The Ste. Genevieve boys varsity basketball team lost a lead in the third quarter, but rallied in the fourth to take a 52-47 victory over the DeSoto Dragons on Tuesday night at DeSoto. The Dragons are now 7-7 on the season.
Ste. Gen jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter as freshman Ricky Hunter led the way with six points. Hunter, along with fellow freshman Aiden Boyer, and junior Logan Trollinger, would be key figures throughout the game for SGHS.
Halftime saw the Dragons maintain their lead at 26-17, but in the third quarter, Ste. Genevieve had difficulty scoring, netting just six points while their hosts scored 14. At the buzzer, Ste. Gen found themselveds down a point, 33-32.
But Aiden Boyer (7 points), Trollinger (6 points), and Josh Pelfrey, who scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter, carried the team to victory, outscoring DeSoto 20-14 to grab the five point triumph.
“We shot the ball better from three point and hit free throws,” head coach Rob Coleman pointed out, “We struggled to score in the third and got behind, but our defense was pretty good all game.”
The trio of Aiden Boyer, Hunter, and Trollinger combined for 41 of the team’s 52 points. Trollinger led the way, pumping in 15 points and dishing out eight assists. “Logan had some key steals late for layups,” Coach Coleman said. Trollinger said the team had a hot start. “In the beginning, we were getting a lot more open shots than at the end,” he said. “When we lost the lead, we just stayed calm and took better shots on offense.”
Hunter was right behind Trollinger, finishing the night with 14 points. He scored all six points Ste. Gen generated in the third quarter, keeping the team close. “The game was hard fought by both teams,” he stated. “We started to get a rhythm, and that just led us to having the lead back in the end.”
Aiden Boyer scored 12 points, and also collected five steals. Like Trollinger, he agreed that the team came out ready to play. “We started out good, and played good defense and hit shots,” he said. “We came out slow in the second half, but we battled back.”
Coach Coleman said the three offensive stars stood out. “Aiden, Ricky, and Logan shot the ball well and knocked down some big threes.” Boyer also noted the three were feeling the chemistry throughout the game. “I trust those two to make shots when we need them, and they’re the same way with me,” he admitted. “We have a pretty good connection already.”
Pelfrey closed out the night with five points and four rebounds. Coach Coleman didn’t minimize his contribution. “Josh hit a big bucket late in the fourth, and he hit some big free throws too.” The coach pointed out that after Coy Flieg fouled out, Pelfrey took over guarding their biggest player and did a nice job. “Coy and Rudy Flieg worked hard all night on their big,” Coleman explained. Both Fliegs scored two points on the night, as did Christian Boyer. Landon Rose also contributed four rebounds. The Dragons played a fairly clean game throughout the night, committing only six turnovers.
Ste. Gen will try to keep the momentum going from Tuesday’s game when they host the North County Raiders on Friday.