By ERIC VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve girls’ basketball team is still seeking its first victory of the season.
West County proved to be too much, which included a whopping 31 free-throw attempts, as the Bulldogs topped the Dragons 51-31 last Thursday at Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium.
They played really well on defense when you were in the halfcourt,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Jordanna Walk-Robison. “They were physical, had a lot of length and put pressure on us defensively.”
Ste. Genevieve tried to keep West County under control by moving its pressure defensive alignment back.
The Dragons played well defensively, and even rebounded well — but it wasn’t enough.
Alli Byington was Ste. Genevieve’s leading scorer with nine points. Teammate Ava Meyer pulled down a team-best five rebounds. Regean Naeger swiped three steals. Byington also dished off three assists.
West County pulled away from Ste. Genevieve in the second quarter, outscoring the Dragons 16-8 for a 24-15 halftime lead. Bailey Skiles gave the Bulldogs their first double-digit lead early in the third quarter.
Lexi Warren’s 3-pointer with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter brought the Dragons within 13 points, 43-30. However, the Bulldogs finished the game on a 8-1 run by living at the free-throw line.
Skiles paced all scorers with 13 points, and teammate Alivia Simily contributed 12 for the winners.
The Dragons and Bulldogs played a two-quarter junior varsity game as well, with West County prevailing 16-14. Kayden Huck tallied five points and Kiki Asher four for Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve (0-6) will play a pair of games this week, including this past Monday’s home contest versus Arcadia Valley. The Dragons play at Kingston on Thursday.
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