Lady Saints drop two games during week
By giving up over 50 points in each of its outings last week, the Saints Paul Lady Saints basketball team lost both home contests.
Pilot Grove downed the Lady Saints 57-46 last week Tuesday. And in a must-win game versus Wellington on Friday, the Lady Saints gave up a huge first-quarter lead and lost 55-42.
Wellington 55, at Saint Paul 42
The Lady Saints started fast, opening a 14-point lead through eight minutes.
Rebecca Schultz connected three times from behind the three-point arc, and Gabby Kueck and Tiffany Bennett each hit a three and a two.
But the Lady Tigers gained the upper hand in the second quarter, first whittling the 21-7 deficit into single digits and then getting within one point by intermission -- 23-22.
"Two games were played Friday. In the first quarter, we couldn't miss a shot, hitting five threes and were up 21-7," SPLHS head coach John Beerman said. "The second quarter, (Rebecca) Roepe and Bennett picked up their second fouls and had to sit, and we got no scoring from anyone."
While Kueck scored the Lady Saints' lone two-point field goal, Wellington was getting scoring from five different players.
A 10-5 third quarter lifted the Lady Tigers into the lead, 32-28.
Still, the Lady Saints forced Wellington to finish off the game.
"Wellington shot 25 free throws the fourth quarter and made 14 to stave us off," Beerman said.
The Lady Tigers were 25 for 36 from the stripe in the game, compared to four for 12 for Saint Paul.
Beerman said the Lady Saints have problems putting the ball in the basket at times.
"When we don't have all of our players available, we have difficulty scoring," he said. "Give Andy Hampton's team credit; they didn't quit, which I knew they wouldn't."
In a game where they had balanced scoring, the Lady Tigers were paced by 11 points each from Jaime Ruskey and Madison Thornburg.
The Lady Saints had 14 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, from Bennett. Kueck and Schultz each had nine points. Roepe added eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Pilot Grove 57, at Saint Paul 46
It was really a bad second quarter that did in the Lady Saints.
Saint Paul got eight points from Roepe and led 14-10 through one quarter.
But the point production fell off in the second quarter, the Lady Tigers surging to a 28-19 lead behind two threes and eight points from Allison Weekley and two more threes from Melissa Schlotzhauer.
The Lady Saints crept within 39-31 by the end of the third quarter.
"We fought back to within three in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer than that," Beerman said. "Pilot Grove hit 15 of 16 free throws the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.
"They've got a good team and shot the three-ball well; we didn't hit one three-pointer the entire night."
Kerigan Wessing scored 20 points for the Lady Tigers, who also had 13 points each from Weekly and Schlotzhauer. Pilot Grove hit eight three-point baskets.
Roepe led the Lady Saints' attack with 17 points, including seven for 10 from the line. Kueck tossed in 10 points. Roepe added 10 rebounds, eight blocked shots, three steals and two assists. Kueck added nine boards and five steals.
Beerman wants the Lady Saints to forget about the losses.
"We've got some fine tuning to do as we go into the last part of this season, but I'm confident in the girls' ability," he said.