Canady leads Metro Christian boys past Dutch
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, January 04, 2013
1/04/13 at 5:41 AM
Reid Canady led a dramatic turnaround for Metro Christian in its rematch with Holland Hall on Thursday night.
Canady scored 25 points, including four treys, to propel the Patriots past the visiting Dutch 57-48 at Woody West Field House.
His scoring production equaled the Patriots' output in a 21-point loss at Holland Hall on Nov. 29.
"We learned a lot from that game, and we shot the ball well tonight," Canady said. "We passed it well, and they found me open."
Offense has often been a problem this season for the Patriots (4-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Thursday's win was only the second time the Patriots have scored more than 46 points.
"We were a little disappointed with the three-game losing streak because we know we're better than that," Metro coach Andrew Baker said. "We had a couple close losses, games we thought we could have won if we had shot the ball better.
"The guys have been doing a real good job playing defense and controlling the tempo, so it was nice to come back tonight and get the ball to drop. Reid relaxed and shot the ball really well."
Canady, a senior, helped set the tone with eight points in the first quarter that offset the eight scored by Holland Hall's Zack Rogers.
"Any time a guy can get going like that it's big for his confidence," Baker said. "... Reid did a good job not forcing shots. He was in a rhythm and showed maturity, taking the shots he felt comfortable with and passing on the ones he didn't. "
Holland Hall led 20-15 midway through the second quarter before the Patriots tied it at 25 going into intermission on Trevor Angell's trey.
The Patriots opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run that included Connor Freese's two treys and were never caught, although the Dutch had some chances.
With Metro leading 38-34, the Dutch missed all four free throws on a dead-ball situation after a technical foul in the fourth quarter's opening minute. Matt Bayliss' basket cut the Dutch's deficit to 41-40, but Canady answered with a 3-pointer and the Patriots started to pull away.
Rogers led the Dutch (7-4) with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Bayliss added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Holland Hall 54, Metro Christian 32 (girls): Ann Savage had 18 points and Kelsey Arnold scored 16 to lead the Dutch (7-4) past the Patriots. Savage sank three of her four treys in the second quarter to lift the Dutch to a 28-13 halftime lead.
"I thought we played pretty well coming off the holiday break," Holland Hall coach Crystal Lawson said. "Ann shoots really well if she has time and space, and works on it a lot. She is a sophomore and has been having a good season. She also had a good year as a freshman."
Arnold scored 12 points in the second half to keep the Dutch in command. Katie Baldeck added 12 points for Holland Hall.
"I am pleased with where we're at," Lawson said. "We lost a lot to graduation, but this is a team that is playing better and better together each game."
Sydney Burn paced Metro with 12 points.
METRO CHRISTIAN 57, HOLLAND HALL 48 (boys)
Holland Hall (7-4): Rogers 19, Bayliss 17, Cooks 4, Presslauer 3, Stickney 3, Townsend 2.
Metro Christian (4-5): Canady 25, Freese 11, Angell 11, Petrich 6, Alexander 2, Woolslayer 2.
HOLLAND HALL 54, METRO CHRISTIAN 32 (girls)
Holland Hall (7-4): Savage 18, Arnold 16, Baldeck 12, Taylor 5, Gross 2, Dunn 1.
Metro Christian (2-5): Burn 12, Stegmann 6, Schooley 5, Krieger 5, Gibbons 2, Spear 2.
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Holland Hall's T.J. Cooks tries to keep up with the drive by Metro Christian's Link Strickland in the first half of their game at Metro on Thursday. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World