By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
After spending nearly three decades as an assistant coach at La Salle High School, Lancers’ alum Patt Goedde took the reins of the school’s varsity basketball program this season and opened his head coaching career with a 78-49 victory over Shroder Paideia in a non-conference game Saturday night at La Salle’s Flynn Gymnasium. The other three Greater Catholic League South Division schools also were in action over the weekend, with Moeller remaining unbeaten with a road victory, Elder bouncing back from its first loss Friday, and St. Xavier suffering its first defeat in a tough road test.
Here is a look at the Saturday games involving GCL South schools:
La Salle Wins Opener – Senior Riley Haubner – the Lancers’ lone returning starter from last season – scored a game-high 29 points, while senior Henry Louden added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists as La Salle built a 48-28 halftime lead and extended the advantage to 27 points after three quarters. Goedde, who replaced longtime successful Lancers’ coach Dan Fleming who retired after last season, saw his team force 24 turnovers and limit Shroder to just 14 made field goals, and only two made three-point goals. Junior guard Nathan Vogelpohl added 12 points for the Lancers (1-0).
Moeller Now 3-0 – The Crusaders had three players score in double figures in a 61-51 victory at GCL South Co-Ed member Purcell Marian. Leading the way was senior guard Isaiah Peyton with 19 points, while senior forward Jeremiah Davenport scored 14 and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and senior forward Jaxon Hayes chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Payton and Davenport were a combined 12-of-12 from the free-throw line for Moeller (3-0), which shot 50 percent from the field (22-of-44) and outrebounds Purcell Marian, 35-24.
Elder Wins At Pit – A day after falling to Cooper, one of Kentucky’s top teams, 58-26, on the road, the Panthers (2-1) rebounded nicely to record a 65-62 win at home against Springboro. Senior guard Zach Harp poured in a game-high 30 points – including 14 in the final quarter – for the Panthers (2-1)., who have won both of their home games this season. Harp is third in the GCL South in scoring, averaging 20 points a game, while senior forward Andrew Broxterman leads the league in rebounding, averaging eight boards a game.
St. X Loses First – The Bombers, coming off lopsided wins at Anderson and at home against Middletown, hit the road again and were unable to recover from an early deficit in a 70-54 loss at Hughes. St. Xavier (2-1), which fell behind, 22-12, after the first quarter, were led by 15 points from sophomore forward Danny Grieve, and 14 each from junior guard Nathan Stockman and senior forward Bobby Jefferson. The Bombers struggled shooting, hitting 21-of-51 field goals, including 9-of-21 from three-point range, and 6-of-11 from the line.
Elder, Moeller and St. Xavier are scheduled to play non-conference games tonight. Elder hosts Purcell Marian as part of the fourth Mercy Health Tipoff Classic, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Pit in Price Hill, while St. Xavier stays on the road and travels to GCL Co-Ed member Hamilton Badin at 7:30. Moeller, too, is on the road to face Covington Catholic, Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team and one of the top programs in the Bluegrass state. Moeller defeated the Colonels (3-0), 60-51, in December last season on Montgomery Road. CovCath beat Newport Central Catholic, 89-50, Friday night.
The Crusaders have won 28 straight regular-season games dating back to the 2015-16 season. Moeller ‘s last loss was on February 5, 2016 at Elder, when the Panthers won, 49-43. Following that setback, Moeller closed that regular season with three wins, posted a perfect 22-0 mark in 2016-17, and opened this season by winning three in a row.
The CovCath-Moeller game is sold out.