Coleman nets win No. 600 as St. Al beats Washington

Published 6:54 pm Saturday, January 23, 2021

In a span of 24 hours, the St. Aloysius Lady Flashes surpassed last season’s win total and gave their coach a milestone victory.

Elizabeth Theriot made two free throws with a minute to go to give St. Al the lead, and Falyn Lusby hit one more with seven seconds left to seal it as the Lady Flashes beat Washington School 34-31 on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor Chewning scored 14 points and Kendyl Rice had six for St. Al (7-9), which won its second game in as many days. It beat Park Place on Friday night. The back-to-back victories allowed St. Al to surpass last year’s 5-17 record with one game left in the regular season and potentially a few more in the postseason.

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Sloan Lackey led Washington School with 11 points.

“We’ve won more and played fewer games,” St. Al coach Mike Coleman said.

Coleman, meanwhile, reached a milestone by earning his 600th career victory as a girls’ basketball coach in Mississippi. His 34-year career has included stints at Vicksburg High, Clinton and Raymond, and he won a state championship with the latter in 2015.

“It just means I’m getting old,” Coleman said with a laugh. “It is good to get. It’s longevity, and being the coach of a lot of good basketball teams.”

Washington 51, St. Aloysius 43
Joseph Smith and Kell Hodges each made three of Washington School’s eight 3-pointers, and the Generals beat St. Aloysius in a Saturday matinee.

Smith scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, while Hodges finished with 15.

Isiah Thomas scored a game-high 25 points for St. Al, and was 14-for-19 from the free throw line. Carter Magee added nine points.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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