The Ste. Genevieve boys junior varsity basketball team continues to roll after two wins earlier this week. The Dragons defeated Fredericktown Monday at home, 61-31, and then downed St. Vincent 48-31 for another home victory on Tuesday. Ste. Gen is now 15-1 on the season.
Monday, three Dragons scored in double figures in the 30-point win. Nick Plati notched 12 points, while Blake Morganthaler and Kaden Flye added 11 and ten points respectively. Ste. Gen led 38-12 at halftime.
“It was a great team win,” JV coach Jon Robinson said. “We put the ball in the basket early, and the defense was very good, especially in the first half.”
Tuesday, the game got off to a slow start, with Ste. Genevieve leading just 6-4 after the first quarter. Both teams got it going a bit in the second quarter, but the Dragons still led just 20-15 at halftime.
This would prove to be a game that would find the Indians hard to shake, as the lead was still in single digits after the third quarter, Ste. Gen on top, 33-25.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Dragons were able to start pulling away. Six different players made a mark in the scoring column, and SGHS outscored St. Vincent 15-6 in the final frame.
“It was a solid effort tonight,” Coach Robinson said after the game. “We missed a lot of shots early, but as the game went on, we warmed up. We did a great job on the boards tonight, especially offensive rebounding.”
Morganthaler had an outstanding game, pouring in 16 points, 12 of which came in the critical second half. “Our defense was a little better in the second half,” he said, “and some of our shots started to fall that we couldn’t get to fall in the first half.” While Morganthaler was the only player in double figures, he had plenty of support. Quentin Wittkopf knocked down three three-pointers for nine points, while Flye hit for seven points. Kaden Buatte finished with six points, and Carter Klump ended the night with four points. Klump thought both the offense and defense came together in the final two quarters. “In the first half, we weren’t really moving the ball that well, and our shots were not falling,” he explained. “In the second half, we really picked up our defense and started hitting some shots which helped us pull through and get the ‘dub.'”
Rounding out the scoring were Thomas O’Brien, Collin Alford, and Klayton Squires with two points each.
The boys will play their fifth home game in a row on Friday, hosting the Park Hills Central Rebels. Game time is at 6:00 p.m.