The Ste. Genevieve Dragons extended its winning streak out to four after coming away with the 50-45 win over the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders.
“I was really proud of our team and their effort,” said head coach Rob Coleman. “Our defense did a great job holding them to 45 points. Our pressure early, really caused them some trouble. Unfortunately, we didn’t shoot the ball well from the outside or the free throw line. We led most of the game and were able to hold on.”
He continued, “Everyone gave us some really good minutes and made some big plays when we needed it. It was a great team effort and even though we didn’t play our best, we were able to come away with the win.”
The Dragons started out strong in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 16-7 lead. The Crusaders outscored Ste. Genevieve 11-10 in the second, but the Dragons still maintained a 26-18 lead at the break.
In the third, the Dragons gained some breathing room after outscoring the Dragons 14-11 to hold a 40-29 lead. That cushion was key in the fourth with the Crusaders making it interesting with a 16-10 advantage, however, the comeback was not to be with the Dragons hanging on for the five-point win.
The Dragons shot 43.6 percent from the floor, but the defense was the story, forcing 19 turnovers and turning that into 23 points.
Ricky Hunter led with a team and game-high 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 18 minutes of action. “The intensity and teamwork we had down the stretch of those games led us to success,” said Hunter. “Preparing for the games was a key for us to know what we’re going to do and then execute the plays.”
Aiden Boyer added eight points, while Logan Trollinger finishing with seven. Defensively, Chaytin Lea came away with a game-high four steals.
“We are a very small team size wise and we kind of use that to our advantage,” said Lea. “We like to push the ball up the court and play tough defense.”
Saxony Lutheran fell to 0-1 on the young season. Wilson Lodge had himself a night, tying Hunter with the game-high 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including going 6-of-9 from the charity-stripe. Logan Pruitt and Will Eldridge contributed nine and eight points, respectively.
Ste. Genevieve looks for its fifth straight win on Friday night when they’ll visit Valle Catholic (3-1). Tip-off at 7:30 p.m.