Lady Saints take two of three during week
Last week began with a quality win at Cole Camp (Monday) but ended with a disappointing loss at Odessa (Thursday) for the Saint Paul Lady Saints. The Lady Saints also whipped Lincoln in a home game Tuesday.
Saint Paul 50,
at Cole Camp 40
The Lady Saints opened a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and maintained at least a 10-point lead at the end of each quarter.
"We played very well defensively in the first half, especially the first quarter," SPLHS head coach John Beer-man said.
Rebecca Roepe spurred the opening quarter with five points. Marissa Brackman also converted an old-fashioned three-point play.
Brackman hit a three-pointer and scored five second-quarter points, the Lady Saints increasing their lead to 24-13 at the half.
Brackman continued hot in the third quarter, hitting her second and third three and scoring seven points, the Lady Saints holding a 38-28 lead going to the fourth quarter.
"Cole Camp has a solid team, and we had some trouble with their inside height," Beer-man said.
Brackman finished with four threes and 21 points. Devon Heins added two threes and eight points.
"Defensively, we keep getting better, and more players are contributing,:" Beerman said.
at Saint Paul 50, Lincoln 8
The Lady Saints were red hot from the start, scoring 25 points in the first quarter and holding a 22-point lead.
Seven Lady Saints scored the first-quarter spree, including three-pointers from Brackman and Tiffany Bennett.
The Lady Saints slowed things way down the rest of the night, leading 32-7 at the intermission and 40-8 heading to the quick-clock fourth quarter.
"We were able to get everyone into the game, getting valuable playing time," Beerman said.
Brackman paced the Lady Saints with 11 points. Nine of the 11 Lady Saints scored points, including eight from Roepe.
at Odessa 42, Saint Paul 36
The Lady Saints trailed almost throughout, behind 9-8 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime.
"Odessa out-physicaled us," Beerman said. We didn't respond well to it until the second half."
Despite hitting only 19 percent of their two-point shots, the Lady Saints were able to battle back to forge a short-lived lead in the fourth quarter.
"Odessa knocked down some shots late in the quarter to regain the lead," Beerman said.
"Our defensive intensity wasn't as high as a team as I think it should be. Devon Heins set the tone in the fourth quarter defensively that I would like to see for our team."
Heins paced the Lady Saints with two threes and 12 points. Brackman also had two threes and 10 points.