Lady Saints handle Sweet Springs in semifinal
Saint Paul's Lady Saints kept their basketball season alive while ending that of the Sweet Springs Lady Grey-hounds, 46-34, in the Class 2, District 15 semifinal round last Wednesday at Sweet Springs.
Limiting Sweet Springs to only one field goal and six points in the third quarter, the Lady Saints were able to scoot away from a 26-20 halftime lead to lead 43-26 and cruise to the end of the game.
In the difference-making third quarter, the Lady Saints had a two-point field goal and a three-pointer from Taylor Vogelsmeier and two baskets apiece from Louisa Mehl and Audrey Mehl.
"We moved the ball well and got open shots, which we made," SPLHS head coach John Beerman said.
Though the Lady Saints were outscored 8-3 in the fourth quarter, Sweet Springs didn't do nearly enough to get back in the game.
"We played aggressively defensively and were able to generate some offense."
The Lady Saints, getting a field goal and two free throws from Brackman and two field goals from Louisa Mehl, held a skinny 10-9 lead through one quarter.
Kathleen Tyler hit a three-pointer and Kristin Jones added three points for the Lady 'Hounds.
Sara Riesterer scored all seven of her points and Brackman six as the Lady Saints led by five at the intermission.
Vogelsmeier, who hit two three-point baskets, Louisa Mehl and Brackman each had 10 points to lead the Lady Saints.
"While we didn't play particularly well, this was a quality group of young ladies to coach. They have been a true joy," SSHS head coach Boyd Jones said.
The Lady 'Hounds, who hit only 10 of 39 field-goal attempts, had 10 points from Kristin Jones and seven from Rachel Thornton.
Coach Jones has to replace the losses of seven seniors, including four starters. Gone will be Kristin Jones, Hollie Heaper, Rachel Thornton, Jordan White, Jodie Harris, Kim Rennison and Kathleen Tyler. Jones, Thornton, Harris and Tyler were full-time starters.
The Lady Saints had won the only meeting of the season, 51-44, Jan. 22.