Shovels were not part of Ste. Gen head coach Rob Coleman’s equipment distribution for his varsity boys team before the season began. But according to the head coach, his team is doing a good enough job of digging holes without them. The Dragons fell behind early, then fought back to make a game of it, only to fall short on Tuesday at Arcadia Valley. Ste. Gen lost to the Tigers, 56-50, dropping their record to 6-7 on the season.
“We continue to dig ourselves a hole and have to fight back, but we come up short,” Coleman said after the game. This was in reference to his team being outscored 22-7 in the second quarter and trailing 34-19 at halftime. It is something that is beginning to plague SGHS, but it isn’t as if the players don’t know how to correct it. “We just need to start the game with the same intensity that we end with,” said Coy Flieg. “And play every quarter like it’s the final two minutes, and we are down by six.”
Well, the team probably doesn’t want to always play from behind, but one can see Flieg’s point. After playing evenly at 12-12 in the first quarter, the second quarter saw the Tigers drain two three-pointers and have five different players score to take the commanding lead. Meanwhile, Ste. Genevieve got just four points from Christian Boyer, and three from Aiden Boyer. “We’ve just got to finish better and fight for those offensive rebounds,” Rudy Flieg noted.
And the team did that coming out for the second half. The Dragons outscored AV by one in the third quarter as Logan Trollinger netted five points. Then the fourth saw Ste. Gen kick it up a notch, pouring in 19 points. Aiden Boyer and Coy Flieg led the charge with five points each, but the team fell six points short.
“Defensively I thought we played pretty good,” Coach Coleman pointed out. “Offensively, though, we struggled to hit some easy shots and free throws. We also turned the ball over too much early that led to some fast breaks for AV.” For the game, Ste. Gen turned over the ball 14 times, while shooting seven-of-13 from the free throw line.
Leading the way for Ste. Gen was Christian Boyer with 15 points. “Christian continues to play solid for us,” Coleman noted. Aiden Boyer netted eight points, while Coy Flieg, Trollinger, and Rudy Flieg finished the night with seven points apiece. “Rudy Flieg was in foul trouble and didn’t play much in the first half, but had an excellent second half,” mentioned Coleman. “Coy Flieg was tough off the bench.” The only other Dragon to score was Ricky Hunter with six points.
Ste. Gen has lost two of three at the start of 2020, and will look to right the ship on Friday at home against Fredericktown. Game time for varsity should be around 7:30 p.m.