The Ste. Genevieve Dragons Boys Varisty Basketball team continued to impress as they defeated Fredericktown 72-42 on Friday, Jan 22 for their sixth win in a row. The Dragons not only outscored the Blackcats in every quarter, but in every measurable offensive statistic except for free throw percentage.
Head Coach Rob Coleman was quick to point Ste, Gen’s defensive efforts. “Our Defense was really good. [A] little slow in the first, but we picked it up and did a better job of keeping them in front of us and rebounding.” Coleman Said. “Offensively we shot the ball well. We ran the floor really well and had some good transition buckets. [I] was very proud of our guys to go on the road and come away with a good win.”
Both teams traded points to start off the game, as the first quarter ended with the Dragons up 20-15. The Ste. Gen defense heated up in the second quarter though, holding Fredericktown to just seven points. That allowed the Dragons’ offense to pull away, adding another 14 points for a 34-22 halftime lead.
The Dragons really took charge in the third quarter, outscoring Fredericktown 25-13, putting them ahead 59-35. In the fourth quarter Ste. Gen added to their 24-point lead, sinking 13 points and holding the Blackcats to just seven, for a final score of 71-42.
Scoring was distributed across starters and bench players, with contributions from almost the entire Ste. Gen roster. Rickey Hunter led the team in scoring with 19 points, while Landon Rose and Logan Trollinger were both good for 10 points on the evening. Rose drained five of his six shots and Trollinger totaled seven assists, two rebounds and two steals.
“I would say mainly our defense and our offensive rebounds helped us win the game,” quipped Rose. “We had a lot of second chance points.”
Trollinger echoed his teammate’s sentiments. “Defense kept us in the lead for the whole game. We started hitting a lot more shots in the second half which gave us a bigger lead.”
Aiden Boyer put up eight points and had 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Rudy Fleig ignited the team with six points in the first quarter, and tacked on another two to finish with eight total. Thomas O’Brien matched Fleig with six points of his own in the second quarter and eight total points. Hunter was 100 percent from the line, sinking all four of his free throws.
Ste. Genevieve travels to Perryville to take on St. Vincent on Tuesday, January 26, as they look to continue their hot streak in search of seven straight wins.