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St. James opens year on five-game run

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos Courtesy of St. James Basketball

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – With only seven practices under the their belts, the St. James Trojans took to the hardwood and rattled off four wins to tipoff the season and then – on Tuesday – picked up win No. 5, knocking off Brew Tech.

“It’s nice to see my girls respond,” said Katie Barton, coach of the Trojans. “I was pleased with our offensive production and defensive effort. We faced several different playing styles during the tournament and I feel this was a good test for our girls. It can help us pinpoint some areas where we need some work. Playing Straughn and Geneva is also good for us. It is likely that we will see them down the road in the playoffs.”

Starting with the weekend Tip-Off Tournament – St. James started the season with a 62-46 win over Chilton County. The Trojans were led by Ava Card’s 27 points and six rebounds.

Barton: “Ava is an outstanding athlete and a great teammate. She committed herself this offseason to growing in basketball and the payoff is evident. Her dad, Coach Nigel Card has a ton to do with her development. But, Ava, also puts herself out there. My seventh grader spends a ton of time at the local Y with basketball and Ava is always up there putting in work with some of the other elite players in the city. This consistency and dedication is reflected by her play on the court. Her ceiling is so high. It’s exciting to be able to coach her.”

KK Hall added 15 points and five steals. Danielle Greene chipped in with eight baskets and boards.

After squeezing the Tigers to open the tournament, the Trojans returned to the court facing Straughn for the first time since last season’s sub-regional showdown. St. James made short work of their opponent and raced out to a 35-14 lead. Again, it was Card who was dealing for the Trojans, scoring 29 on 10-of-14 shooting from the field. Hall opened the game sinking back-to-back triples on the way to finishing the night with 12 points. Greene finished the affair a point shy of a double-double scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards. Seventh-grader Natalie Barton scored eight points on a 50 percent shooting night and also dished out four assists.

St. James moved on to face Geneva – marking their third game in less than 24 hours – and picked up a 60-30 victory. Card led the Trojans with 19 points and six rebounds. Hall added 11 points and was four times an on-court pickpocket.

Barton scored eight and accounted for four rebounds.

In the tournament finale – the Trojans solidified their run with a 43-37 win over Loachapoka. Card scored 22 and Hall added 10 to the final tally.

St. James – on Tuesday – knocked off Brew Tech to record their second win over the Rams since 2012. This was also the first meeting of the teams since 2014.

The Trojans outscored them 59-52 for their fifth of the season.

Hall led the floorshow Tuesday, scoring 21. Her effort was highlighted by six triples, shooting 75 percent from the three. She also snagged 7 steals. Card finished the night with 22. Greene had a double double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. 

Erin Martin – for Brew Tech – posted 24 to lead all scorers. Jillion Boice scored 19.  The Trojans led most of the game, pushing as far ahead as eight at one point before the Rams pulled it back to two at 47-45 midway through the fourth.

The St. James Junior Varsity and Middle School squads were also  on point Tuesday night winning 41-34 and 27-12 respectively.

Sydney Johnston led the JV Trojans with 17 points.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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