Lady Saints win two of three on court
Playing without Audrey Mehl, who is out for an emergency appendectomy, for the final two games last week had mixed reviews for the Saint Paul Lady Saints basketball team.
The Lady Saints started last week with a resounding 53-43 victory at Hardin-Central on Monday when Audrey Mehl was in the lineup.
Without Mehl, the Lady Saints dropped a 41-33 decision to Smithton at home Tuesday and downed Wellington 56-35 Friday.
Saint Paul 53, at Hardin-Central 43
The Lady Saints took control of the game as it progressed, only pressured a bit down the stretch.
Despite Audrey Mehl scoring eight points, the Lady Saints fell behind through one quarter because Megan Layman matched her for Hardin-Central and three of her teammates scored, too.
Holding the Lady Bulldogs to just one basket by Layman in the second quarter, the Lady Saints grabbed a 20-16 halftime advantage. Audrey Mehl and Marissa Brackman each scored four points.
With Taylor Vogelsmeier and Audrey Mehl each hitting two baskets and Devon Heins a three-pointer, the Lady Saints increased their lead to 35-28 going to the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs trimmed the lead to two in the fourth quarter before Vogelsmeier drained another three-pointer and SPLHS hit seven of nine free throws to stretch out the lead.
"The girls kept their composure when Hardin made its run and responded with some good offensive and defensive production," SPLHS head coach John Beerman said.
Audrey Mehl finished with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. Vogelsmeier added 11 points and Brackman 10.
"We didn't have an answer for Megan Layman the first quarter, but we held her to four points the rest of the game," Beerman said.
Frankie Chilcutt also had 13 points, 11 in the second half, for the Lady Bulldogs.
Smithton 41,at Saint Paul 33
When a team hits only nine of 44 field-goal attempts, it has little chance of winning.
"This was one of those games where we never got into a flow," Beerman said. "We would have spurts of good play."
The Lady Saints found themselves behind only 9-7 after one quarter. But the bad shooting continued in the second quarter, Smithton building a 20-10 lead behind seven points each from Megan Glenn and Paige Dowdy.
The Lady Saints played better in the third quarter, but just barely, trailing 26-17 with a quarter to go.
"We cut the lead to four several times, but we didn't do the things necessary to win," Beerman said.
The Lady Saints sent Smithton to the line to try to slow down the clock in the waning minutes. Smithton was up to the task, hitting 11 of 14 charities down the stretch to nail down the road win.
Glenn paced the Lady Tigers with 13 points. Dowdy and Bethany Freel each had eight points.
Sara Riesterer paced the Lady Saints with eight points.
Saint Paul 56, at Wellington 35
The Lady Saints grabbed the lead early and didn't relinquish it at Wellington.
The Lady Saints, getting nine points from Brackman, built a 13-6 first-quarter lead. Brackman and Riesterer each scored four second-quarter points and Saint Paul held a 29-15 advantage at the break.
Louisa Mehl came through with six third-quarter points, helping the Lady Saints to a 44-23 lead.
"We shot the ball well and played good defense," Beerman said. "We attacked the basket well."
Brackman paced the Lady Saints with 19 points. Riesterer added 11 points and Louisa Mehl eight. Shelby Reade paced the Lady Tigers with 12 points. Katie Kropp added 10 points.