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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:30 am

The basketball odyssey is over for 2013-14.

In a matter of days, the season ended for the six area district championship teams.

The Hermann girls closed out with third place in Class 3 Friday afternoon in Columbia.

The New Haven girls finished fourth in Class 2 Friday evening.

Borgia’s boys lost Saturday in the Class 4 quarterfinals to defending state champion Republic.

The Washington girls lost to defending Class 5 state champion Rock Bridge in sectional action last Wednesday.

The Borgia girls lost to Marshfield (which is heading to the semifinals) Wednesday in Class 4 sectional round.

And, the New Haven boys fell to Advance the previous Wednesday during Class 2 sectional action.

Craig and I got to experience some interesting places during our four days of travel around the state covering the local teams at sectional, quarterfinal and state venues.

So, what have we learned?

• We have discovered that you have to play hard all 32 minutes of a game to have a chance to advance. Borgia’s girls led for nearly the entire game Wednesday against Marshfield before losing the advantage in the final minute and falling.

• You’ve got to develop your depth and be able to use anyone to be able to step into the game at any given moment. Depth issues caught up with the Borgia girls and New Haven during the playoffs.

• The bracket can be a cruel mistress. Nobody did the Washington Lady Jays any favors by pushing them against Rock Bridge in the sectional round. The Lady Bruins were two-time defending state champions with the entire starting lineup heading to NCAA Division I schools next year. The consensus is that Rock Bridge is the second-best girls team, all classes, to the amazing Incarnate Word squad.

The Borgia boys ran into a stacked Republic team which features a number of players who raised the state trophy last year.

• Take what you can get. The Borgia-Republic game brought a prime example of this. Republic was aggressive and grabbed a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half while crashing the boards. The Tigers could afford to do that with a deep bench and big early lead. Republic was able to take advantage of that. By showing that confidence and aggressiveness, not only did the defending champs add to their lead, but they also caused Borgia to get very frustrated.

Frustration probably led to the technical foul in the second quarter called on the Borgia bench. The call came very quickly, making one think that some magic words were uttered, perhaps from the bench. No explanation was forthcoming on what actually happened.

The Borgia fans weren’t too thrilled with the initial call on that as it appeared to be an over-the-back play, but was called on the Borgia player who had position.

Twice, I’ve seen players put onto the free-throw line during the postseason who probably shouldn’t have been there.

You always should respect authority figures and the referees are the ultimate authority at basketball games. You aren’t going to change their minds by yelling or screaming at them. Remember that the officials are good people doing their best.

Let’s say that the quarterfinal game Saturday was not the pinnacle of officiating excellence. If they made technical mistakes, those will be washed out during the evaluation and corrections will be made.

• Don’t let a loss beat you twice. This really only applies to teams making it to the state level since it’s single elimination through that level. Both the New Haven and Hermann girls lost in their semifinal games and had to come back the next day.

The third-place games are nice because they allow semifinal losers the chance to end on a good note.

However, a lot of times, a loss in the semifinals tends to unbalance a team. Hermann happened to win its third-place game over Saxony Lutheran. New Haven lost to a very good New Franklin team.

Saxony Lutheran, a sophomore-dominated team, seemed to be happy just to be in Columbia. We haven’t heard the last of that squad. New Franklin seemed to have something to prove after a crushing loss to eventual state champion Crane the day before.

• The southwest part of the state definitely has the best overall quality of basketball this season. Take a look at your Show Me Showdown Classes 1-3 qualifier book from last week if you have one. The state map is dominated by teams in the lower left corner. All three girls championships went to teams from that part of the state. And, there’s a decent chance that at least one of the larger class champions will be from there.

I fully believe that our teams would have had an easier run going in a different direction. The southeast part of the state, where our local Class 4 district used to head, seemed to be down this year. I believe a number of teams, including those who lost in the district tournaments could have made a run through that zone and ended up in Columbia. Maybe, when the next cycle comes out, our teams will be able to go that direction.

• While the teams may have been knocked out, much praise should be given to the student cheering sections. They’ve organized, created interesting themes and supported their teams throughout the season. I know I’ve praised the Borgia, Pacific and Washington student groups and there are some other great ones out there, too. Individuals I happen to know who have done a good job in organizing and leading include Todd Kleekamp, Hank Vandaveer and Aaron Meyer. There are others who deserve credit as well. I wish I could name them all.

Anything those groups have done has been in the spirit of competition. There isn’t animosity between the groups. When the game ends, so does any outward rivalry. The kids get that it’s a competition, not a war, and that should be commended.

These are kids who support their athletes, have fun in the process and then move along. As I stated through my Twitter account, these groups have made basketball fun once again.

• We had some outstanding basketball in this area this year. Even if the season is over, the teams in these parts achieved some pretty special accomplishments. Don’t forget the good times. We’ve had a lot of them this year.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games