The St. James boys basketball team (6-3) faced off against Potosi and Fatima on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19. The Tigers kicked off the week with 71-56 win over Potosi on Monday at home before hitting the road to thrash Fatima 75-34.
St. James got out to a great start on Monday night to take early control of the game. Bailey Terrill was a force to be reckoned with against Potosi, especially in the first quarter. The senior forward went off for 13 points in the first quarter and he took care of business from the field and from the charity stripe. Terrill hit four shots from the field and went 5-5 from the free throw line to lead St. James to an early 22-15 lead.
The Tigers balanced things out more in the second, as six players combined for 18 points as their built their lead out to 40-25 at the half.
Potosi was able to whittle the St. James lead down to seven points early in the third quarter, but the Tigers turned things around to stretch their lead back out to 52-41 headed into the final quarter. St. James then maintained that lead in the fourth quarter on their way to a 71-56 win.
Terrill set a new career high on Monday night with 22 points to lead all scorers in the victory. The senior forward also led St. James in both rebounds and steals with five apiece. Ryan Harlan added 15 points, while Carter Keeney chipped in with another 12 points and a team-high five assists.
St. James also cruised to victory in the JV game 72-37, led by 20 points by Logan Chick.
The Tigers then dominated Fatima from jump street on their way to a blowout win. St. James got out to a quick start on Tuesday with 22 first-quarter points from six different players. The Tigers hit three three-pointers in the first quarter as the stretched their lead out to 22-6 through the opening frame.
St. James was forced to sit Terrill and Keeney for most of the second quarter, but that didn't stop them from extending their lead. Despite sitting two starters for a majority of the quarter, the Tigers' lead ballooned from 14 to 27 to put the game out of reach with a 42-15 lead at the half.
Fatima didn't score in double figures in any quarter until they scored 11 in the fourth, but the game had already been decided. The Tigers added 16 points in the third and 17 in the fourth on their way to a 75-34 win.
Ivan Fuhring led St. James with 19 points in the win. A total of 11 Tigers scored in the win with Keeney adding 11, Recker chipping in 10 points, Harlan scoring nine and Ty Uffmann adding another eight.
The JV game was much tighter, as the Tigers pulled out a 67-53 win. Isaac Helterbrand and Chick each scored 15, while Austin Ridenhour added another 13 in the win.
The Tigers will sneak one more game in before Christmas when they travel to Dixon on Friday, Dec. 22.