The Ste. Genevieve boys basketball team struggled offensively last Friday night as the Ft. Zumwalt North Panthers went on for the 81-50 win.
“I thought our guys played hard,” said head coach Rob Coleman. “We didn’t play very well in the first half and got down but the second half I was proud of their effort. We struggled with their size. They were able to rebound and run on us for some easy buckets.”
He continued, “I thought when we were able to play half court defense, we did a great job. I was also proud of how they attacked the basket, especially in the second half. They blocked some shots, but our guys just kept going at them.”
It was all Panthers throughout the first half with the team leading 19-9 after one and eventually headed into the locker room on top, 44-22.
“We came out very slow in the first half not hitting our shots,” said Chaytin Lea. “In the second half, we started making some runs but it was too late for us.”
In the third, the Dragons fared better with the Panthers owning a 24-21 advantage, but it was Ft. Zumwalt North going on for the 31-point win.
“We just keep getting off to slow starts and not rebounding the way we should,” said Logan Trollinger. “I think we are attacking the basket well we just need to finish at a higher percentage.”
Ste. Genevieve finished with a 34.0 field goal percentage and were led by Ricky Hunter’s 14 points. Trollinger contributed 11.
“We could improve on bringing more energy and getting off to a better start to the game,” said Ricky Hunter. “Pushing the tempo has been working well for us through the past couple of games.”
The Panthers shot 68.3 percent from the floor and connected on 46.2 percent from beyond-the-arc. The team also controlled the glass with a 32-25 advantage.
KJ Lee led with a game-high 30 points, while Drake Stevenson (13), Tyler Edwards (11), and George Prouhet (10), all reached double-figures.
The team will now enjoy a few days off before returning to the court on December 26th for the 65th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament. The team will first meet-up with Central (4-1).