WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.
On any other night, Walsingham Academy would have likely won Thursday’s basketball game against St. Christopher’s after shooting nearly 48 percent from the field at 42 percent from behind the 3-point line.
However, St. Christopher’s shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the 3-point line, which allowed the Saints to edge Walsingham 59-56 at home.
Walsingham, which led by as many as five points in the first half, seemed to be well in control of the game over the first two quarters. The Trojans were shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and were converting second-chance points.
Despite a solid stat line, the Trojans found themselves behind 30-28 by halftime thanks to six 3-pointers by St. Christopher’s in the first half.
A high-scoring third quarter nearly sent the game spiraling out of control for the Trojans, as St. Christopher’s held a seven-point lead with 2:29 left in the quarter. Walsingham dug in its heels and battled back to within four points by the end of the quarter.
The scoring slowed significantly in the fourth quarter as the defenses ratcheted up in intensity. And despite Walsingham winning the quarter 10-9, the Trojans came up three points short in the loss.
Walsingham (10-4) has hit a rough patch in its season, having lost three consecutive games. The Trojans will attempt to rebound with a home game against Tabb on Monday.
Walsingham: 18 10 18 10 — 56
St. Christopher’s: 16 14 20 9 — 59
Walsingham: Gero 9, Washington 20, West 3, Stewart 13, Vicentic 7, Blow 2, Ptacek 2
St. Christopher’s: Thompson 11, Jasper 9, Bennett 8, Petrie 12, Sherod 19
3-point goals: Walsingham 8 (Gero 3, Washington 2, West, Stewart 2), St. Christopher’s 8 (Thompson 3, Jasper, Petrie, Sherod 3)