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Saints turn out Knights

January 31, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - St. James swept Grace Academy on Monday in a Washington County private school girls-boys basketball doubleheader. The Saints girls scored a 51-32 win, followed by the boys 69-45 victory at Alumni Hall.

St. James' boys jumped out to an early 11-2 lead over Grace (6-13) as all five starters scored during the first 2:37.

Grace Academy coach Jim Fahey was forced called a timeout. The stopage apparently helped as the Knights proceeded to outscore the Saints 20-10 over the next 10 minutes to take a 22-21 with 3:47 remaining before halftime. Point guard James Horochowski got nine of his team-high 17 points to pace the Knights.

It was the only lead Grace Academy owned. St. James (7-9) scored the last eight points of the half to take a 29-22 lead.

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The Saints outscored the Knights 22-9 during the third quarter to stretch their lead to 51-31 as point guard Shannon Strange scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the period.

"I think our press with Shannon Strange and Colin McWilliams up front and Perry Titus-Glover in the back was just too much for them," St. James coach Mike Brooks said.

"That press started to really become effective in the second half. Shannon also did a good job of running our offense in the second half. He made sure that we were patient and that we were taking good shots."

Strange added eight assists and eight rebounds. T.K. Washington grabbed 11 rebounds, while Titus-Glover and McWilliams scored 10 points each for the Saints.

Zack Koontz had 13 rebounds and Jamie Heckman got eight rebounds for the Knights.

"St. James did a good job of pressuring us," Fahey said. "We didn't handle that well. St. James was physical tonight, but we weren't physical enough to match up against them. St. James did a nice job. They hustled, they were scrappy and they played with a lot of desire tonight."

n In the girls game, St. James (4-12) led Grace Academy (7-13) 22-14 margin midway through the second quarter. The Saints pulled away with 17 straight points to extend the lead at the half and increase it ot 39-14 by the midway point of the third quarter.

Leila Chouai scored 16 points, while Julia McKeachie added 10 points for St. James. Fatimah Jefferson had 13 rebounds, while Heather Lowery collected seven rebounds for the Saints.

Megan Cox led the Knights with 11 points.

"Intensity and teamwork were the keys to our victory today," St. James coach Robin Curley said. "We did a good job of pressing. It kept our intensity up and that carried over to offense. Defense is definitely one of our strengths. The girls stayed active on defense. Fatimah Jefferson wanted the ball. So, she went and fought for it. She got the rebounds. Once our kids get a lead, they continue to play up."

Grace Academy's effort was hampered by shooting a disappointing 4-for-16 from the foul line.

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