Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Warriors: St. Charles West Picks Up Key Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Warriors: St. Charles West Picks Up Key Win

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The young Warriors of St. Charles West High are coming of age quickly.

West, the two-time defending champion in the Gateway Athletic Conference, took a major step toward defending that title Tuesday, winning 80-78 at Francis Howell North.

"It was a terrific basketball game - for both teams," West coach Terry Hollander said. "Howell North came at us strong - we were down five going into the final quarter - but I was really pleased with the way we handled things. It was our first tight game of the season and I thought we played with a lot of poise and confidence."

The Warriors, ranked second in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, improved to 6-1 overall and to 2-0 in the GAC. Howell North is 6-4 and 1-1.

West knocked off Howell North 70-61 in the title game of the St. Charles West Tournament earlier this season, but Hollander knew this game would be tighter.

"We were on their floor and they're a solid, experienced team," the coach said. "Going in, we knew it would be a battle."

That it was. Both teams started strongly as West took a 27-22 lead after one quarter. But Howell North rallied, taking a 42-41 advantage to halftime. The Knights led by five going into the final quarter.

"We were still down by five when Troy (Robertson) fouled out with about five minutes to play," Hollander pointed out. "But our guys responded down the stretch."

Sophomore Billy Seymour scored two baskets late as West turned a one-point deficit into a two-point lead. The Warriors also hit their free throws, connecting on 10 of 11 in the final quarter.

"It was a good test for us, and especially for our younger players," Hollander said. "And it's always nice to have a guy like Ryan Robertson on the floor in a situation like that. He's so calm and so cool; you just know he's going to find a way to pull it out."

Robertson, West's stellar senior guard, had a game-high 28 points to go along with 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and just two turnovers. He hit nine of 10 free throws and eight of 10 shots from the field.

Troy Robertson added 16 points before fouling out. Seymour, Dan Weber, Eric Phillips each had eight points while Brandin Lowery chipped in seven. …

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