On the road again

Kaylah McClellan, Sports Editor

 

The McCluer North varsity basketball team captured a district title for the third year in a row and advanced to the Class 5 state semifinals.

For the past three years, the Stars have beaten every hosting team in districts. The first was Hazelwood Central at Central in 2011. Then McCluer at McCluer in 2012, and now with many doubts, Hazelwood East at East for the 2013 district title. The Stars topped the Spartans, 62-51.

North kept the hope alive by beating Fort Zumwalt North 71-66  to advance to the Elite Eight before losing to Vianney 49-44. The Stars finished their season with a 15-12 record.

The Stars have had many doubters going into districts. A lot of fans completely doubted them even making it to districts finals. The team first played McCluer and got by them, 45-44. Since it was a very close game, many people believed the Hazelwood East Spartans would still be able to defeat the North Stars in the title game.

“It feels good to win because a lot of people doubted us,” said senior Terrence Bush.

The Stars showed the Spartans that it wasn’t going to be as easy as they thought in the first quarter. Bush scored 12 of his 24 points in the first giving the Stars a lead. The Stars were ahead 31-20 by halftime.

Junior Rashad Lindsey than started third quarter with a 3-point play. The Spartans answered back by making a 3 pointer that started a 9-0 run. The Spartans weren’t ready to give up and ended the third quarter being down by 1 (37-36). Reed called a timeout and restored order and it worked. Bush started the fourth with a 3-point play and Lindsey made two free throws. Demonte Morris and Dorian Holland also helped open the gap which put North in control. The final score of the game was 62-51.

“It feels amazing to make it out of districts since no one believed in us,” said Eric Collins.

Against Fort Zumwalt North, the game had a close score of 65-64 with 1:02 remaining, but Rashad Lindsey and Chris Busbee were fouled in the final minutes and made all of their free throws that helped the Stars win.