By ERIC X. VICCARO
Every game is a learning experience for the Valle Catholic High School boys’ basketball team.
That was the case on Monday, Jan. 25, as Mineral Area Activities Association Small School Division foe West County traveled to Ste. Genevieve for a game.
“West County gave us some different defensive looks, so that was good for us to see,” Valle Catholic head coach Tyler Search said. “They played hard, and made things difficult for us at times.”
The Warriors and Bulldogs were deadlocked at 9-all after one quarter of play, before Valle Catholic outscored West County 20-4 in the second quarter.
That put the Warriors ahead 29-13 at recess, and the rest was child’s play for the hometown team that won 61-40.
Carter Hoog provided his customary all-around performance with a game-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line, to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot.
Chase Fallert also excelled on this night with 17 points (including a whopping five 3’s) plus a team-best five assists, three steals and five rebounds. Cory Stoll contributed nine points and six rebounds. Harry Oliver grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Valle Catholic (11-6) continues playing fabulous basketball with five victories in its past six games.
“We are working hard to get better every day,” Search said. “That is our main focus right now because we want to be playing our best basketball down the stretch.”
Valle Catholic was originally scheduled to play Jefferson R-7 at home on Tuesday, Jan. 26; but, the game was pushed back to Monday, Feb. 15, out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19.