- Cullman, Alabama

November 28, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Moriarty goes beast mode in St. Bernard sweep

Lady Lions, Raiders notch victories; Aggies win, too

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

HUNTSVILLE — St. Bernard’s prayers came in loud and clear on Tuesday night, as the Saints’ boys and girls basketball teams swept Whitesburg Christian on the road.

The boys made it close with 51-46 result, while the girls pulled away in a 40-24 final.

Sean Moriarity was more of a machine than a boy in St. Bernard’s (2-4) latest ballgame, and his setting was clearly switched to beast mode. He racked up a monster double-double with 21 points and 23 rebounds.

JaDavian Roland staked his claim with 12 points and six assists, followed by contributions from Gavin Harris, seven points; Dean Smith, five points; John Gurtowski, four points; and Jacob Grey, two points.

Freshman Zana Wilson was the top scorer for the Saints’ girls (3-2) with 12 points. Aymee Chauvin was right on her teammate’s heels with eight points, Katherine Gamble tossed in six, Zoie Wilson and Michayla Brown each had five points, and Audrey Cofield was good for four.

Both St. Bernard squads will face Susan Moore today at home.

Varsity girls

% Cullman Christian 52, Cornerstone Christian 40:
Lions’ coach Jason White had gotten used to blowing out opponents through six games this season.

So when his team allowed the Chargers to score as many points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday as they had in the first three combined and close the final deficit to 12, he wasn’t exactly in familar territory.

“I guess you can’t beat everybody 70-9,” White said with a laugh, referring to Cullman Christian’s rout of Brooklane Baptist earlier this month. “But we had enough to hold out and finish them off. It was an area game, and that was important.”

Haley White did a bit of everything with 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals, while Yancey York, Eliza Siegenthaler and Jordan Canaday all scored 12 points apiece.

York had a spectacular night on the boards with 20 rebounds to go along with six steals and four assists but still walked off the court unhappy with her performance.

“They all did,” Coach White said. “Because of the way they played there at the end.”

White said Siegenthaler had her best game of the season, if not of her prep career. In addition to her 12-point total, she pitched in eight rebounds and four steals.

“She is typically a defensive specialist, but she brought her offense to this one, too,” the coach said.

Canaday dished out nine assists, Louanne Stillwell pulled down nine rebounds and Christine Aldijaili had two points to round out the Lions’ contributors.

Cullman Christian (7-0) will look to keep its record spotless on Friday at home versus Evangel Christian Academy.

“That’s the one team in three years we’ve never beaten, so we really want to win this one,” White said.

% Good Hope 52, Priceville 32: Darcie Wilson scored 15 points, Cara Goodwin had 12 and the Raiders beat the Bulldogs for the second time in a week on Tuesday night at home.

Good Hope held only a narrow 23-17 advantage going into halftime but put the game out of reach late to improve to 3-6 at this early juncture in the season.

Kacy Thomas accounted for eight points, while Kayla Tillman and Savannah Fendley each had four.

The Raiders will host Danville on Friday.

Varsity Boys

% Fairview 56, Vinemont 41:
Andy Hendrix went wild for 22 points, and Luke Bailey and Peter Kessler both were good for 10 apiece to hand the Aggies their third straight win.

Blake Parker came up just short of a double-double with 13 rebounds and eight points. He also had two blocks for Fairview, which has jumped out to a 4-1 start.

Lance Stanley kept his shooting hand red hot with 15 points for the Eagles. Vinemont (2-5) has lost four consecutive games since a 53-33 win against Class 1A Falkville on Nov. 20.

The Aggies will host Cold Springs on Friday. The Eagles will play Hanceville at Wallace State’s Tom Drake Coliseum.

Junior Varsity Girls

% Rilee White’s stats were unintentionally left out of The Times in Wednesday’s prep basketball roundup, which included a capsule of Cold Springs’ 43-18 victory over Vinemont in JV girls’ action.

White had six points in Cold Springs’ winning effort.

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.