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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 6:30 pm

Taking on the two-time defending Class 5 state champions in the first game of the season presented quite a challenge for the St. Clair Bulldogs and first-year head coach Casey Korn.

Still trying to put things together and learn a new system, the eighth-seeded Bulldogs lost to top-seeded McCluer North Wednesday in the first round 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament, 60-23.

“McCluer North might be the best team we face all year. That’s no disrespect to the other teams on our schedule, because we have some dandy teams we’re playing. But they’re the two-time defending state champions in Class 5,” Korn said. “We’re still learning. Being shut out in the first quarter and having 31 turnovers by my count was something we weren’t anticipating.”

St. Clair (0-1) takes on fourth-seeded Cardinal Ritter in the consolation semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. The Lions lost to fifth-seeded Washington in the opening round, 76-63.

The seventh-place game is Saturday at 3 p.m. The consolation contest is Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

McCluer North (1-0) meets Washington in the championship semifinals Friday at 6 p.m.

Ben Feddersen, a 6-7, junior center, and Reno Jones, a 6-1 junior guard, both scored six points to lead the Bulldogs.

“Ben is coming into his own. It’s the best I’ve seen him play,” Korn said. “He can score, but he’s just a little tentative at times. He really competed.”

Evan Murphy added four points. Brandon York, Evan Powell and Coty DeClue each scored two points. Neyko Dominguez had one point.

“Neyko will get his points. I’m excited about the kind of year I think he’ll have,” Korn said. “There were times where he had to break the press against four defenders by himself. He really had to work hard all night. Because of their pressure, we didn’t get to run our base offense very much.”

McCluer North was led by point guard Rashad Lindsey, who scored 21 points.

Dorian Holland finished the game with nine points. Chris Busbee netted eight points. Jordan Boone had six points.

The Stars’ fullcourt pressure defense forced the Bulldogs to play fast and turn the ball over.

“They made us play faster than what we wanted. We want to push the ball. We saw in flashes what we can do in transition,” Korn said. “We missed 10 layups by my count. We needed those, especially early in the game. Maybe it could have been a different game. At least we would have kept the score closer.”

McCluer North jumped to an 18-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

Baskets by York and Jones early in the second quarter got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, but the Stars continued their defensive pressure and built a 33-9 halftime advantage.

“We played good defense early in the game. We forced a lot of outside shots that they missed,” Korn said. “We just didn’t take advantage of those opportunities.”

McCluer North had a 19-7 advantage in the third quarter, building a 52-16 lead.

The entire fourth quarter was played with a running clock due to the 30-point margin rule.

St. Clair will face more defensive pressure Friday against Cardinal Ritter.

“We have to bring our ‘A’ game. We can’t pout or be upset about this loss because we have another big challenge Friday. We have to be ready to go and compete,” Korn said. “This tournament is loaded with good teams. That’s why we’re in it. Playing better competition will help us get better. We’ll be a better team at the end of the year.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@Neosho Co def. ECC, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23

Marquette def. Washington 25-19, 25-20

@ECC def. Labette, 25-15, 13-15, 25-20, 25-18

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    6 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    6 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington 2, Bishop DuBourg 1

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Rockwood Summit 8, Washington 0

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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