The St. Joseph’s Academy basketball coach Julie Matheny has a great way for fans to spend Saturday (Jan. 6) — come in from the bone-chilling cold and warm up by watching hot action in the sixth annual St. Joseph’s Shootout.
The Shootout, first held at CBC and now at St. Joseph’s, features six big matchups this year instead of five. Fans will be able to see top teams and talented players.
Here is the game lineup for Saturday:
10 a.m. Cardinal Ritter at St. Joseph’s
11:30 a.m. Villa Duchesne vs Marian Catholic of Chicago
1 p.m. Whitfield vs. Edwardsville.
2:30 p.m. Belleville East vs Parkway North
4 p.m. Hazelwood Central vs Borgia
5:30 p.m. Webster Groves vs Incarnate Word
Cardinal Ritter, Webster Groves and Belleville East are the new teams playing in the Shootout.
“We have a beautiful gym,” Matheny said. “It’s always a pleasure to have people in our house. (Plus) I hear the hospitality room is the best in town.”
The Angels enter the Shootout with an 8-3 record.
St. Joseph’s finished ninth in the recent Visitation Christmas Tournament. The Angels lost their first game 51-47 to Hazelwood Central but battled back.
St. Joseph’s recorded three victories, including a 56-49 win over Francis Howell to claim the ninth spot in the 16-team tournament.
Matheny had a clever spin on the events.
“Well, the good news about loosing in the first round at Viz is that the parking is better at 10 a.m. and you get the rest of the day to do whatever,” Matheny said. “That was a new experience. Hazelwood Central did a great job. They are well coached and they just literally beat us at every turn. We had no business even being in that game and I hope this was a quote good loss unquote so we can learn.”
Her team continues to work hard and improved.
“Always (a) work in progress,” Matheny said. “We are so far from our potential — and that is the good news.”
The Angels are opening the Shootout by facing Cardinal Ritter at 10 a.m.
“Yes, it is early,” Matheny said. “We have a full day of basketball and we felt badly having to play so early but, we are the host team and we thought we would take that game so others wouldn’t have to get up so early.
“(Ritter has) Great athletes and a lot of talent. They mean business this year.”
Matheny is wanting to see how the Angels respond in this game.
“(It’s a) Big game for us,” Matheny said. “I hope to see a strong defensive effort. Hopefully, we are all healthy, that will help.”