STE. GENEVIEVE – The Ste. Genevieve boys basketball team frequently scored inside, and earned a large advantage at the free-throw line against Valle Catholic on Friday night.
The Dragons shot 26-of-36 from the stripe, and defeated their neighboring rivals for the fifth straight time overall with a 76-49 victory.
Junior Brady Boyer notched eight of his game-high 20 points for Ste. Genevieve (2-3) from the line, and added seven rebounds with a strong performance in the post.
Senior Gabe Greminger contributed three shots from the perimeter, and finished with 16 points plus six rebounds.
The Dragons began scoring down low early with quick transition baskets. Drew Toombs would often grab missed fast-break shots, and kick the ball out for open second chances. He paced all players with nine boards.
Carter Roth broke an early 8-0 Ste. Genevieve run by grabbing a rebound, and preceded to finish a 3-point play on the other end to bring Valle Catholic (0-2) within 8-5 with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Roth and Aaron Doza each ended with 10 points for the Warriors.
Chad Donze and Greminger each sank a 3-pointer during the first two minutes of the second quarter, and Chase Koller added an uncontested layup in transition two possessions later for a 28-18 Ste. Genevieve advantage.
The Dragons continued to apply pressure, and steadily urged turnovers to help widen their lead. Greminger converted a layup with 20 seconds on the clock to put the Dragons ahead 42-28 at halftime.
Each side earned four chances from the stripe as they combined for five team fouls during the first two minutes of the second half.
Derek Morganthaler secured a 49-29 lead for the Dragons in the third quarter by draining a two-point jumper with his foot inches over the arc.
Valle Catholic reached the line more often late in the third period to slightly chip away, but struggled to slow the opposing transition offense.
Ste. Genevieve recaptured a 20-point margin after Donze finished a Euro-step layup with three minutes remaining to play.
The Warriors tried forcing the ball into the post for easy looks down the stretch, but their attempts usually resulted in turnovers.
Morgantahler and Donze each finished with 10 points for the Dragons.