Though her team lost 71-65 to McKinley High on Tuesday night, St. Joseph’s Academy senior guard Catherine Hodson had the kind of game most players only dream of.

The 5-foot-8 Hodson scored a game-high 38 points, sinking 10 3-pointers during the District 5-5A game played at SJA. It was also a career high for the daughter of former LSU quarterback Tommy Hodson.

“I surprised myself,” Hodson said. “After the game my coach came up and said, ‘38 points, great game Cat.’ I had no idea I had that many points.

“The first quarter I think I had five 3-pointers. I told myself to just keep shooting. Usually with our plays, I wind up in the corner. Last night our point guard didn’t start so I played point, and that meant I took more shots from up top of the key.”

Hodson’s performance also drew rave reviews from St. Joseph’s Academy coach Stephanie Helgeson and McKinley coach Corey Grant. Brianna Brown finished with 27 points to lead MHS.

“She (Hodson) carried the team on her shoulders,” Helgeson said. “I have been preaching leadership, trying to get our seniors to step up and lead this team and she did exactly that last night. I was extremely proud.

“I have been trying to get her in control. When she is in control, the entire team is. She did a good job of that last night.”

Grant added, “She (Hodson) was on fire. She couldn’t miss.”

Hodson averages 16 points per game for the Redstickers, who host East Ascension at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Area meetings Thursday

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s preconvention area meetings for the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas are set for Thursday for coaches and administrators.

LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson will review the agenda for the annual LHSAA convention set for Jan. 23-25 at Baton Rouge’s Crowne Plaza. The meeting for Baton Rouge administrators and athletic directors is set for 8:30 a.m. at the LHSAA office. The New Orleans meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Hilton Airport located in Kenner.

Hall of Fame games

The schedule for Madison Prep and Scotlandville High’s Hall of Fame Basketball Classic set for Jan. 26 at Baton Rouge Community College consists of five games.

Action starts at 1:30 p.m. with a boys game between Metairie Park Country Day and Beau Chene. At 3 p.m., University High takes on Scotlandville in the lone girls game.

Three boys games cap the action: Central vs. Central Catholic-Morgan City at 4:30 p.m., Scotlandville vs. Parkview Baptist at 6 p.m. and Madison Prep vs. Christian Life at 7:30 p.m.

Knight returns

East Iberville High post player Kaitlyn Knight saw her first action of the 2012-13 season in Tuesday’s 73-43 road win over Ascension Christian.

The 6-foot-3 Knight has been rehabbing a summer knee injury that required surgery and was a Class 1A all-state and All-Metro player a year ago. She had six points, four rebounds and one blocked shot in 10 minutes for the Tigers, who are 11-12 and 2-1 in District 9-1A.

Baseball clinic

The Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association will hold its 2013 coaches clinic starting Friday at the Holiday Inn South. The two-day clinic concludes Saturday.

Southern Mississippi’s Chad Caillet and South Alabama’s Mark Calvi are among the speakers along with ex-major leaguer Russ Johnson, a former LSU and Denham Springs High standout.

Sessions begin at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The 2012 state championship coaches, including Robin Herd of Class C Family Christian, will be honored in a ceremony starting at for 7 p.m. Friday.

Saia in all-star game

Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Kevin Saia, a former Dutchtown standout, is playing in the NFLPA All-Star game set for Saturday in Carson, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. Saia is the son of Dutchtown coach Benny Saia.

Saia is rooming with Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley, who also has Louisiana ties. Stanley lived in Prairieville and attended Episcopal from kindergarten until eighth grade before moving to Rockville, Md.

LSUA signees

The Dunham School catcher Kyle Duhe was not the only Baton Rouge area player to sign a baseball scholarship with LSU-Alexandria recently.

LSUA, coached by former Redemptorsist player Brent Porche, also signed Centreville Academy’s Corey Gaulden, a right-handed pitcher.