By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
As the pre-game music blared inside St. Bernard’s gym on Thursday night, the Saints’ boys basketball team prepared for their game against West End.
Following the game, however, one might have wondered why Foreigner’s Cold as Ice didn’t grace the speakers beforehand.
The Saints came out ice cold as they started the game 2-16 from the field, got down by 14 points in the first quarter and then never recovered in a 59-27 loss to the Patriots.
The Saints couldn’t buy a basket until midway through the second quarter where they were able to keep the game within striking distance heading into halftime.
Unfortunately for the Saints, the offense never came as they only score 10 points in the second half en route to the overwhelming loss.
St. Bernard’s Sean Moriarty did his part for the Saints, finishing the game with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks.
The Saints’ main offensive weapon, JaDavian Roland, was fiercely guarded the whole night, collecting just seven points in the loss.
Other Saint contributors included Alex Anderson, who tallied four points and guard Dean Smith and Jacob Grey, both of whom scored a two-point bucket.
St. Bernard will look to put this loss past them as they head to John Carroll High School to participate in the Catholic Diocese Game on Saturday before heading to Falkville next Monday in an all-important area game.
% West End 48, St. Bernard 25
The Saints put up a good fight in the first half before a disasterous third quarter let the game slip away in a 22-point loss to the Lady Patriots on Thursday night.
The Saints trailed by just two points heading into the half, using a product of timely offense and good defensive plays.
Unfortunately for the Saints, a third quarter mired with turnovers and missed shots allowed the game to get out of hand quickly.
In the end, the Patriots’ Morgan Cleveland proved the difference for West End, netting 24 points in the runaway victory.
It didn’t help the Saints’ cause that their best post defender, Katherine Gamble, fouled out early in the third quarter, allowing Cleveland to score some easy baskets right under the goal.
St. Bernard was led by Michayla Brown’s six points. Teammate Alli Messick came in with five points, while Zoie Wilson added four for the Saints.
Zana Wilson and Katherine Gamble each scored three with Audrey Cofield and Aymee Chauvin both contributing two.
‰ Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.