In the aftermath of last Friday's loss at Monessen, Washington High School boys basketball coach Ron Faust said his Prexies had glaring "offensive deficiencies" and they were a big reason why Washington lost the game and its usual place atop the Section 5-AA standings.
"If we can't get to the free throw line and stop the clock, you can't get into any pressure situations," Faust said. "In the first half, we had very little clock stoppage."
Washington (5-1, 11-4) didn't get to the foul line much in the second half either.
The Prexies took four free throws and made just two.
There's little doubt Washington thrives on defensive pressure and offensive rebounding. The Prexies are at their best when creating turnovers and few teams crash the boards as hard.
Monessen (6-0, 11-4), however, managed to expose a couple of Washington's weaknesses, including an inability to get to the free-throw line.
Greyhounds point guard Tim Tyree dominated on both ends and his ability to run the offense was something Washington did not have on Friday night.
The Prexies also struggled shooting, as they continually missed open shots inside and failed to convert several putbacks.