The Ste. Genevieve boys junior varsity basketball team hasn’t lost often this year. Monday’s 45-43 loss to Farmington was just their third defeat of the season. But after each of their three losses, they’ve rebounded with a win. And that’s exactly what the team did Tuesday with a convincing victory over Fredericktown.
The team is taking part in the North County JV Boys Basketball Tournament, and splitting the first two games is probably not what the team had envisioned. Nevertheless, the contest on Monday against Farmington was about as evenly played as possible. “It was a tough loss in a well played game by both teams,” SGHS JV coach Jon Robinson pointed out after the game. “I am proud of how we played tonight. We had a couple of great looks at the end to tie, but they didn’t fall.”
Team stats were very close for the two combatants, and the game never tilted too far in either team’s direction. After the first quarter, Farmington held a 13-8 lead, but by halftime, the Dragons were able to come back to tie it, 23-23. Blake Morganthaler had pumped in nine points to lead the team in the first half.
Morganthaler continued with the hot hand in the third quarter as he scored five points. Kaden Flye and Kaden Buatte each had three points, and as the buzzer sounded to move into the fourth quarter, Ste. Genevieve had grabbed a slim 35-34 lead. But Morganthaler’s six points and Flye’s two were not enough to hold off the surging Knights, and when those final shots wouldn’t fall, Farmington stole away with a two point victory.
Morganthaler had a nice night offensively, leading the team with 20 points. Flye scored eight points, and Quentin Wittkopf finished with four points. Thomas O’Brien, Buatte, and Carter Klump each scored three points apiece. Klayton Squires closed out the scoring with two points.
The next night, Coach Robinson explained how important it was to bounce back after the loss. His team responded by disposing of Fredericktown, 61-34. Despite trailing 9-8 after the first quarter, the Dragons seized control in the second quarter and never looked back. Morganthaler and Klump each scored seven points in the first half as Ste. Gen took a 26-16 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, SGHS outscored the Blackcats, 35-18 to take the 27-point victory.
Morganthaler, Klump, and O’Brien provided plenty of balance to the scoring, netting 12, 11, and ten points respectively. Flye added eight points, while Wittkopf scored five and Collin Fritsch finished with four points. Squires scored a free throw to round out the scoring.
“The defense, again, was solid, and we did a good of executing the offense,” Coach Robinson noted. “I also thought we did a good job of pushing the ball in transition.”
The Dragons, now 17-3 on the season, aren’t sure who the next opponent will be since tournament games have to be played tonight. The team will play that undetermined opponent tomorrow at North County.