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Missouri 4A Basketball Playoff Preview

Central – New Madrid County (19-7) vs. Lift for Life (18-9)

Central – New Madrid County returns a good portion of their team who lost it’s only game to Vashon last season. 2024 forward, Jadis Jones, is an incredibly efficient and physical player on the inside. Life for Life on the other hand plays an up-tempo style, and uses their forward well on the perimeter. Lift for Life has had some great wins, but New Madrid County has been building for this moment since last year. 

Prediction: Central – New Madrid Country

Vashon (24-4) vs. Mexico (28-0)

Vashon is a young team. They’ve got depth and athletic players top to bottom. Their 2023 and 2025 classes are very good, potentially the best in the state. Mexico on the other hand has a more experienced group. They’re a city with a proud tradition, and this year’s team has provided much excitement. The biggest advantage in this game will be Vashon’s coach, Tony Irons, and his experience. 

Prediction: Vashon

Father Tolton (20-8) vs. Willow Springs (22-5)

Father Tolton is a senior lead squad with a star freshman in the making. Jevon Porter is a mismatch for anybody at 6’11. He’s got the potential to be a pro in just a few years. 2025 guard, Aaron Rowe, is an electrifying prospect that catches the eyes of many. Willow Springs on the other hand has had some solid wins this season, but we expect them to be outmatched in all facets. Jevon Porter is on a mission. 

Prediction: Father Tolton

Pembroke Hill (20-4) vs. Richmond (22-5)

Pembroke Hill has some serious athletes. Two of their better players happen to be brothers. The Conley brothers, Devin and Darin, can fill up the stat sheet with the best of them. This team goes as they go. Richmond has been a feel good story on the western side of the state. Head coach Kevin Jermain has done an incredible job of getting this team to buy in and perform. This one is a toss up. Pembroke Hill is more battle tested, however. 

Prediction: Pembroke Hill

Who do we think will win Missouri Class 4?

Two teams stand above the rest. Vashon and Father Tolton. Each is on opposite sides of the bracket, and this potential matchup seems like destiny. They played last season at Vashon and it was a blowout in favor of the Wolverines. With that being said, this is a new season and each roster has added/lost key players. Tony Irons is tough to bet against, however. We project Vashon to win Class 4 by a close margin.

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