corey Frazier during the fourth quarter Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Scott County Central. (Fred Lynch)

Paulie Barber had 14 rebounds and eight points, while John Bucholtz, earned all-state second team honors, added eight points.

The Eagles ended their season with a 10-11 record.

New Salem121113177--60
Rivers of Life13313242--55

NEW SALEM (60) -- John Bucholtz 8, Michael Bucholtz 4, Josh Davault 35, Bradley Long 5, Paulie Barber 8. FG 25, FT 9-16, F 15. (3-pointers: Long 1. Fouled out: none)

RIVERS OF LIFE (55) -- Ralph Bellamy 9, Kwane Thomas 18, Tre Ford 20, Darius Thompson 4. FG 22, FT 7-15, F 17. (3-pointers: Ford 4. Fouled out: none)

Scott County Central 89, Maplewood 55

The Braves cruised to victory on their home court.

The school retired the numbers of former players Paul Hale (No. 25) and Gary Owens (No. 21) during a ceremony at halftime.


St. Vincent 54, Valle Catholic 21

Storm French just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Indians' win.

Courtney Heberlie added 11 points and Chelsie Boxdorfer chipped in 10 points for St. Vincent (17-5).

The Indians return to action Wednesday when they travel to Scott City.

St. Vincent1322118--54

VALLE CATHOLIC (21) -- Gretchen Koller 7, Haylie Reynolds 8, Katie Bader 4, Natalie Grass 2. FG 8, FT 3-9, F 7. (3-pointers: Reynolds 2. Fouled out: none)

ST. VINCENT (54) -- Chelsie Boxdorfer 10, Courtney Heberlie 11, Dani Hogard 2, Kayla Seabaugh 4, Storm French 14, Kelci Besand 2, Katie Mattingly 2, Kali Wingerter 9. FG 23, FT 4-8, F 8. (3-pointers: Boxdorfer 1, Heberlie 3. Fouled out: none)

-- From staff reports

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