VINEMONT– The Vinemont Eagles started hot Thursday night against the St. Bernard Saints. Katch Johnson scored the first six Eagle points on a pair of threes, prompting a St. Bernard timeout. Coming out of the break, the Saints tied the game but another three by Johnson gave the lead right back to Vinemont. A late Elijah Price layup produced the last points in the frame with Vinemont holding a slim 12-11 lead.
St. Bernard flipped the script in the second quarter. The Saints started the second strong with a 6-0 run to go up 17-12. Johnson scored the only points for the Eagles in the quarter, a deep three, his fourth of the game, and a pair from the free-throw line. St. Bernard pushed the lead to 10, 27-17, going to the half.
The second half was full of non-stop action. The Eagles and the Saints spent the entire third quarter swapping baskets and trading possessions, playing to a standstill. The Saints took their a 10-point advantage to the fourth.
Vinemont played with heart and determination in the fourth, but the Saints were up to the challenge. They staved off the Eagles' comeback bid and held on to win, 50-46.
Price and Christian Peterson led the Saints, with 14 apiece. Peterson also got four rebounds and seven assists. Price had 18 rebounds and four blocks.
For the Eagles, it was Johnson leading the way with a game-high 22 points. Connor Handley got 12 and Jack Hill 10.
Vinemont 40, St. Bernard 37 (Girls)
It took all of 32 minutes to decide the game between the Lady Eagles and the Lady Saints.
St. Bernard and Vinemont used the first quarter to feel each other out, with the Lady Saints getting the better end of the exchange. They took a 10-8 lead after one.
The second quarter was fast and furious with both teams running the floor well and pouring in the points. The dust settled, and St. Bernard took a 19-18 lead to the half.
In the third, Vinemont was finally able to close the gap and pulled even at 31 heading to the fourth.
The fourth was back-and-forth, filled with nail-biting moments. St. Bernard was forced to foul down the stretch, allowing the Lady Eagles to stay just ahead, taking the game, 40-37.
Madysen Hacker led the Lady Eagles with 19, followed by Bailey Preiss with 12.
For the Lady Saints, it was Emma Tafazoli with 14 and Claire Sanders with 12.
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