Lindbergh boys fall to Hazelwood Central

Team slated to play Northwest next week

By STEPHEN GLOVER

When the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team faced Hazelwood Central Saturday afternoon, head coach Jason Wolfard knew his Flyers were going to have their hands full against one of the area’s top teams.

The Hawks gave Lindbergh everything but the kitchen sink, defeating the Flyers 63-24.

Hazelwood Central jumped out to a 28-7 lead after the first quarter, but Lindbergh fought back in the second quarter with a 7-2 run, trimming the Hawks’ lead to 30-14.

“They (Hazelwood Central) are just a really good team,” Wolfard said. “We had our hands full going into the game and we could never really cover them. It just got away from us.”

The Hawks started the second half on fire, shellacking the Flyers on a 17-4 run in the third quarter to increase their lead to 47-18. Hazelwood Central’s fourth quarter performance was nearly the same as the Hawks scored 16 points en route to the win.

Michael Johnson led the Flyers with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot.

“Michael started to hit some shots for us in the second half,” Wolfard said. “He’s really starting to shoot the ball with a lot of confidence right now.”

The Flyers return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to Northwest (2-5, 0-2 Suburban West), which is coming off a 46-34 loss to Lafayette in which Caleb Day and Hayden Koke led the Lions with seven points each. Day is averaging 16 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season while Koke is averaging 3.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game this year.

“We played Northwest at Hillsboro and it was a tight game,” Wolfard said. “I’m sure they’ll come ready to go and hopefully we can come out and get a good start to the New Year.”