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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Wed Mar 13, 2013.

High school basketball in our area is over.

The season ended Saturday for our three remaining teams, Borgia’s boys and New Haven’s and Sullivan’s girls.

It was an impressive second half of the season for the Knights. They got hot at the Washington Tournament in the middle of January.

After losing in the first round to Howell Central, the light seemed to turn on. Borgia went 14-3 for the remainder of the season.

The Knights found ways to win games. St. Clair had them on the ropes in the district semifinals, but they pulled through.

Jordan Miller had a memorable buzzer beater to defeat Hillcrest in the sectional round.

Borgia trailed Republic by just one point after three quarters in the quarterfinal game, but a return trip to Columbia wasn’t meant to be.

Sullivan’s girls played good basketball throughout the season, finishing with just five losses.

For the second time this school year, Webb City stopped Sullivan in the Class 4 state quarterfinals, which also happened during the football campaign.

The two schools won’t meet in the baseball playoffs. Webb City is Class 5. Sullivan is Class 4.

New Haven’s girls lost to Crane, falling in the Class 2 state championship game for the second straight season.

Plenty of tears were shed after the game, but playing for a state title in two straight years is an incredible accomplishment.

Most high school basketball players never win a district championship, or even play in a district championship game, much less get a chance to play in a state championship contest two years in a row.

The Lady Shamrocks were more determined to win state this year. And they’ll be shooting for a third straight appearance next season.

“I definitely had more desire,” said New Haven junior guard Rachel Steinhoff. “It kind of eats away at you. Since last year, every day you’re thinking I want to get back there. And we did, and I’m proud of that. I’m glad I have another year. It’s going to be the same thing trying to get back.”

Steinhoff, the daughter of Ray Steinhoff (New Haven Boys Basketball Coach and Athletic Director), will be a determined player next season as a senior.

“My dad has won state three times in basketball and my brother (Ryan) won under my dad. I don’t want to miss out on that,” she said. “He’s proud. He’s happy I get to experience this. He knows how much I want it. He’s a nervous parent, that’s for sure. He said it’s harder to be a parent than to be a coach.”

The Lady Shamrocks, who always are battle-tested by playing in the Four Rivers Conference, had another memorable postseason.

“The Neelyville game (quarterfinals) was a really exciting game,” said New Haven senior Kierstin Monzyk. “When we played that game, I thought there was no way we’d face anyone better. But we came here and saw Crane.”

Not to be overlooked is St. James’ girls, who capture third-placed honors in Class 3 with a win Friday over North Tech.

The Class 4-5 boys and girls state tournament takes place this weekend in Columbia.

My prediction for state champions are Sikeston’s boys and Incarnate Word’s girls in Class 4 and DeSmet’s boys and Rock Bridge’s girls in Class 5.

***

The brackets for the NCAA Tournament will be unveiled Sunday.

Thankfully, Mizzou doesn’t have any more road games. Hopefully the Tigers will play better on neutral courts.

Phil Pressey is a good player and I hope he returns to Mizzou for his senior season. But by the way he’s performed at the end of some games, I’m sure there are some MU fans that hope he enters the NBA Draft.

I’m calling it right now. Mizzou will play either Kansas or Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

What a season it’s been for the Billikens, who are the outright Atlantic 10 regular season champions and the top seed for this week’s conference tournament.

It’s a fitting tribute to their former coach, the late Rick Majerus.

The Billikens have a real shot to do some major damage in the NCAA Tournament.

Other teams I like to make a tournament run are Gonzaga, Duke, Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.

Teams that could exit earlier than expected are Indiana, Michigan, Miami, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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