Posted: 4:52 pm Thursday, February 28th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
LAKELAND — St. Andrew’s (24-4) lost the Class 4A state-title game to Lake Highland Prep on Thursday. Read along below for the quarter-by-quarter analysis of how it happened.
Lake Highland Prep 67, St. Andrew’s 50. The second half never really materialized into anything interesting. Lake Highland Prep’s defense was simply too much, and the Highlanders got plenty layups to ice the win.
Lake Highland Prep 55, St. Andrew’s 36. The third period got a bit chippy, as LHP continued to firmly control the game with its trapping halfcourt press and quick transition baskets.
Lake Highland Prep 40, St. Andrew’s 25. LHP is on a 24-9 run since St. Andrew’s Sean Mooney hit a 3 to tie the game at 16. How’s LHP doing it? First, turnovers and transition points. LHP forced 14 first-half turnovers and has 18 points from them. Second, LHP is aggressive attacking the cup. Joel Berry and BJ Simpson are extremely quick off the dribble, and their passing and scoring is crushing St. Andrew’s. They have a combined 22 points and eight assists.
Lake Highland Prep 22, St. Andrew’s 16. What an intense and exciting start to the game. Both teams brought some serious energy to the floor, and the fans in the crowd reflected it. Berry’s made several athletic moves to the cup, and on defense he’s as fast as anyone. St. Andrew’s came right at LHP early, but this game is up and down. That pace favors LHP, which has better guard play. But still, St. Andrew’s keeps proving it can play with any team. Berry has eight points for LHP, and DJ Simpson has seven. Marko Radojicic already has seven for St. Andrew’s.