SUTHERLAND — The Sutherland boys raced to a 21-6 first quarter lead and hit their free throws down the stretch, surviving the St. Pat’s press for a 58-53 win on Saturday.
Sophomore Ryan Richardson hit three 3-pointers and was 10-of-10 from the free throw line — 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter — to lead the Sailors (1-1) with 23 points.
Sutherland jumped to a 6-0 lead, not allowing the Irish (1-1) to score for the first three minutes of the game. Richardson capped an 11-2 start to the game with his first 3-pointer and sophomore Cameron Meyer put in an acrobatic layup with 2 seconds left to finish off a big frame for the Sailors.
“I really felt like, defensively, we had an idea of how we wanted to defend some of their set plays with our zone defense. The kids really executed that on that end. We limited them to really pretty few extra opportunities,” Sutherland head coach Dan Dyer said. “On the offensive end, we had some guys shoot the ball better than they did [in a loss against Broken Bow] on Thursday night.”
Basketball: St. Pat's at Sutherland
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Blake Scott — the lone senior on the Sailor squad — scored eight of his 13 in the first quarter and was 4-of-6 at the line in the fourth.
The teams traded baskets much of the second and third quarters before the Irish press started to get to the Sailors late.
A Jayden Brosius 3 with 4:44 remaining pulled the Irish to within 9 at 49-40, but that’s as close as they would get until Tyler Heiss’s 3 with 33 seconds left pulled the Irish to within 7 at 57-50.
Five seconds later, after a Sailor turnover, Gary White III hit a fall-away three to pull the Irish to within four. White scored all of his team-leading 12 points in the fourth quarter. Ben Vyzourek added 11 — all in the first half — and Gabe Vyzourek had 10 for the Irish.
Scott iced the game for the Sailors with a free throw with 14 seconds remaining.
The Sailors start four underclassmen along with Scott, and the early win over a rival could give them some confidence, Dyer said.
“I think that’s huge. Any time you have a young group that’s inexperienced they are going to have some highs and lows,” he said. “Fortunately, we played well enough early on and we hit enough free throws late to hold off the barrage. They really had us on our heels basically the entire fourth quarter.”
St, Pat’s 50, Sutherland 33
SUTHERLAND — Hayley Homan scored 16 and Riley Nitsch 15 as the Irish girls defeated Sutherland 50-33 in the first game of the girls-boys doubleheader on Saturday.
The Irish hit five 3-pointers — three in the first half — as they took a 26-11 lead to halftime.
Homan scored nine of her 16 in the third quarter as St. Pat’s stretched the 15 point lead to 18 at the end of the third quarter at 40-22.
Amanda McClellen chipped in nine for the Irish (2-0) and Haeven Schuster led the Sailors (1-1) with nine.
St. Pat’s faces Sandhills/Thedford on Monday, in a game rescheduled from Tuesday to Monday.
Sutherland travels to Ogallala on Friday.