Photo Courtesy of Jerrianne Wallace
It had been a week since the Ste. Genevieve boys varsity basketball team had played. That layoff may have been part of the reason the Dragons fell to 3-3 after a loss to Jefferson on Friday. SGHS had difficulty in the middle quarters, and, despite a comeback in the fourth quarter, couldn’t overtake the Blue Jays, losing 56-46.
“We dug ourselves a hole again in the first half,” head coach Rob Coleman said. “We’re just not shooting the ball very well, and there’s not enough intensity early.”
Despite being down by just two points in the first quarter, Ste. Gen couldn’t get anything going in the second quarter. In fact, the defense got a little loose too, helping Jefferson take a 32-19 lead into halftime. No Dragon scored more than four points in the first half, so it would be paramount the team come out and make some noise in the third quarter.
That didn’t happen either. SGHS was outscored, 18-9, in the third quarter and found themselves down by 22 points heading into the fourth. That was when the offense finally got going. Logan Trollinger scored 11 of his team-high 16 points, hitting three three-pointers in the final eight minutes. The Dragons outscored Jefferson 18-6, but fell ten points short.
“Our guys do continue to fight and not give up,” said Coleman. “We’re just coming up short.” Coleman’s team lost a lot of leadership off last year’s team, and this team continues to try to find its way in the early going of this season. That lack of leadership has created some issues. “It’s kept us from being able to really execute on the offensive end, for sure, and probably affects the focus on the defensive end to understand that every possession counts.”
Trollinger added four total threes, as well as five steals. Christian Boyer scored nine points, but then the scoring dropped off a bit. Chaytin Lea, Ricky Hunter, Coy Flieg, and Rudy Flieg scored four points each. Coy Flieg grabbed five rebounds. Aiden Boyer chipped in with three points, while Anthony Nash scored two points. He also collected six rebounds and three steals.
“I thought Chaytin, Anthony, and Coy did a great job off the bench,” Coach Coleman mentioned. “I also thought Christian Boyer has played well the last two games, but he was just in foul trouble in the first half.”
Up next is the 64th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament. The Dragons grabbed the #6 seed and will face #11 Arcadia Valley on Friday at 8:30 p.m.