St. Aloysius rolls in win over visiting Pisgah

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 14, 2008

There have not many nights like this one for St. Aloysius this season.

The Pisgah Dragons, however, afforded the Flashes an easy romp in a 51-26 win.

St. Al (4-7, 1-3 Division 6-1A) led 35-6 at the half behind 20 points from Alex Lanier. For the second straight game, Lanier played only one half. St. Al coach Gary Miller cleared his bench and the reserves played the entire second half and only got outscored 20-16 by the Pisgah starters.

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“I was hoping I’d get a chance to pad my stats,” Lanier quipped. Lanier had 20 points in one half and an overtime in Friday night’s 80-75 overtime loss to Stringer. He had to sit out the first half of that game because of an ejection at Sebastopol.

“We haven’t had too many games like this one,” Miller said. “It sure makes you look like a much better coach. It was a fun little game for our guys. Getting to play all of them was really great.”

Pisgah (1-10) got off just five shots in the first quarter. Ten turnovers, six coming off direct steals by the Flashes, was the main reason why. Lanier scored 12 of his total in the period to stake St. Al to a 17-4 lead.

Lanier got eight more about four minutes into the second quarter and sat down for the game. Chris Lewis scored all of eight of his points to close out the half.

James Penley had five second half boards to tie Lanier and Tuggle for the team lead.

Jay Winsley paced Pisgah with 10 points.

Pisgah girls beat St. Al 75-38

Pisgah has been to the Mississippi Coliseum for the Class 1A State Tournament the past two years, but the Lady Dragons struggled for a half before turning it on.

Pisgah had just a 17-14 lead after a basket by Ashtin Giambrone early in the second quarter and led by nine at the half, 27-18.

The second half, Pisgah roared with a 26-6 third quarter to go up 53-24. Tennis Smith had 18 points.Carlye Smith had 12 points to lead the Lady Flashes (2-10, 0-4) and Aden Rials had 10.


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