Lady Saints lose first two games

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Starting the season with almost an entirely new squad, head coach John Beerman knew there might be some struggles for the Saint Paul Lady Saints.

The Lady Saints have struggled their first two outings, losing 54-34 at Lexington last week Monday and 50-31 at home to Oak Grove Friday.

Despite the two double-digit losses, Beerman said the Lady Saints have improved.

"We played better this game than last," he said of the game versus Oak Grove. "But we had way too many turnovers which dictated the score.

The Lady Panthers had two big quarters, which made the difference. They outscored Saint Paul 14-5 in the second quarter and 13-6 in the fourth.

"We were bothered by their pressure and never took time to get into any kind of offensive rhythm," Beerman said.

The Lady Saints played with Oak Grove at the outset, trailing only 11-10 after the opening quarter.

Saint Paul, which was missing a couple of vital players, was behind 37-25 going to the fourth quarter.

"We're still looking for scorers," Beerman said. "We were shorthanded with Meghann Roepe and Malaina Pitsch, both out with injuries. And as a result, we played basically six girls and they wore out the second half."

Grace Stumbaugh led Saint Paul in scoring with 17 points.

"Oak Grove is a much- improved ball club over last year and will win its share of games this year," Beerman said. "I saw improvement from our younger players; it's a learning process for them."

at Lexington 54, Saint Paul 34
The Lady Saints played a strong first half, trailing only 28-25. But the Minutewomen opened a double-digit lead with a 10-2 run in the third quarter and put away the game with a 16-7 fourth-quarter spree.

Stumbaugh paced the Lady Saints with 17 points. Lynda Bennett was next with six points.

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