Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt was a tough weekend for the St. Stephen's boys against the two conference leaders.
The Eagles fell for the second time to Dubois on Friday, this time in the High Country, 81-74.
Saturday, they were dominated at home by top-ranked Burlington 78-33.
The Eagles managed just four points in the opening period Saturday, while the visiting Huskies ran an offense that sometimes resembled a layup drill.
Burlington suffered a major setback last week when junior guard Trevor Wardell was lost for the season to a knee injury, but the offense showed no sign of slowing up against the Eagles.
Wardell's older brother, Preston, put on a clinic, scoring nine first-period points and finishing the night shooting 9-10 from the free throw line. Oddly, Wardell had the worst free-throw percentage on the team, as the Huskies combined for 18 of 19 from the stripe in the contest.
St. Stephen's couldn't do much offensively, and Burlington's half-court offense found the Eagles flat-footed.
Things brightened a bit for the Eagles in the second quarter, with eight quick points on a variety of short jumpers and follow shots.
The second half was a Burlington blitz, as the state's best Class 1-A team raced to a 62-21 lead with 4:17 left in the third period. The 40-point rule went into effect, with a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Lakota Oldman and Jaron Arthur paced St. Stephen's with 10 each.
Friday night at Dubois it was an old-fashioned shootout, with the smaller, quicker Eagles taking on the towering Rams.
St. Stephen's led early, but a 33-point second quarter, the best of the season so far for Dubois, put the Rams up 45-42 at the half.
The second half seesawed, with the score tied a final time at 73 with just over a minute to play.
Dubois took the ball inside, and St. Stephen's was forced to foul or give up point-blank shots.
The Rams' tandem of 6-foot5 Austin Tharp and 6-4 Walker Carrico tallied 27 and 22 points, respectively, with guard Kolter Leseberg also tossing in 22.
Oldman led the Eagles with 20, and Johnnie Whiteman had his best outing of the season with 18 points, including a 3-pointer.
ST. STEPHEN'S 4 14 7 6 -- 33
BURLINGTON 23 25 15 14 - 78
St. Stephen's - Johnnie Whiteman 1 0-0 2, Lakota Oldman 4 2-2 10 Derrick Williams 2 0-0 4, Jaron Arthur 5 0-2 10, Brandon C'Hair 2 1-2 5. Totals 15 3-6 33
Burlington - James Peterson 2 (1) 2-2 9, Jess McNiven 8 4-4 20, Landon George 2 2-2 6, Nick Carrizales 4 0-0 8, Bridger Jones 2 0-0 4, James Davidson 3 0-0 6, Preston Wardell 6 9-10 21. Totals 27 (1) 18-19 78
DUBOIS 12 33 13 23 -- 81
ST. STEPHEN'S 16 26 13 19 - 74
Dubois - Austin Tharp 9-9-15 27, Tage Walker 4-8 4, Walker Carrico- 10 2-5 22, Kolter Leseberg 4 (3) 5-10 22, Nathan Moore 1 (1) 2-2 7. Totals 24 (4) 21-40 81
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