Ascension Catholic earns third victory in five games

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic's Kaleb Winchester scored 30 in the Bulldogs' victory over Ascension Christian. Photo by Chuck Montero.

After losing eight straight games, Ascension Catholic has been able to right the ship since the district season began. The Bulldogs have gone 3-2 in their last five league games. Though they lost, 70-47, to Southern Lab to start last week, they ended with an exciting 76-73 victory over parish rival Ascension Christian.

Against Southern Lab: Ascension Catholic fell into a hole against the 15-8 Kittens early as they headed into the second quarter down 18-7. By the time the half rolled around, they had built a 15-point advantage. They never let up--outscoring the Bulldogs in both the third and fourth quarters to collect the 23-point victory. The win came despite the Bulldogs hitting seven 3-pointers.

Players of the game: Ascension Catholic was led by Kebori Hunter as he scored 15. Jaboy Stewart was close behind with 13. Kaleb Winchester scored 10, and DC Mattingly added 8.

Against Ascension Christian: The Bulldogs' clash with the Lions was a close call for much of the game. After trailing by 1 at the end of one, Ascension Catholic had a huge second quarter where they outscored Ascension Christian, 24-12. It allowed them to take a 40-29 halftime lead. The Bulldogs were able to extend their advantage in the third quarter as they raced out to a 55-41 lead. The game appeared to be over, but the Lions roared back in the fourth. They exploded for 32 points. The hard charge put them right at the heels of Ascension Catholic, but the Bulldogs were able to squeeze out the home victory, 76-73. Ascension Catholic was helped out by 10 made 3-pointers.

Players of the game: Winchester had a game-high 30 points. Jemelle Truxillo finished with 21 points on the strength of seven 3-pointers. Hunter added 13.

Upcoming games: Now sitting at 5-14 overall and 3-4 in the district, Ascension Catholic will visit White Castle on Friday night and St. James on Saturday night.