The Steelville High School boys and girls basketball teams are both playing in the 65th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament, which will get underway at Park Hills on Saturday. The final round of the tourney is set for New Year’s Eve.
The Lady Cardinals have been seeded third in the eight-team girls tournament and will open play on Saturday against sixth-seeded Fredericktown at 1:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, top-seeded Central will play eighth-seeded Festus at 9 a.m., fourth-seeded South Iron will meet fifth-seeded Arcadia Valley at 10:30 a.m., and second-seeded Ste. Genevieve will play seventh-seeded Potosi at noon.
The girls consolation semifinals are scheduled for 9 and 10:10 a.m. on Monday, while the championship semifinals will be played at noon and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. If the Lady Cardinals win their opening-round game, that will play in the later game on Tuesday.
The final round of the girls tourney will be played on December 31, starting with consolation at 9:30 p.m. The third-place game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the championship will be played at 6 p.m.
The SHS boys are seeded sixth in the 16-team boys tournament and will open play at 8:30 p.m. Monday against 11th-seeded Jefferson. Also on Monday, North County (2) plays Perrvyille (15) at 4 p.m., De Soto (7) will take on Hillsboro (10) at 5:30 p.m., and Central (3) plays Crystal City (14) at 7 p.m. If they win their opening-round game, the Cardinals will play the Central vs. Crystal City winner at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The boys tournament gets underway on Saturday with top-seeded South Iron taking on 16th-seeed Herculaneum at 4 p.m. Festus (8) will play Fredericktown (9) at 5:30 p.m., Ste. Genevieve (4) will take on Arcadia Valley (13) at 7 p.m., and Farmington (5) plays Potosi (12) at 8:30 p.m.
The final round of the boys tournament will be played on December 31, starting with the consolation game at 11 a.m. The third-place game will be played at 3:30 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.