Bootheel Conference Girls Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Results: Holcomb, Malden, Hayti & Caruthersville collect wins

STEELE, Mo. - The semifinals are set at the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament following quarterfinal action Monday night at South Pemiscot High School in Steele.

No. 1 seeded Holcomb will take on No. 4 seeded Caruthersville Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the first semifinal.

The second semifinal between No. 2 seeded Malden and No. 3 seeded Hayti follows Tuesday at about 6:45 p.m.

See Monday's quarterfinal results below:

No. 4 Caruthersville 48, No. 5 Portageville 46

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Caruthersville's Laticia Hamilton attempts a free against Portageville in a quarterfinal of the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament Monday at South Pemiscot High School.

It came down to the final shot but the No. 4 seeded Caruthersville Tigers found a way to edge the No. 5 seeded Portageville Bulldogs 48-46 in what proved to be the closest varsity girls quarterfinal at the Bootheel Conference Tournament Monday.

Portageville (5-12) led 14-7 after one quarter, increased its lead to 26-15 by halftime, and led by as much as 32-18 with 4:23 left in the third quarter. Caruthersville cut the deficit to 36-31 by the end of the third quarter and outscored Portageville 17-10 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.

“We came together,” Caruthersville coach Brad Sneed said. “I told the girls after we fell behind the only way we were going to win was if we came together. The first half we didn’t play together at all but the second half they fought back as a team to get the win.”

Things were tied at 42-all with 3:31 left. Carmella Robinson knocked down a 3 with 2:16 left and Laticia Hamilton followed with 2 with 1:43 left to put Caruthersville on top 47-42.

Garielle Madison, who paced Portageville with 19 points, hit a 2-pointer with 1:04 left to cut the deficit to 47-44 and another 2-pointer with eight seconds left to cut the deficit to 48-46.

The Bulldogs got a shot to tie it up after Robinson missed the front-end of a one-and-one with five seconds left. Portageville managed to push the ball the length of the floor and get the ball in the hands of freshman Hailey Tipler who released a desperation 3-pointer a foot or two behind the 3-point line. But the shot was blocked with about a second remaining and time expired before Portageville could off another shot off.

Hamilton paced the Tigers (7-7) with 19 points. Robinson also finished in double digits with 12 points. Hamilton tallied 13 of her points and Robinson scored seven of her points in the second half.

“We rushed our shots too much in the first half,” Sneed said. “We did a better job of getting good looks and making our shots in the second half. That was a big reason we scored more points.”


PHS 14 12 10 10 - 46

CHS 7 8 16 17 - 48

PORTAGEVILLE (46) - Jauslyn Johnson 3, Akiyah Jordan 4, Garielle Madison 19, Hailey Tipler 6, Amiyah Saxton 10, Jayla Coger 4. FG 20, FT 3/10, F 12. (3-pointers: Saxton 3; Fouled out: None).

CARUTHERSVILLE (48) - Kamaya Battles 2, Britney Jordan 5, Latricia Hamilton 19, Frankel Williams 1, Nybria Carter 5, Carmella Robinson 12, Keara Johnson 4. FG 20, FT 6/16, F 12. (3-pointers: Hamilton 1, Carter 1; Fouled out: Johnson).

No. 1 Holcomb 63, No. 8 South Pemiscot 25

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Holcomb's Bailey Cupples takes a shot in the paint against the South Pemiscot defense in a varsity quarterfinal of the Bootheel Conference basketball tournament Monday at South Pemiscot High School.

The No. 1 seeded Holcomb Hornets built a 24-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and led by double digits the rest of the way as it beat the No. 8 seeded South Pemiscot Bulldogs 63-25 in the first varsity girls quarterfinal Monday at the Bootheel Conference Tournament.

The Hornets (13-6) continued to enjoy success after the first quarter as it padded its lead to 41-15 by halftime and led 48-21 by the end the third quarter on its way to a mercy-rule victory.

“Our focus coming into today was to make sure we played hard all four quarters,” Holcomb coach Alexa Stockton said. “We wanted to outscore them in all four quarters tonight and we were able to do that.”

Junior forward Bailey Cupples and junior guard Macy Houart set the tone early for Holcomb. Cupples recorded 15 of her 22 points and Houart tallied nine of her 24 points in the first quarter.

“They had really good games,” Stockton said. “I put a little pressure on them to perform well tonight. Those two can control a game and I was proud of how well they played tonight.”

JaKailyn Rodgers paced South Pemiscot with 12 points.


SPS 7 8 6 4 - 25

HHS 24 17 7 15 - 63

SOUTH PEMISCOT (25) - Hadley Hoskins 4, JaKailyn Rodgers 12, McKenzie Jordan 3, Kayla Edwards 2, Aliyah Taylor 2, Olivia House 2. FG 9 FT 6/12, F 17. (3-pointers: Jordan 1; Fouled out: Hoskins, Jordan).

HOLCOMB (63) - Sarah Williams 2, Macy Houart 25, Bailey Cupples 22, Alyssa Brown 3, Selena Burress 8, Hannah Burk 1, Kelsi Tucker 2. FG 22, FT 15/19, F 11. (3-pointers: Houart 2, Burress 2; Fouled out: None).

