Balanced effort gives West St. John boys another win

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 17, 2005


Sports Editor

Can things get any better if you are a West St. John fan?

Your coming off a state championship in football and now the boys basketball team is quickly becoming one of the state’s best.

It’s a good time to cheer for the Rams.

Running their record to 11-2 after a convincing 69-52 victory over St. Charles Catholic, WSJ is one of the hottest teams in the state.

With Damon Morris in early foul trouble and unable to contribute offensively, Dana Stipe led the Rams with 18 points and Dehaven Butler had 10 points for West St. John.

“I thought the big key for us was the way the defense performed early,” WSJ head coach Antoine Edwards said. “It allowed us to get on them early, we outscored them 19-8 in the first quarter.

“In the second half we were able to come up with some key steals and we shot the ball well in crucial situations and we made big plays.”

Taking advantage of their athletic ability, Edwards said his team showed why they are considered one of the favorites in district.

“We shot the ball well,” Edwards said. “I thought our athletic ability down the stretch took over and allowed us to come out on top.

“I like where we are and where we are headed. We really don’t have a set starting lineup. On any given night, someone else steps up to the plate and makes a contribution. Right now we are playing pretty well as a team and I hope we can continue to play well.”

The Rams look to continue on their winning ways this week. After taking on St. James yesterday, West St. John will open District 10-2A play Tuesday when they play host to rival Riverside.