(Crystal City) The St. Pius Lancers marched into Crystal City and swept the Crystal City Hornets in a doubleheader on the basketball floor in both girls and boys tonight on KJFF.

The ladies came away with a 52-39 win while the boys won 56-40. The girls got things started first on the night as the Lancers kept a steady pace gradually increasing a five point lead to ten by halftime. St. Pius dominated defensively forcing multiple turnovers that led to easy transition buckets to extend their lead…

Guard Jesse Romano would finish with 12 points on the night for the Lancers while teammate Jordanne Mickley scored a game high 16 points on the night.

Lancers head coach Aaron Portell says Mickley stepped up in abscense of the team’s second leading scorer in Sammy Linderer….

Crystal City was led on the night by their leading scorer on the season in Kailey Kreig who dropped 14.

Hornets head coach Ken Jones is proud of his team’s effort after outscoring the Lancers 18-11 in the fourth quarter…

Crystal City falls to 5-11 on the year with the loss while St. Pius moves to 10-7.

The boys game saw more of the same as the Lancers jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as nine points at the half. St. Pius locked down defensively as Hornets junior Brady DeGeare was the only player to score a field goal for Crystal City in the first half.

Crystal City kept fighting though trimming the lead to as little as two until sophomore guard Jalen Thornton’s athleticism proved too much for the Hornets….

Thornton would finish with 15 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists on the night. The Lancers would go on a five to nothing run to open the fourth quarter to push the lead back to double digits and seal the win.

St. Pius head coach Eric Lawrence says Thornton played well despite some obstacles…

Crystal City head coach Sean Breeze says the Lancers’ defense was too much to handle…

DeGeare led the Hornets with a game high 22 points but with the loss they fall to 4-15 on the year while the Lancers improve to 5-13.