When a team has quarters of 2, 5, 3 and 4, they hardly can expect to win a game. Unfortunately, that was the fate of Villa Duchesne in the semifinals of the Class 4, District 6 basketball playoffs at Clayton.
MICDS polished off the Saints easily, 52-14 in another clock-shortened finish. MICDS improved its record to 23-2, and meets the winner of Westminster Christian Academy/Visitation Academy for the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m.
The game was a look ahead to the future of Rams basketball. Freshman Taylor Baur had 16 points to lead all scorers. Though 8 players scored for MICDS, no one else was in double figures.
The Rams opened up with a 16-2 first quarter lead and had a commanding lead of 25-7 at the halftime break.
Sophomore Liz Lewis came off the bench and scored 6 for the Rams.
Coach Scott Small had some post-game observations. “Taylor (Baur) had a monster game. We have a bunch of young kids who come off our bench, and that’s by design. We run them in and out. Taylor gave us a big game inside and our younger players got their first experience of district play and I thought they did well.”
“There was a two-minute gap in the second quarter where we were a flustered by our effort. You always worry when you play Villa because they are always well coached. I think our kids did a good job of rising to the challenge.”
Small knows every game in gets harder in the tournament.
“Every game is what it is. We’ve talked about our focus on the floor and if we do that, we can end of being successful.”
Top scorers: MICDS. Taylor Baur 18 points; Caroline Militello 8; Cameron Jackson, Maya Howard, Liz Lewis and Rachel Thompson, 6 each.
Villa Duchesne: Brooke Carter, 8 points.