Bulldogs basketball in the Class 4 boys quarterfinal Saturday
Notre Dame boys basketball coach Paul Unterreiner realizes his team has had a charmed month of March.
A 57-55 overtime win over Dexter in overtime March 3.
A 38-37 double overtime victory to win the C4D1 title over Cape Central March 6.
Those hard-fought, closely contested games in the Dawg Pound led to Tuesday’s 60-47 double-digit defeat of Central Park Hills – in a sectional contest played on a neutral court in Farmington.
Don’t use the word “rout” to Unterreiner, though.
“(The Park Hills game) only got comfortable toward the very end when we pulled away,” said Unterreiner.
“Survive and advance,” he added.
Notre Dame (25-4) will play in Saturday’s 2:45 p.m. Class 4 quarterfinal against Westminster Christian Academy (24-4) at St. Vincent High School in Perryville.
COVID-19 top of mind
Due to coronavirus concerns, the Missouri High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has put strict rules in place.
The teams have been allotted just 60 tickets each to avoid the sort of large gatherings state officials fear could aid the spread of COVID-19.
The small crowd will be a far cry from the packed Dawg Pound back at Notre Dame.
“No matter how many watch (the game),” Unterreiner said, “these boys deserve to play.”
Available for streaming
St. Louis-based Prepcasts.com is planning on streaming both the boys and girls quarterfinals, in what amounts to a weekend doubleheader for the Bulldogs.
A ND doubleheader in Perryville
The Notre Dame girls team is also scheduled to play Saturday in a 1 p.m. tipoff against Rockwood Summit.
Players to watch
Unterreiner will be watching intently the post matchup between 6-foot-5 Bulldogs center Caleb LeGrand and Westminster’s Brennan Orf.
Orf, a 6-foot-3 senior, has been averaging 15 points and seven rebounds a game for the C4D4 champion Wildcats.
“Caleb took his physicality to a whole other level in the Park Hills game,” said Unterreiner. “I haven’t seen (LeGrand) play with that kind of fire before.”
Unterreiner will be looking to 5-foot-9 senior guard Tyler Landewee, who scored 18 against the Rebels, to pace Notre Dame’s offense.
“(Tyler) is the engine who makes us go,” Unterreiner said. “We feed off his fight and fire – it’s contagious.
“He is as competitive a kid as I’ve ever coached,” Unterreiner added.
Notre Dame’s skipper says his 14-member squad is an unselfish bunch.
“That’s what’s good about our team,” Unterreiner said. “Nobody cares who’s doing the scoring.”
If Notre Dame makes it to the Class 4 semifinals, the Bulldogs would play the winner of Raytown South (24-3) and Lafayette/St. Joseph (19-9) Thursday.