No. 2 Malden 67, No. 7 Senath-Hornersville 57

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Malden's Brydon Maddox (left), Senath-Hornerville's Sarah Garza (middle), and Malden's Arionne Ross eye a rebound in a quarterfinal of the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament Monday at South Pemiscot High School.

The No. 2 seeded Malden Green Wave built a 41-14 lead by halftime and hung on to beat the No. 7 seeded Senath-Hornersville Lions 67-57 in the third quarterfinal Monday at the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament at South Pemiscot High School.

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Malden's Madison Saulsbery (left) drives past Senath-Hornersville's Accountess Lewis in a quarterfinal of the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament Monday night at South Pemiscot High School.

Senath-Hornersville (5-12) managed to cut the deficit as close as nine in the final minute of regulation after trailing by as much as 27 points in the first half.

“We came out with a hot start and then the roles were reversed in the second half,” Malden coach Josh Herring said. “They didn’t play just hero ball against us they just did things right the second half. We just couldn’t stop them from penetrating on us. They got runners to fall and then we would put them on the free-throw line. When that happens four or five trips in a row a big lead can shrink real fast and that’s what happened to us late.”

Senior forward Aubry Jones, senior guard Abby Vilchis, and senior forward Hannah Johnson heated up in the second half for the Lions. Jones scored a dozen of her team-high 18 points in the second half, Vilchis recorded nine of her 12 points in the second half, and Johnson tallied all nine of her points in the third quarter.

Four players scored in double digits for Malden (9-9). Junior forward Madison Saulsbery paced the Green Wave with 20 points. Malden sophomore guard Mallory Perkins added 14 points, senior guard Shamya Dobbins contributed a dozen points, and freshman Brydon Maddox scored 10 points.

“It’s always good to have four players score in double digits,” Herring said. “That means your players are working hard on the offensive end to make sure your team scores. When you have four in double digits you know you have at least 40 points. When you have balanced scoring you are tougher to defend and I was glad we could get four players in double digits tonight.”


SHS 5 9 20 23 - 57

MHS 23 18 10 16 - 67

SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (57) - Accountess Lewis 7, Abby Vilchis 12, Alicia Luna 8, Aubry Jones 18, Hannah Johnson 9, Kylie Kulin 3. FG 19, FT 13/16, F 17. (3-pointers: Jones 2, Johnson 2, Kulin 1, Vilchis 1; Fouled out: Johnson).

MALDEN (67) - Shamya Dobbins 12, Madison Mittag 6, Jada Townsend 2, Arionne Ross 3, Brydon Maddox 10, Mallory Perkins 14, Madison Saulsbery 20. FG 26, FT 14/26, F 18. (3-pointers: Perkins 1; Fouled out: Mittag, Ross).

No. 3 Hayti 72, No. 6 Campbell 56

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Campbell's Hannah Littrell eyes a shot by Hayti's Amiya Johnson in a quarterfinal of the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament Monday night at South Pemiscot High School.

The No. 3 seeded Hayti Indians outscored the No. 6 seeded Campbell Camels by single digits in every quarter on its way to a 72-54 victory in the nightcap quarterfinal at the Bootheel Conference varsity girls basketball tournament Monday at South Pemiscot High School.

Hayti (12-5) led 16-12 after the first quarter, 32-22 at halftime, and 55-42 at the end of the third quarter on its way to a 16-point victory.

“We started off slow but then we started shooting the gaps a little bit better and that’s when we took off,” Hayti coach Craig Rodgers said. "When we play good defense we get easy layups. But Campbell did a good job swinging the ball and it shook our defense up more than we expected it would early in the game.”

Two players scored at least 20 points for both squads.

Junior forward Stemaiya Robinson and sophomore guard Amiya Johnson both contributed 25 points for Hayti.

Senior guard Gabrielle Nielson tallied 23 points and senior guard Madisyn Townsend contributed 20 points for Campbell (5-13).

“There are some great scores in our conference and our district,” Rodgers said. “They come out and play hard in conference games for their coaches every night. My girls work so hard and I’m sure Campbell’s girls work hard as well. It’s nice to see them get to show what they can do on the court like they did tonight.”

Defending Bootheel Conference Tournament champion Hayti will try to revenge a 58-51 regular-season loss to Malden Tuesday night.

“We've got a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth after losing to them in the regular season,” Rodgers said. “They played us well and deserved the win the first time. But I’m excited we will have another chance to play them Tuesday.”


CHS 12 10 20 14 - 56

HHS 16 16 23 17 - 72

CAMPBELL (56) - Madisyn Townsend 20, Gabrielle Nielson 23, Adrionna Pearson 2, Hannah Littrell 2, Marie Wheeler 7, Darcy Broglin 2. FG 22, FT 7/14, F 15. (3-pointers: Townsend 4, Nielson 1; Fouled out: Pearson).

HAYTI (72) - Reggi Ford 7, Amiya Johnson 25, Kristin Burnett 2, Selina Wooden 2, Stemaiya Robinson 25, Ariyani Robinson 11. FG 30, FT 8/22, F 12. (3-pointers: Ford 1, Johnson 1, Stemaiya Robinson 2; Fouled out: None).

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