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With the score deadlocked at 26 after a half of play, Fenwick coach John Quinn challenged his team to start the third quarter of its game against St. Ignatius Friday night with a 6-0 run.
Quinn didn’t get his 6-0 run, his players gave him a little more -- a 10-0 run and control of an eventual 64-52 Catholic League North win.
“Coach always tries to challenge us and we really stepped up our defense,” Fenwick senior Luke Lattner said. “This is a great feeling finally beating these guys, we haven’t done it since I’ve been on varsity (the last three years).
“I was determined to beat these guys.”
Lattner proved that in the fourth quarter, when he helped keep the Wolfpack (10-5, 4-1) at bay scoring 10 of his 18 points. Most of those coming on strong moves to the basket. Much to the dismay of his coach, his last basket came at the final buzzer.
“I probably should have just passed,” he said.
The Friars (7-5, 2-3) held at least a seven point lead the entire fourth quarter after pulling ahead 44-36 at the end of the third. Lattner was 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth. As a team the Friars were 19-for-22 from the free throw line and didn’t give up an offensive rebound.
Freshman Michael Smith had 13 points, Scott Lindsey added 12 while Daniel Dwyer had 11 for the Friars.
“We helped them out with turnovers,” said St. Ignatius coach Rich Kehoe, whose team committed 15 turnovers. “There pressure defense hurt and they were a much quicker team than we anticipated.”
Lester Larry had 18 points -- all on three pointers. Melvin Pierce added 14 for the Wolfpack, who were without leading scorer Conner Cronin. Cronin has a dislocated elbow but is expected back next week.
“It was the first time Luke has beat St. Ignatius so he was pretty excited,” Quinn said. “It was an excellent high school game.”