Basketball roundup: Flashes rout Tallulah; PCA wins second in a row

Published 10:34 am Friday, December 3, 2021

St. Aloysius’ goal this week was to get back to .500. The number referred to the team’s record, although the Flashes were ready to go for it in a couple of other statistical categories on Thursday.

Matthew Pitre grabbed 22 rebounds, to go along with 14 points and six blocks, and the Flashes sank nine 3-pointers in a 72-44 boys’ basketball win over Tallulah Academy.

Ahmed Stewart and Korey Sims made five of St. Al’s 3-pointers in the third quarter, when it blew the game open. After taking a 10-point lead into halftime, the Flashes outscored Tallulah 21-8 in the third quarter to take a 57-34 lead.

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Stewart finished with a game-high 20 points and Sims had 12. Lazaveon Sylvester also reached double figures, with 10 points.

Henry Ellerbee led Tallulah Academy with 12 points, and Kemper Lively had 10.

St. Al (4-4) won its second game in a row to get its record back to even. It will host Greenville-St. Joseph on Monday night, and then finish 2021 with three consecutive road games at Porter’s Chapel Academy (Dec. 7), Madison-St. Joseph (Dec. 10) and Cathedral (Dec. 17).

Tallulah Academy 33, St. Aloysius 29
Abigail Kennedy scored all 12 of her points in the second half, Ginny Claire Hargrave added 10, and Tallulah Academy held off St. Aloysius down the stretch in the girls’ half of Thursday’s doubleheader.

Maddy McSherry and Emily Cook led St. Al (2-4) with 10 points apiece, and Falyn Lusby scored six. All of Cook’s points came in the second half. The Lady Flashes, however, missed their last three shots — including a pair of layups that could have given them the lead with less than a minute to go.

“Honestly, the only thing hurting us right now is our shots. We’re getting the opportunity but we’re just falling short,” St. Al coach Savannah Buck said. “But they’re improving every day and their teamwork is getting much better. We’re going to get there.”

Tallulah was just 4-for-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, but most of its makes came in crucial spots and it also grabbed some big rebounds off of the misses.

Chandler Wood made the front end of a one-and-one to break a 24-24 tie with 4:20 left. She missed the second free throw, but Hargrave got the rebound and Kennedy made a layup for a 27-24 lead that Tallulah held the rest of the game.

Later, after St. Al cut it to one point, Kennedy made a layup with 30 seconds left and Evelyn Morgan split a pair of free throws with 16 seconds to go to make it 33-29. Tallulah grabbed the rebound off of Morgan’s miss as well, and dribbled out 8 of the final 16 seconds.

Porters’ Chapel 54, Manchester 33
Nic Williams led three players in double figures with 16 points, while Lawson Selby and Jace Riggs did some good work inside to help Porter’s Chapel Academy’s boys’ basketball team win its second district game in a row.

Selby finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for PCA (5-4, 2-0 MAIS District 3-3A). Riggs did not score any points, but had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

“He played outstanding defense,” PCA coach Walter Hallberg said of Riggs. “He played terrific, he just didn’t score.”

Chris Taylor also scored 14 points for PCA, which played its third game in five days and reached the halfway point of a busy stretch. It will play three more games next week — at home against defending MAIS CLass 3A champion Greenville Christian and St. Aloysius on Monday and Tuesday, and then at Benton Academy on Dec. 9.