The St. Mary’s girls basketball team has waited a long time for a conference title.

So just grabbing a share of it is good enough for the Trojans.

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team has waited a long time for a conference title.
So just grabbing a share of it is good enough for the Trojans.
St. Mary’s bolted to a 19-8 first-quarter lead and held on to beat visiting Barstow 52-44 Friday night at home to tie the Knights for the Crossroads Conference crown.
“A tie for the title is better than no title,” St. Mary’s coach Krista Daniels said after her team finished 8-2 in the conference like Barstow.
It was the girls team’s first conference title – or share of one – since the 22-4 team from 1993-94 took the Show-Me West Conference crown.
“It was Senior Night, so it was a good way to send off the (five) seniors,” Daniels said. “Their intensity was up the whole game, and that basically won it for us.”
Seniors Katie Smith and Maggie Thomason – despite making just a combined 1 of 11 free throws – each scored 13 points to power the Trojans (18-7). Junior Jolynn Glorioso added eight points, senior Jena Hedrick had seven and senior Tess Hart contributed six.
Rachel Roxburg scored 11 points and Liza Freitag had 10 to pace Barstow (17-6, 8-2).
St. Mary’s opens Class 3 District 15 play at 5:30 p.m. Monday against Higginsville at Richmond High School. The Trojans will seek to avenge a first-round loss to Higginsville in last year’s district tournament.

BOYS
BARSTOW 68, ST. MARY’S 47: St. Mary’s kept it close for just more than a quarter but Barstow (21-3, 8-2) pulled away for a Crossroads Conference win.
“We had them to within 19-17, but in the second quarter we couldn’t hit any shots and turned the ball over, and that’s where the game turned on us,” St. Mary’s coach Byron Jones said.
Paul Baker and Michael Monteleone each scored 12 points to lead the Trojans, who finished the regular season at 10-15 overall and 2-8 in the league.
The St. Mary’s junior varsity prevailed 60-56 to finish its season with a 14-4 record.
VAN HORN 58, UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 41: Van Horn tried to slow down University Academy in the first half. Then it tried to speed up the Gryphons in the fourth quarter.
Neither approach was enough as the Falcons fell to 3-20 overall with a loss in their regular-season finale.
Despite five 3-pointers off the bench by Kyle Davis, who finished with a team high 15 points, Van Horn couldn’t overcome a 26-15 halftime deficit.
“We tried to slow them down and make them earn it in the first half, and did a good job at it,” Van Horn coach Mickey Murray said. “We felt like we were in it, so we just decided to open it up in the fourth quarter but they stayed with us.”
University Academy outscored the Falcons 24-20 in the final period.
P.J. Kapono added 11 points for Van Horn, which meets sixth-ranked Hogan Prep in the first round of the Class 3 District 14 Tournament at Holden High School.