Troy Buchanan’s Alyssa Schulte scores two of her 11 points on an easy layup in the fourth quarter against Francis Howell North on Feb. 14. The Trojans earned a share of the GAC title with a 59-40 win over the Knights.
St. Charles –With a young squad led by someone who was coaching girls varsity basketball for the first time after a decade of leading boys teams, no one saw this coming.
Leading by five points at halftime, Troy Buchanan could sense Francis Howell North was gaining some momentum on its home floor.
The Trojans took all momentum – and hope – away from the Knights very quickly. A 21-6 third quarter run decided the issue as Troy earned its fifth consecutive win, 59-40, in girls varsity basketball action Feb. 14.
The win not only improved the Trojans’ record to 14-9 overall and 7-2 in Gateway Athletic Conference play, but gave them a share of the conference title with one game left to play.
“We’ve been playing pretty good basketball. That’s five in a row – and it gives us a share of the conference title,” first-year coach Ryan Meyers said. “That’s only two for the girls program in the last 20 years, and that’s an honor the (girls) can take for the rest of their lives.”
After a foul-laden first half, which saw several Troy players mired in foul trouble, Francis Howell North was able to stay close, trailing just 25-20 at the break.
However, the Trojans were able to break away on its second half run, using a combination of shutdown defense, leading to fast-break offense.
Troy led 46-26 after three quarters.
Mya Robinson led the Trojans with 16 points. Ava Meyers spent most of the contest in foul trouble, but nailed two 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, before fouling out in the third quarter.
Alyssa Schulte followed with 11 points as part of a balanced scoring attack for Troy.
“I’m just proud of the girls,” Coach Meyers said. “We’ve been ranked No. 10 by STL Today. They’re putting in the work – and they’re finally being recognized for it.
Hopefully, we can continue to play good basketball down the stretch.”