“We should have lost, straight up.” A video of Vashon coach Tony Irons that was posted to ballislife.com expresses his discontent with their prior contest that witnessed Vashon almost lose in the final minute of the game to top ranked Trinity Catholic.
“That game right here is for everyone that walks in here playoff time to play you,” Irons says. “That game had a chance to send a message to everyone and let you know you’re real, and that game had a chance to let you know you vulnerable….and you accomplished the second thing.”
St. Louis Christian Academy must have received that memo. State powerhouse Vashon said good-bye to six players on Wednesday during their senior night, including Mizzou recruit Mario McKinney Jr, and set the tone of their program going into district play with a big win over St. Louis Christian Academy. Despite the win, their narrow victory against Trinity tells a better picture of what is to come once playoffs start.
While the streets surrounding Vashon were littered with snow and ice Friday, keeping most people from getting to the game, the gym inside was heating up. The Cougars of St. Louis Christian Academy, featuring Chaminade stand-out transfer Keyyaun Batchman, came to play.
For the second time in a row, the Wolverines found themselves with tough competition early. Vashon was able to pull away by at least 10 points in the first, but saw The Cougars come back to tie it and take the lead going into second half with a score of 31-29. The Wolverines came out of the locker room determined and pulled away quickly. The Cougars could not find answers to Vashon’s speed and found themselves in a deep hole. Vashon could not string together enough defensive stops to overcome.
The Wolverines would get win with a final score of 66-55.
Vashon hosts district play this week so while their senior night may not be their last home game, it was a great way to say goodbye to their regular season.
What’s to come for Vashon:
The 18-5 Wolverines season was impressive, but they won’t just walk into the championship. They will be tested early in the semi-final round of district play where they will likely see either Cardinal Ritter or St. Louis College Prep. Ritter ended their regular season with a statement win over Father Tolton(Columbia MO). The lions haven’t lost since January 15th.
Vashon has regular a season win against Ritter but the Lions are currently on a 16-game win streak and will carry that momentum against their first round opponent, Metro High School.