BASKETBALL

Bulldogs pull away from St. John in District 8-1A

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle's Samson Westley converts ahead of St. John's Hayden Hemenway in the first half of the Bulldogs' 71-46 District 8-1A victory on Friday night. Hemenway had 18 points and Westley 14. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

WHITE CASTLE - White Castle High School extended a 16-point halftime lead into a 71-46 District 8-1A victory over St. John on Friday night at WCHS' gym.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 2-0), under coach Troy Green, also played Ascension Catholic on Tuesday. White Castle travels to West St. John Friday and hosts East Iberville Tuesday.

"We are happy to win because that helps us toward our goal but the main thing is we need to get everybody some reps," Green said.

"We went through a stretch where we didn't have our whole team with us for different reasons and we really just got everybody back in the last week. We are trying to build cohesiveness and utilize our depth. We have a few kids that can get up and down the court so we just want to play to our advantage."

The Eagles (10-11, 0-2), under coach Antonio Broadway, also played West St. John Tuesday. St. John hosts East Iberville Friday and travels to Ascension Christian Tuesday.

"We had too many turnovers that killed us," Broadway said. "They came out in a full court press and we were unable to adjust to it. White Castle is a good ball club. We just have to stay consistent and eliminate the turnovers."

Samson Westley led the Bulldogs with 14 points including two 3-pointers. Ja'Trye Carter and Robert Franklin each added 10, Tyidous Lang nine, Swayne Edwards and Moses Young each eight, JaCorey Washington seven, Chris Green three and Harold Zachary two.

Hayden Hemenway had a game-high 18 points for St. John including three 3-pointers. Gavin Primeaux added eight, Willie Williams seven, Tyler St. Germain six on two treys, Bailey Whittington five and Princeton Young two.

Westley's jumper in the lane put White Castle ahead for good following Williams' floater before the Bulldogs went on a 16-0 run. Edwards converted consecutive baskets and fed Lang after his runner before converting in transition to make it 16-2 at the four minute mark when the Bulldogs had a mass substitution.

Franklin's nifty move gave White Castle a 24-7 lead going into the second quarter after Primeaux's 18-footer and Young's inside bucket following Hemenway's 3-pointer from the right wing and Zachary's runner.

Williams' trey from the right wing cut it to 26-17 around the 4:19 mark when the Bulldogs had another mass substitution. Hemenway converted a jumper and off a steal for a 3-point play to cut into the lead.

Westley's 3-pointer from the right wing put White Castle ahead 34-18 at halftime after he drove baseline and converted off a steal.

Lang's three ball pushed the lead to 48-20 near the 3:36 mark during another substitution after his baseline floater and Westley's 3-pointer from the right wing before Washington's putback.

St. Germain's 3-pointer from the right corner and Whittington's putback cut into the deficit but Young answered with a baseline hook before Franklin's 3-point play off a steal put White Castle ahead 55-27 going into the fourth quarter.

Franklin's 3-pointer from the left wing opened the final frame before Hemenway answered from the right wing but Carter converted a hook shot and putback to push the lead to 62-30.

Hemenway drained another trey from the left corner off an inbounds pass but Young and Carter converted inside before a final mass substitution at the 3:57 mark.

Primeaux drove lane and Hemenway converted from behind the arc once more to reflect the final tally following Green's 3-pointer from the left wing and St. Germain's from the right corner off a rebound.