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Four Irish notch double digits as boys pick up fourth win of the week

Feb. 2—CLINTON — It has been a long week for the Prince of Peace Irish boys and girls basketball teams as they have had four games since Monday night. They stayed at home Friday night as they played host to the Springville Orioles in a Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader and celebrated their Homecoming.

Starting with the boys team this has been a very successful week. On Monday night they started their week right with a 67-43 win on the road at Starmont. They then played home games on Tuesday and Thursday night, winning Tuesday's game 51-34 over Easton Valley and Thursday's game 69-46 against Midland.

"It was a great week. We've had four games and we started out with a long trip at Starmont. I kept thinking to myself 'Where are we gonna find the energy?' but the kids have brought it every night," Prince of Peace head coach Gerry Murphy said.

Finally, it was Homecoming night on Friday night as the Irish welcomed in a young Orioles team with no seniors on the roster.

The Irish started this game off on fire with junior guard Hakeal Powell taking control early. He scored the first nine points for Prince of Peace causing Springville to take an early timeout.

"Homecoming sometimes they're too hype and they come out flat. Tonight we had a good start against a good young team. That's a team of the future,"

The Orioles pulled it together late in the first quarter but the Irish led 15-10 heading into the second.

In the second Logan Detterman got things started with back to back floaters followed by a Powell steal and layup to bump the lead up to 21-10. The pace really kicked into gear over the next four minutes as the Irish increased their lead to 30-17.

Prince of Peace took a 30-21 advantage into the second half.

"We're trying to focus on defense and I think we were trying to rotate guys in and keep guys fresh which I think helped get the energy up," Murphy said.

The Orioles looked to be clicking early on in the third quarter, hitting their lanes and finding easy layups. After a Prince of Peace timeout up 35-29, the Irish quickly found their stride once again. Senior Jhikeith McGraw got a pair of buckets to drop followed by a Jaxon Dehner 3-pointer which pushed the lead back to 11, 42-31.

McGraw and Powell both came up big down the stretch of third quarter, hitting back to back 3-pointers to make it a 52-36 game with one quarter left.

It was all Irish in the fourth as McGraw, Powell, Detterman and Carson DeBo closed this game out and Prince of Peace got the win 70-48.

Powell led the way with 24 points, Powell had 15, Detterman 13 and DeBo 11.

"We've been sharing the ball pretty well. Tonight we had four guys in double figures and if we can keep doing that I think we're a pretty good team," Murphy said.

After four wins this week the Irish improve to 11-8 on the year and will host Lisbon (9-9) on Monday night.

First half struggles hamper Irish as they drop one to Springville

For the Prince of Peace girls it was a tough one on Friday as they took on a tall Springville team.

The Orioles jumped out to a quick lead and just continued to grow it as they pushed it to 25-0 at the end of the first. Offensive struggles continued for the Irish in the second quarter as they trailed 46-1 at halftime.

Springville held on in the second half for the 56-7 win. Lilly Smith led the Irish with five points.

Prince of Peace is now 2-17 on the year and will play Lisbon on Monday.