CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All throughout its first-half malaise, Linsly somehow managed to keep hanging around against Charleston Catholic Saturday evening. The Cadets were rewarded for their persistence.
Anthony Wallace scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as Linsly rebounded from deficits as large as 15 points to earn a 56-53 victory at Catholic's Athletic Complex.
It marked the first loss of the season for the Irish (4-1), last year's Class A runners-up.
Colton Coss knocked down three 3-pointers in the second half for Linsly, and Wallace's driving three-point play with 27 seconds left gave the Wheeling private school its first and only lead at 55-53.
"I'm proud of how we trusted each other,'' said Linsly coach James Wallace. "Guys stepped up and took the roles they were forced to take . . . That was very good Linsly basketball in terms of relentlessness.''
Catholic led 37-22 midway through the third quarter, and it looked like it wasn't Linsly's night. Everything was going wrong - 4 of 19 shooting in the first quarter, foul problems for Anthony Wallace - the team's top scorer - and five offensive fouls through three periods.
Linsly (2-3), however, capitalized late against a short Irish bench, forcing Catholic into six fourth-quarter turnovers and limiting the Irish to 1 of 6 shooting in that time. The Cadets also knocked down three 3s in the final period to gain ground.
Anthony Wallace, who entered the game averaging 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, missed his first six shots and was 1 of 10 at halftime as Linsly trailed 24-18. But he was money in the fourth quarter, hitting 4 of 5, including the winning three-point play, which followed three straight Irish turnovers.