For only the second time this season, the Ste. Genevieve boys JV basketball team will be trying to rebound from a loss the next time they hit the floor. Friday, the Dragons fell behind early at home, and then saw a rally fall short, leading to a 62-57 loss to Park Hills Central. SGHS is now 15-2 on the season.
“We dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half,” JV coach Jon Robinson stated after the game. “We had a few shots that normally fall for us that didn’t go in the basket.”
After falling behind 13-6 after the first quarter, the deficit grew to 15 points at halftime as the Dragons trailed 36-21. “Our defense wasn’t working, and when the defense isn’t working, our shots don’t fall,” Klayton Squires explained. “When we start playing good defense, we start to control the game.”
And that’s exactly what happened in the second half. The Dragons made up a little ground in the third quarter as Kaden Buatte scored five points to lead the team. When the quarter ended, it was 49-36 in favor of the Rebels, but the momentum was shifting. And then in the fourth quarter, Blake Morganthaler got hot, scoring nine points, and Nick Plati added six points. The Dragons outscored PHC 21-13, but just couldn’t find the extra needed to overcome the Rebels. The visitors came away with a five point victory.
“I am proud of the effort and intensity that we showed throughout the game,” Coach Robinson pointed out. “Central is a good team. We have to tip our hat to them, and we need to continue growing and learning and be ready to play Tuesday at Potosi.”
Morganthaler finished the night with 19 points, while Kaden Flye also hit double figures with ten points. Plati added eight points, and Buatte ended the night with seven points. Rounding out the scoring was Thomas O’Brien with six points, Squires with four, and Quentin Wittkopf with three points.
Squires said the team can learn a lot from the loss. “We need to come out in the first half as good as we do in the second half,” he noted. “We always play the best in the second half as a team, and that’s when we either put teams away or come back on teams.”
Ste. Gen will try to start a new winning streak Tuesday at Potosi. Game time is at 6:00 p.m.