Down one with the clock winding down in the third quarter, Tolton guard Emma Barnes dribbled past a screen. Spinning twice in the paint, Barnes laid up the ball off the glass and into the net before the buzzer sounded.

Barnes’ bucket was pivotal, giving the Trailblazers a one-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Tolton held onto that slim lead for a 54-48 win over New Bloomfield in the first round of the district playoffs Monday.

Tolton (5-17) now moves on the Class 3 District 7 semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Monroe City. They will compete against top seed Monroe City (22-2).

Stephens falls in opening round of AMC Tournament

Stephens ended its basketball season with a 57-38 loss to Health Sciences & Pharmacy in Saint Louis in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Sierra Leeper had a team-high 15 for the Stars (1-13).

Rock Bridge girls basketball wins big over Smith-Cotton

The Bruins (16-4) had a dominant 87-13 win over the Tigers (0-15) in the homestretch of the regular season.

Rock Bridge plays again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Hollister at home.

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