January 22, 2020

Lee Richardson

It was a fun day of basketball in Perry County on Saturday as hometown rivals Perryville and St. Vincent met on the hardwood at the Perry Park Center. After the junior varsity squads led things off, Live Stream STL broadcast both the varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ games that followed. The Mayor’s Cup event was well-attended at the impressive Park Center facility, and fans on both sides had something to cheer about at the end of the day’s action.

Perryville Lady Pirates 38, St. Vincent Lady Indians 30

Perryville was led by their sophomore point guard Kyla Schnurbusch and talented freshman forward Brooklyn Moll as they broke out to an 18-point lead in the first half, then held on in the second half to defeat St. Vincent. Perryville’s pressure defense caused the Lady Indians a lot of problems early on. After making a few adjustments, St. Vincent was able to get back into the game by creating some turnovers and getting some key three-point shooting from Mary Schwartz, but couldn’t capitalize on several possessions when they had cut the lead to six points at 30-24 early in the fourth quarter. In the end, Perryville’s energy on the defensive end was the deciding factor. Perryville moves to 10-5 on the season, while St. Vincent dropped to 9-5. Perryville continues their fine season as they move toward competing in the very tough Class 5, District 1 tournament. St. Vincent girls are hoping for one of the top seeds in their Class 2, District 3 tournament and have a battle with C2D3 district favorite Oran coming up on February 15.

St. Vincent 59, Perryville 39

Led by Coach Bruce Valleroy in his 28th season, it was a trademark performance by the St. Vincent Indians on both ends of the floor as they cruised to a win over Perryville. In the first half Pirates committed too many turnovers and had a hard time attacking the Indians’ zone defense, while St. Vincent ran disciplined offense and got an early nine-point burst of scoring from senior forward Philip Ernst. The Indians led 33-12 at the half. In the second half, Perryville came out with more intensity on the defensive end and was able to turn that into some transition baskets. Senior Trey Scruggs was effective in transition and hit a three-pointer late to bring the game a little closer. St. Vincent standout senior guard John Wibbenmeyer had a complete game at both ends of the court and brought the big St. Vincent crowd to its feet with a two-handed breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter. St. Vincent upped their record to 13-3, while Perryville moves to 1-11 on the season. St. Vincent looks like they will be very competitive in a loaded Class 2, District 3, while the rebuilding Perryville under first-year head coach Richard Dunn faces an uphill climb next month in Class 5, District 1 with Cape Notre Dame, Cape Central, and Sikeston rounding out that field.

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