Basketball games in CYO and ICCL
CYO basketball hosts full roster of weekend competition
By Michelle Castleman
FORT WAYNE — The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) teams saw a full weekend of games with Most Precious Blood (PB) getting the win over St. Mary’s, 49-18. Xavier Allen led PB with 18 points. Gardner Barile added 16, and Connor Christman chipped in 12.
Coach Justin Allen summarized, “We had a well-rounded attack with great defense.”
In girls’ action, St. Vincent Coach Dan O’Brien’s eighth-grade Panthers got their second win in the second weekend of CYO play. With just five players dressed, St. Vincent is challenged this season staying conditioned.
“We spend a lot of our practices running and working on defense,” explained O’Brien. In opening round play, the Panthers downed Blue League powerhouse, St. Joseph-Hessen Cassel, 42-40, and on Sunday, Dec. 13, they beat St. Rose/St. Louis, 41-19.
In the win over the Twins, Susie Beeber led all scorers with 14 points. Sam O’Brien added 11, while Taya Dazey and Kaylee Lyons had nine a piece. O’Brien cited tough defensive play as a key to the win. He added, “We had a balanced attack on offense. It was a good team effort on both sides of the court.”
In the loss, Maggie Castleman led the Twins with six.
ICCL teams square off in hoop matchups
By Joe Kozinski
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — The second week of the Inter-City Catholic League saw a litany of matchups as teams squared off to work their way to the head of the pack at Saint Joseph and Marian high schools.
The Crusaders of Holy Cross, behind double-digit performances of Jaden Ivey and Chaz Black, held off Peter Royeca and his Panthers from St. Anthony, 46-37.
A 15-point performance from St. Pius X’s Adam O’Dell squashed the upset bid from the Bulldogs of Our Lady of Hungary and the 10 points from Christian Tate, 43-20.
For the second straight week, Cameron Weidner of St. Michael’s dominated his team’s scoring, but fell short of a victory as Mishawaka Catholic’s reigned, 35-20.
Corpus Christi’s dynamic duo of Derek Derda and Evan Lindzy jumped on the Falcons of St. Jude, 66-7.
The Eagles of St. Joseph snuck by St. Thomas, 32-29, in the day’s closest battle. Holy Family triumphed over the Blazers of St. Matthew, 40-28, and Christ the King outscored Queen of Peace, 45-25, to round out the scores.
Play continues this weekend and the schedules can be found accompanied by highlights and standings at www.icclsports.org.