There isn’t another team in Class 5A with as few losses as St. Paul’s.
Nobody has as long a winning streak either.
St. Paul’s won its 19th consecutive game after an 83-62 win at home against Covington in District 6-5A action Tuesday night.
The second-ranked team in the New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10 basketball rankings, the Wolves (19-1, 3-0) were led by senior center Harrison Prieto. Scoring 26 points on the night, the four-year starter also passed the 1,000-career point mark on a layup in the fourth quarter.
“It has kind of been in the back of my mind these last couple of games,” Prieto said. “I’m just glad we did it the way we did it (Tuesday night) in another win. Honestly the start to my senior year and what we are doing, I mean you couldn’t script it any better. We are playing like a team, and that is all you want. I couldn’t have reached this scoring mark without my teammates. Before the game, they knew I needed 26 points to reach the mark.
“In the locker room at the half they looked at the stats and saw I had 14, and the team said we are going for this for you. They started feeding me the ball. That means a lot when your teammates are willing to do that for you.”
Parker Edwards and T.J. Bedford scored 15 points apiece and sophomore Devonte Allen added 13.
Dropping to 5-15 on the season and 0-3 in district, Covington was led by Paul McClain’s 16 points and 13 points from Elgin Bell.
Dominant from the opening tip, St. Paul’s scored the first 11 points before McClain’s bucket with 5:50 in the opening quarter broke Covington’s scoring drought.
McClain’s bucket was the only points of the quarter for the Lions as St. Paul’s finished the quarter on an 18-0 run to grab a commanding 29-2 lead.
Bedford said it was important for him and his teammates to come out strong and take early.
“We knew if we could pressure them they would struggle,” he said. “We wanted to come out early and get the job done and we were able to do that.”
With St. Paul’s resting their starters for the final three minutes of the first quarter and the opening minutes of the second, Covington opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run, cutting the Wolves’ lead to 29-9 early in the second quarter.
Reinserting its starters, St. Paul’s immediately responded with a 10-2 run, pushing the lead back to 39-11 on a basket by Skyler Herbet.
Up 46-24 at the half, Covington got hot from the three-point line. Senior Paul McClain hit a pair of three-pointers in a 10-4 run to open the third quarter to cut the lead to 50-34 with 5:19 to go in the third quarter. That was the closest the Lions came in the second half.
Covington returns home Friday night to take on Fontainebleau. St. Paul’s hits the road as they travel to Ponchatoula on Friday.