By ERIC X. VICCARO
Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ basketball player Abby Moore took a charge during the middle of the second quarter.
Moore’s charge — along with Maci Reynolds’ 3-point shooting skill and Marysa Flieg’s mid-range jumpers — helped the Dragons wallop Herculaneum 52-23 last Wednesday at Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium.
“The girls figured out they needed to play defense to create offense,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Jordanna Walk-Robison. “We had to put more pressure on them.”
Ste. Genevieve opened the season 1-0, while Herculaneum dropped to 1-1 (having beaten Windsor last week). The Dragons are tentatively off until Dec. 7 for Sikeston, which will be “Senior Night.”
Both Reynolds and Flieg netted a Dragons’ best 18 points, with Flieg 8-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line.
Herculaneum’s Paige Fowler dropped in a basket inside to give the Blackcats a 13-9 lead with 6:44 left in the second quarter — that was their largest advantage of the game.
Then the Dragons went on a 16-5 run for the remainder of the period, and Ste. Genevieve whitewashed Herculaneum 14-0 in the third quarter. Reynolds canned a pair of 3-balls to fuel the spurt.
What was once a taut game turned into a laugher as Ste. Genevieve rolled to a 39-18 cushion after three periods — capped by Alison Braun feeding Flieg inside for two with 8.9 tickets remaining in the frame.
Ste. Genevieve’s high-powered performance helped induce the state-mandated 30-point running clock rule for stretches of the fourth quarter.
Walk-Robison said the Dragons had first-game jitters, and needed to overcome them for success. Ste. Genevieve also committed the first eight fouls of the game.