By ERIC X. VICCARO
Scheduling in the middle of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has proven to become a difficult challenge.
This past Friday evening was a case in point as the Class 4 Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ basketball team played Class 6 Fort Zumwalt North at Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium.
“They are a very big team,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Robert Coleman. “They are tall with a lot of size, and they outrebounded us.”
Coleman said the Panthers, in turn, were able to score points in transition with outlet passes leading to layups.
Fort Zumwalt North’s front court averages 6-feet, 8-inches in height — so this was truly a “tall task” for the hometown Dragons.
The Panthers outrebounded Ste. Genevieve (4-3 record) by a 31-22 margin, and Fort Zumwalt North recorded six blocked shots.
By intermission, Fort Zumwalt North had doubled up Ste. Genevieve with a 44-22 advantage.
The Panthers’ lead grew larger in the second half, but Coleman was proud of how the Dragons played during the salvo.
“I thought our intensity on defense picked up,” Coleman said, “and we attacked the basket better. We were able to get some good buckets.”
Fort Zumwalt North’s K.J. Lee paced all scorers with 30 points, including three 3-pointers and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Ricky Hunter and Logan Trollinger were the lone Dragons to score in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Aiden Boyer added seven points, and a team-leading five rebounds (two on the offensive glass).