BOYS HOOPS: St. Henry sizzles inside 3-point arc in win over St. Marys

ST. HENRY — The ball barely touched the floor when St. Henry got its half-court offense clicking in the third quarter of its 71-48 win over St. Marys on Friday night.

The Redskins zipped the ball around and found a steady diet of point-blank baskets to feed a big third  quarter.

“St. Henry passes the ball very, very well,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said. “It allows their team to get nice, easy looks.”

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St. Henry shot 74 percent inside the 3-point arc on the night and went 9-of-11 from two-point range in the third quarter to extend its eight-point halftime lead into a 20-point advantage through three quarters.

“After half, we were able to break down their triangle and two more and get some easy baskets and made some outside shots, too. From there we rolled,” St. Henry head coach Eric Rosenbeck said.

St. Henry senior center Kyle Stahl scored a team-high 20 points. Jordan Bender and Ryan Mikesell scored 16 points apiece, and Alex Post added 13 points.

Getting the 6-foot-4 Stahl more touches inside was a goal at the half for Rosenbeck’s team. St. Henry shot  46 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Redskins were just 2-of-11 from 3-point distance.

“We didn’t think he touched it enough,” Rosenbeck said. “We didn’t think he had to shoot it, but he needed to touch it because the eyes of the defense are going to naturally go to him with the player that he is.”

Stahl became more involved in the second half and St. Henry took off.

The Redskins outscored St. Marys 22-12 in the third quarter to effectively put the game away.

“We got it down to eight at the half and then we gave up six straight points to start the second half,” Hegemier said. “Then we had to start gambling and they attacked the basket.”

St. Marys stayed in the game in the first half with the deep shooting of senior point guard Garet Fledderjohann and a late barrage of trips to the free throw line in the second quarter.

Fledderjohann scored a game-high 26 points.

 “We want to play more and more man-to-man defense as the year goes on and Fledderjohann basically single-handedly made us go out of that,” Rosenbeck said.

St. Henry scored the game’s first seven points and its 1-3-1 trapping zone defense caused St. Marys troubles getting its offense set up in the early going.

“We tried to keep it out of the corners. Our young guys got into traps and kind of froze and they got easy baskets out of it,” Hegemier said. “But we’ll get better. We’ll really work on the mental aspects of the game.”

St. Marys committed 17 turnovers. St. Henry committed seven turnovers.

Sophomores Quinn Zaerr scored eight points and Isaac Fitzgerald had seven points.

The win gives St. Henry six straight wins over the Roughriders and eight wins in the last nine meetings.

St. Marys falls to 0-2 on the season. The Roughriders open Western Buckeye League play next Friday at Kenton.

St. Henry improved to 3-0. The Redskins host Mississinawa Valley tonight.

St. Henry scored 71 points despite only taking four shots from the free throw line.

The St. Henry junior varsity team handed the Roughrider JV squad its first loss, 50-46.  St. Marys’ Tyler Sullivan scored a team-high 13 points for the Riders.