Country Day’s defense shines _lowres

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR --St. Martin's Will Dean tries to muscle his way through Country Day's McColl Simons, left, and Walker Bright on Tuesday.

Country Day’s defense guaranteed Brandon Womac’s return to his former high school would be troublesome Tuesday night.

The Cajuns held St. Martin’s Womac under his double-digit scoring average, while J.C. Younger jump started Country Day’s slow offensive start by scoring a game-high 19 points en route to a 47-34 District 9-1A victory at home.

With the win, Country Day (9-7) won its third consecutive game, coming off a challenging nondistrict schedule — games against Edna Karr, Helen Cox and others. Coach Mike McGuire said those games will benefit his Class 1A program in district.

“I thought we started slow, missing layups, didn’t execute offensively,” McGuire said. “But on defense, we gave a great effort.

“Womac, is a tough guard. He’s a really tough player. (Country Day guard) Trey Harrell did a beautiful job on him.

In late December, Womac scored 20 points during a nondistrict win, a performance the Cajuns made sure he did not repeat.

“He’s their playmaker,” Younger said of Womac. “We thought if we stopped him and denied him the ball, we could stall their offense. We did a good job of it in the first half.”

St. Martin’s dropped to 9-8, and has lost four straight. Up next for the Saints is a Friday matchup at Covenant Christian. Kevin Bird scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter. Desmond McGovern added six for St. Martin’s.

For Country Day, Walker Bright added 10 points. Romin Williams had eight.

Country Day led throughout, never leading by less than four after the second quarter. Thanks to Younger, whose quick first step and ability to finish at and near the rim proved too much for St. Martin’s. He scored 14 of his points in the first half, when Country Day led 25-19 at halftime.

The Cajuns extended their lead to double digits with a third-quarter run, sparked by Younger. Early in the quarter, he converted a Harrell steal into a layup.

After teammate Walker Bright’s layup and a free throw by Womac, Younger added a pull-up jump shot with 3:19 left, extending Country Day’s lead to 36-22.

“If we relax, shoot free throws, get stops, I think we can play with anybody in our district,” St. Martin’s coach Michael Odom said. “But we missed (7 of 14) free throws and fell behind against a really good team with some really good guard play. It’s tough to play from behind against these guys.”