Mt. St. Joe routs Winters Mill

Boys basketball

December 13, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Winters Mill visited top-ranked Mount St. Joseph in Irvington last night. Few people expected the Carroll County visitors to win on the Gaels' home court and they didn't, losing, 63-43.

But it was a learning experience for both teams.

The No. 14 Falcons (1-2) played well in spurts until the Gaels' press overwhelmed them in the second half along with the play of 6-foot-11, Georgetown-bound Henry Sims and sophomore point guard Eric Atkins.

Sims and Atkins combined for 33 points as Mount St. Joseph shot 45 percent from the field (21-for-47) and went 17-for-19 from the line, including 13-for-13 in the second half.

Winters Mill guard Devon Lesniak scored a game-high 21 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and forward Cammeron Woodyard had 12 points and seven rebounds. Franklin transfer Rashad Blackwell had only two points but contributed eight rebounds despite getting into foul trouble.

"We learned about how to play with a lead," coach Pat Clatchey said of his Gaels' tuneup for tomorrow's home game against No. 15 John Carroll (6-1).

"They were good. They have some good players and some size. It was a learning game. Henry [Sims] and other seniors have been doing a good job, and Eric [Atkins] has played just extremely well. I like to call him `Smooth.'"

Sims dominated in the paint, scoring 11 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as the Gaels (4-0) pulled away from a 34-18 halftime lead to a 54-29 lead going into the final period.

"I've got to take more responsibility for the team than in previous years," said Sims, who had 10 rebounds and three blocked shots and started off well in his new role as a senior leader.

"I'm the only big man. It's more responsibility than anything. I've got to stay out [of] foul trouble and learn how to be disciplined on defense and offense."

No. 13 River Hill 45, Glenelg 39 -- Zach Serleth and Trey Ames combined for five three-pointers to lead the Hawks (2-1). Serleth and Ames finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Phil Ashtianie had 10 for River Hill. The Hawks took a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and held off the Gladiators (1-2) until the fourth.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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