March 18th, 2021

Holy Cross Boys Season Ends with Loss to Beth Haven


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Holy Cross Boys Season Ends with Loss to Beth Haven
photo by Ed Peak

 Basketball is really a simple game. Put the ball in the basket. Make shots you usually win. Beth Haven made shots and Holy Cross didn't as the Bearcats beat the Cougars 69-55 in a semifinal game for the 23rd District, Wednesday at Valley. 


It will be the first time unofficially Beth Haven has been in the district championship and advanced to the Sixth Region Tournament next week since the 1970s.


The Bearcats fans lined the hallway in the gym congratulating players as they were leaving the gymnasium and had an informative pep rally. 


Holy Cross (14-9) led briefly in the first quarter. But it was Beth Haven who applied the pressure leading the rest of the way. Luka Mateski led the Bearcats with 15 points while Jordan Harris and Luke Easley added 12 points each.


Beth Haven didn't burn the nets down making 15 of 37 from the field but hurt the Cougars making 22 of 24 free throws. All 12 in the second half, eight in the fourth quarter.


Holy Cross beat Beth Haven on February 4. 81-74. "We just didn't knock shots down," said Holy Cross coach Jody Thornsberry. "Either they shot the ball great or we played terrible defense."


The Cougars made 22 of 65 shots for 34 percent from the floor. 


Alonzo Coleman led the Cougars with 13 points which included three three point baskets. Freshman Jacob Hand added 12 points. Justice Cummings had a tough game shooting making three of 15 from the field to finish with seven points.


Holy Cross kept its turnovers low with eight. But rebounding and shooting were lacking. "We played in spurts tonight," said senior Chaz Geraghty who finished with eight points and is headed to Morehead State to play football. "We couldn't play a full game. We couldn't get it for a whole quarter. We came up short tonight.”


"Give credit to Beth Haven they were hitting shots. Had a good game plan," said Geraghty. "We couldn't find a rhythm to get going."


In the first meeting Geraghty said the Cougars offense was solid. "We were able to find gaps. I just feel like the shots we hit against them the first time didn't fall. That happens sometime."


It was not the time for Holy Cross' offense to go stagnant.


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