Torrence Watson

Whitfield senior Torrence Watson signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Missouri.

Whitfield High senior standout Torrence Watson has been a premier scorer throughout his prep career.

In the past few weeks, the 6’5” Watson has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the scoring department as he closes out his stellar career with a flourish. A University of Missouri signee, Watson has averaged a whopping 41.5 points in the Warriors’ past five games.

Watson’s biggest performance came last week when he scored a career-high 58 points in a 78-66 victory over DeSmet. He also scored 40 points in a victory over Pinckneyville (Illinois) at the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout last Friday night. There was also a 45-point performance against Pattonville and 37 more points against Sikeston at the MFA Oil Break Time Shootout in Columbia on his future home court at Mizzou.

For the season, Watson is averaging 31 points a game to lead the St. Louis metro area in scoring. He has also reached two big scoring milestones this season. He scored his 2,000th career point on Dec. 11 in a victory over Lift for Life in a game in which he scored 50 points. Watson surpassed the 2,500-point mark in the victory over Pinckneyville.

St. Mary’s goes back to back

St. Mary’s ventured on the road last weekend on back to back nights and came away with a couple of impressive victories. On Friday night, the Dragons travelled to Quincy, Illinois to take on Quincy Notre Dame and scored an impressive 83-50 victory. Senior guard Lavell Harris scored 15 points to lead the Dragons, followed by senior Antonio Burks with 12 points and senior Miles Jones with 10 points. The following night, St. Mary’s ventured to Southeast Missouri to took a 75-58 victory over host Charleston in the featured game of the Sixth Man Shootout. The Dragons had three different high scorers as junior guard Yuri Collins and senior forward Yahuza Rasas scored 16 points and senior forward Dominic Mitchell added 14 points. St. Mary’s enters the week with a 19-3 record.

Vashon goes 2-1 in DC

The Vashon Wolverines ventured east to participate in the loaded St. James Invitational Tournament in Hagerstown, Maryland, which featured some of the top prep school programs in the nation. Vashon went 2-1 for the weekend and came away with the consolation championship. In the opener, they dropped a 70-61 decision to St. Benedict’s Prep (New Jersey), the No. 4 team in the country. The Wolverines came back to defeat Benedictine Prep 73-61 and Our Savior New American School 66-65 to win the consolation bracket. Junior guard Mario McKinney was named to the All-Tournament Team. He scored a game-high 30 points in a great performance against St. Benedict’s in the opening game.

Incarnate Word dominates the field at Webster

Defending Class 4 girls state champion Incarnate Word dominated an excellent field of teams in winning the Webster Winter Challenge title last weekend. The Red Knights won their three games by an average margin of nearly 30 points a game. In the championship game, IWA defeated Kirkwood 76-42 as senior forward Nakayla Jackson-Morris scored 23 points en route to earning MVP honors for the tournament. In the semifinals, IWA defeated St. Joseph’s 73-53 as senior guard Sonya Morris scored 29 points, including eight 3-pointers. In the opening game, the Red Knights defeated Washington 72-39 as senior forward Rickie Woltman scored 21 points. 

Jayla Everett

Kirkwood’s Jayla Everett goes up for two of her 15 points at Hazelwood West on Tuesday night. The Lady Pioneers went on to defeat the Lady Wildcats 89-41.

KK enters the record books

Senior girls’ standout KK Rodriguez of Webster Groves set a couple of records at last weekend’s Webster Winter Classic in leading the Stateswomen to the consolation championship. The Tulsa University signee scored 34 points in a victory over Parkway Central to set a new school single-game scoring record. She also finished the three-game tournament with 89 points, which is also a new record. Rodriguez’ big scoring weekend propelled her to the top spot in the St. Louis metro area among scoring leaders. 

Hazelwood Central closes season with big games

Hazelwood Central’s boys enter the week with an impressive record of 20-1, but the Hawks have a host of big games in the month of February as they get ready for a postseason run.

On Friday night, the Hawks will host Columbia Rock Bridge, who like the Hawks, have only one loss and are also one of the state’s top contending teams in Class 5. On back-to-back nights of Feb. 20 and 21, Hazelwood Central will host defending Class 5 champion Webster Groves, then visit defending Class 4 state champion.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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