Lindbergh boys fall to St. Charles West 53-45

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After losing to Lafayette 52-42 in the first round of the Meramec Holiday Festi-val Tournament last week, the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team put together wins over Parkway Central and University City to reach the championship game of the consolation bracket.

The Flyers (7-3, 1-0 Suburban West) de-feated Parkway Central 51-26 and Univer-sity City 57-40. But in the consolation championship game, the Flyers found themselves down 26-20 to St. Charles West at halftime before dropping a 53-45 decision to the Warriors.

“The St. Charles West game was similar to our game against Lafayette,” Lindbergh head coach Jason Wolfard told the Call. “We played decent defense and struggled to put the ball in the hole. Their guards kept penetrating and we couldn’t find a way to stop them.”

Tyler Kiel led the Flyers with a 13-point scoring performance that also included eight rebounds by the junior forward.

“In the last three games, Tyler’s gotten it going quite a bit, but he’s been kind of struggling at the free-throw line,” Wolfard said. “What I really want for him to do is to start finishing stronger on the inside game.”

Flyers junior forward Robby Meeh also scored in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds.

“Robby’s struggled a bit to get his shots to fall in,” Wolfard said. “We need to get the ball to him and Tyler more often.”

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Kirkwood in a key Suburban West Conference meeting.

Kirkwood is coming off a 58-54 win over Webster Groves that clinched third place in the Meramec Holiday Festival Tourna-ment. The Pioneers (8-2) are led by the scoring efforts of Bill Brandenburg (13.1 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game) and Cody Green (12.4 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game) and are expected to give the Flyers a considerable amount of problems due to their size.

“They (Kirkwood) are pretty darn good,” Wolfard said. “We’re definitely going to need a team effort because this is going to be a rough week for us.”