Cathedral splits games with Saints

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2001

Cathedral High and St. Andrews split a District 6-2A doubleheader Friday night at the Cathedral High School Gym.

In the varsity girls game, the Cathedral Lady Green Wave defeated the St. Andrews Lady Saints 20-19 in what was one of the worst offensive performances by two teams in recent memory.

Both teams combined for 54 turnovers (34 by St. Andrews, 20 by Cathedral), 39 fouls (20 called on St. Andrews, 19 on Cathedral) and 12-for-82 shooting (St. Andrews – 7-for-47; Cathedral – 5-for-35).

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&uot;I’m glad we won, but we didn’t play fundamentally well,&uot; said Lady Green Wave head coach Craig Beesley.

The first quarter saw St. Andrews (4-10, 2-5) make only one basket – a three-pointer by Rivers Spencer – and Cathedral (6-4, 3-3) score only one point on a free throw by Mary-Margaret Alwood.

The Lady Green Wave took the lead on a three-pointer by Kelsey Stephens – Cathedral’s first made field goal of the game – with 5:32 to go in the second quarter.

Cathedral outscored St. Andrews 13-4 in the quarter to take seven-point halftime lead.

St. Andrews tied the game at 19 with under 20 seconds to go, but Cathedral’s Vee Brice hit one of two free throws with seven seconds left.

St. Andrews’s Laci McCullouch, who led all scorers with 10 points, tried to call a time out, but the clock ran out and Cathedral came away with the win.

&uot;I’m glad to see us get back to .500 in district,&uot; coach Beesley said.

Stephens led Cathedral with five points.

In the varsity boys game, the Saints used a big first quarter for a 65-37 win over the Green Wave.

St. Andrews (9-5, 4-3) jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter and took a 22-5 lead on Cathedral (1-10, 0-6) at the end of the quarter

&uot;St. Andrews hit a couple of three-pointers in the first quarter and that took us out of our zone and that hurt us,&uot; said Green Wave head coach Ken Beesley Jr.

The Saints led by no less than 21 points from the second quarter on.

Larry Thomas led Cathedral with 10 points.

Cathedral next plays at Hinds Agricultural High School in district action beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.