Saints record road victory at Higginsville

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In the span of 10 days, Monte Pitsch's Saint Paul Saints downed the top two teams in Lafayette County. On Jan. 3, the Saints upset eventual Lafayette County Tournament champion Wellington 51-48. Thursday, the Saints traveled to Higginsville and downed the Huskers, who finished second in the county tournament, 56-49.

After trailing the game 17-13 through one quarter, the Saints won the final three stanzas. They trailed 25-24 at the half and took the lead 36-31 at the end of three quarters.

"Our kids executed our defensive game plan very well," Pitsch said.

Brandon Haake paced the Saints with 24 points, including 11 for 15 from the free-throw line. Brendan Anderson added 15 points, including four three-pointers in five attempts.

"We had some hot perimeter shooting from Brendan and Brandon, which opened up things in the paint a little down the stretch," Pitsch said.

"Our guards did a decent job with Higginsville's pressure, and then finding guys on the backside of it for layups."

Clint Stuenkel added eight points and Jon Foster four.

"Seth (Dahlke) had 10 rebounds, which was key for us, as well," Pitsch said. "It was a great team effort to beat Higginsville at their place."

Down the stretch, the Saints were solid at the free-throw line, Haake and Anderson hitting 10 of 14 tries in the fourth quarter.

Tyrell Thirkield and Troy Dobson each scored 16 points for the Huskers.

"Hopefully, we can keep gaining momentum and building on our recent success," Pitsch said. "It is fun to watch our kids starting to get it and play with confidence."

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