Saints open season with two victories
Big games offensively from Isaiah Roepe versus KC Lutheran and Jon Foster against Wentworth sparked the Saint Paul Saints to easy wins over those two teams last week.
The Saints opened the season with a 59-23 victory at KC Lutheran last week Tuesday. The Saints hammered Went-worth 57-28 in front of the home crowd Thursday.
at Saint Paul 57, Wentworth 28
The Saints rolled out of the gates, racing to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter.
Saint Paul led 30-12 at halftime and pulled away to a 50-18 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
"We really passed the ball well on the interior, which led to some open shots," SPLHS head coach Monte Pitsch said.
The Saints' biggest dominance was defensively as they pilfered 23 steals.
"Wentworth has some nice pieces. They will only get better," Pitsch said.
Foster paced the Saints with 18 points and seven rebounds. Sam Schmidt finished with 11 points, four assists and four steals.
The Red Dragons' Gabriel Togni led all scorers with 20 points.
"The Togni kid is a very good player," Pitsch said. "I thought Nolan (Peters), Elijah Rodewald and Michael (Nebel) did a very good job of keeping him to 10 points through three quarters."
Saint Paul 59, at KC Lutheran 23
After a 16-10 first-quarter run, the Saints ratcheted up the defense, running away to a 31-17 lead at the end of the first half and 50-21 through three stanzas.
"We played catch up much of the first quarter," Pitsch said.
He said the Saints put together multiple good possessions at the end of the first quarter to gain the six-point lead.
"We really got after it defensively, midway through the first quarter," Pitsch said. "KC Lutheran has some talent, and I thought the aggressive de-fense wouldn't let them get comfortable."
The Saints were paced by Roepe with 20 points, including four three-point baskets. Gerhard von zur Muehlen chipped in nine points.
"It was a great game in that all of our kids saw significant time, and our subs got some valuable experience."