Wildcats claw apart Flashes

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2011

For the first 12 minutes, St. Aloysius played at its best level of the season. The next 16 minutes were another story.

Sebastopol rallied from a 24-10 deficit by shooting 65 percent from the second quarter until the game was out of reach with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats picked up a key Division 7-1A win by blasting the Flashes 63-45 Friday night.

The disappointing loss, which dropped St. Al to 3-4 in the division and 5-14 overall, had Flashes coach Richard Hodges steamed.

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“They went to a run and jump, but we’ve seen way better against North Panola and Charleston,” Hodges said. “The same thing happened for a while at Bogue Chitto. But tonight I didn’t think our seniors played up to their potential. Our rebounding was terrible. Our off-the-ball game was null and void. We’re a motion team and we just stood around.”

Up 14-10 after one quarter, the Flashes scored the first 10 points of the second quarter. Sean Johnson drained a pair of 3-pointers off feeds from Ford Biedenharn. Matthew Foley added a basket and Johnson had a layup to complete the run.

Sebastopol answered with a 20-4 spurt to grab the lead at 30-28. Four different players scored but Eric Burkes had the hottest hand with four baskets while James Patrick dropped in a 3-pointer. St. Al was able to tie the game before halftime on a putback by Kameron Reed.

Johnson’s runner two minutes deep into the third quarter tied the game for the last time at 33. The Wildcats began feasting on second-chance points as St. Al’s defensive rebounding disappeared. Up 38-35, Sebastopol scored the last seven points of the third quarter to go up 47-35.

Sebastopol’s James Patrick got hot with eight straight points to boost the lead to 20. He finished with 25 points to lead all scorers. Walter Burks had 14 points and Wayne Bass had 12.

Sebastopol coach Wayne Wilson credited a switch in defensive assignments.

“We put Wayne Bass on Biedenharn and he did a great job,” Wilson said. “He was able to stop his penetration and then, we were able to get some easy baskets. We just seemed to find our groove.”

St. Al was led by Johnson with 15 points and four assists. Biedenharn had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Flashes hit 10 of their first 18 shots but then made only seven of their last 32.

(G) Sebastopol 39, St. Aloysius 26

The Lady Flashes (5-13, 2-4 7-1A) could not sustain a good opening quarter and fell to Sebastopol.

St. Al led 10-4, but could not stop the Lady Wildcats from scoring off the block. Sebastopol (12-7, 4-2) got 15 points from Lexus Kennedy and 10 from Cydnel Webb to grab the win. All 25 of their points came from inside the lane.

St. Al coach Alisa Scott said the Flashes couldn’t maintain their early level of play.

“We had a good game plan and were going with it pretty good,” Scott said. “Then we reverted back to turnovers not remembering where we’re supposed to be.”

Sara Howington had eight points and nine rebounds for St. Al. Allie Willis had seven points. Willis’ 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter made it 33-26, but baskets by Kennedy and Lexus stopped the comeback.

(B) Terry 74, Warren Central 54

Jesse Johnson scored 17 points and Jeremy Harper added 12 for Warren Central (9-11). Kevin Welch led Terry with 19 points.