Lady Saints take two out of three
After losing their final two games of the Lafayette County Tournament, John Beerman's Saint Paul Lady Saints needed to taste victory again.
The Lady Saints had little trouble in disposing of visiting Lone Jack 54-29 in their first I-70 Conference game last week Tuesday.
The Lady Saints had a chance to exact a bit of revenge only five nights after dropping a 52-27 decision to Higginsville in the third-place game of the Lafayette County Tournament. But missed shots and two late free throws by the Lady Huskers gave Higginsville a 53-51 win at SPLHS Thursday.
On Saturday, the Lady Saints rebounded with a lopsided 61-23 victory over visiting Northwest.
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Breanna Vogelsmeier netted nine points in the first quarter, the Lady Saints racing to a 21-6 lead.
Tiffany Bennett pumped in six points, and the Lady Saints improved their lead to 38-18 by halftime.
Rebecca Roepe scored half of her 12 points in the third quarter, and the Lady Saints' defense was stifling, SPLHS leading 58-21 going to the fourth quarter.
Vogelsmeier and Bennett each had 13 points for the Lady Saints.
Jessi Zimmerman scored 11 points for the Lady Mustangs.
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In the end, it was the Lady Huskers' Kelsey Stuenkel's two free throws with less than three seconds left that decided the contest.
The Lady Saints fought valiantly in the final minutes, battling back from a 39-30 deficit to start the last eight minutes.
Roepe led the charge by scoring 10 of her game-high 22 points. Bennett also stepped up to hit a three-pointer and score seven points.
With the game tied, 51-51, the Lady Saints had the ball and 16 seconds on the clock.
After a missed field-goal attempt, the Lady Saints fouled Stuenkel, and the junior nailed both charities, not leaving the Lady Saints enough time to get off a quality shot before the final buzzer.
Still, Beerman saw many positives.
"Being down nine going into the fourth quarter, the girls could have quit, but they fought back," he said.
Bennett scored 10 points, Madison Pitsch nine and Vogelsmeier seven.
Sam Davis had 13 points, Diamond Thirkield 12 and Emma Dyer 10 for the Lady Huskers.
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Opening up a 24-4 advantage after the first quarter, the Lady Saints were on their way to an easy victory.
Vogelsmeier started hot, hit-ting four shots and scoring nine points in the opening stanza.
Roepe also hit three field goals and scored seven points and Bennett a two and a three.
The Lady Saints increased their lead to 38-14 by halftime.
Pitsch drilled two field goals in the third quarter as the Lady Saints headed to the fourth quarter with a 50-21 edge.
Roepe paced the Lady Saints with 15 points. Vogelsmeier finished with 12 points.
Reese Radmacher led the Lady Mules with nine points.