Staying home motivation for St. Al|[02/15/07]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 15, 2007

St. Aloysius coach Penn Majors made it clear to his team what is at stake in tonight’s Division 7-1A Tournament semifinal game.

The Flashes (18-8) take on third seed Bogue Chitto at 8:30 at Salem High School in Tylertown. The winner likely gets a shot at top seed West Lincoln, which plays No. 4 seed Dexter in the early game.

&#8220We have a lot riding in this game,” Majors said. &#8220First, we have the opportunity to advance and play for the district championship and we also guarantee ourselves a home playoff game Tuesday night. This is our most important game of the year.”

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The good news for the Flashes is that they swept the home-and-home series from Bogue Chitto. Both wins have been by double-digit margins.

&#8220We’ve been successful against them and hopefully what we do can work a third time against them,” Majors said. &#8220They have an athletic, strong, fast team.

&#8220But outside shooting is not their strength, so we’ve zoned them and its worked for us.”

St. Al opened tournament play by ripping Enterprise-Lincoln 58-30 Tuesday night. It was the second rout of the Yellow Jackets in a four-day span.

&#8220You know I got a thought after we had played them Friday that they might just come out and hold the ball against us,” Majors said of the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets. &#8220And that’s what they came out and did. They tried to hold it for a good quarter and a half before we finally reached double digits and then they had to play regular.”

The Lady Flashes (18-8) will face West Lincoln in a semifinal contest at 7. The two teams have split this season with each winning on the others home court. The Lady Bears pulled out a 34-31 win at St. Al in the last meeting in late January.

&#8220That was the game where we didn’t pick up the pace until the second half,” said St. Al coach Kyt Bonner. &#8220We let them slow the game down and they are a very disciplined team to begin with.”

The Lady Flashes advanced to the matchup after beating Dexter 37-13 Tuesday night in Tylertown.

&#8220Our starters only played 12 minutes, so it was good to let everyone else play, plus we knew we have a tough two games coming up.

&#8220We definitely want to get this one (West Lincoln) because that would put us home Monday night. The girls remember last year when they lost out and had to go play the No. 1 seed on the road,” Bonner said in reference to last year when the top-seeded Lady Flashes at 26-1, lost two straight in the division tournament and then lost a South State satelite game.