St. Charles won their first state championship since 1957 in a thrilling, come from behind, 74-69 win over the Hillcrest Hornets in the Boys Class 4 final, Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Senior Casey Teson scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half as the Pirates rallied from a first half deficit of 21 points.
Hillcrest was led by their lone senior Brady Petry, who scored 34 points. Petry had 31 halfway through the third quarter, but picked up his fourth foul and spent the rest of the quarter on the bench as his team held a 53-39 lead when he sat with 2:39 left in the third.
Petry came back in with just over six minutes to play and immediately got to the free throw line. Petry continued to push the offense and with the score tied at 64, Petry was called for an offensive foul with 2:25 to play. The Pirates responded with a 10-5 run to close out the game. All ten came from a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw including eight from Teson.
Petry was 7 of 11 from the field in the first half, leading the Hornets with 17 points as Hillcrest settled on a 16 point lead. Teson and St. Charles’ other leading scorer Morfeld, were a combined 6 of 21 from the floor as they shot just 33% as a team.
Teson finished 11 of 28 for the game after making just 2 of his first 10 shots. He also went 11 of 12 at the line. Chase Morfeld finished with 20.
Petry led Hillcrest with 34 points and ten rebounds, but he turned the ball over eight times as well.