Saint Paul boys and girls fall to Sacred Heart of Sedalia
On Jan. 15, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Sedalia for nonconference matchups with the Sacred Heart High School Gremlins. Neither Saints team could pull out the victory, although the boys matchup came down to the wire.
Saint Paul 42
Sacred Heart 66
In the girls matchup, the Saints found themselves following a pattern they’ve been setting in recent games: getting behind early. This was evident after their 16-point first half (eight points per quarter) offensive output combined with 19- and 22-point Gremlin quarters. While the second half was much closer (the Saints lost the third quarter 13-11 and won the final quarter 15-12), it was decidedly too little, too late for Saint Paul.
For the Gremlins, a fresh 9-3 record awaited them with the victory.
For the Saints, however, their record fell to 4-11 (0-2 in conference) with the loss.
Saint Paul 61
Sacred Heart 68
A highly-anticipated matchup between two Missouri Basketball Coaches Association ranked programs (Sacred Heart – No. 1 in Class 2; Saint Paul – No. 10 in Class 3) led to a dramatic game.
In spite of scoring more points in half of the quarters, it was the second and fourth quarters that truly told the tale of the game. In these quarters, the Saints were outscored 19-13 and 19-12 and, though the Saints couldn’t keep the Gremlins from scoring enough to secure the victory.
Senior Mark Allen had a super efficient game, scoring 21 points on just 13 shots. Junior Elijah Muehler also had an impressive game in spite of a quiet second half in the scoring department. Thirteen of his 15 points came in the first half, knocking in four first-half threes and a free throw. He also had a team-high 10 assists. The team scored off of an assist 83 percent of the time they scored out of their half-court set against the Gremlins.
The victory improves the Gremlins’ record to 13-1. With the loss, the Saints fell to 13-2 (2-0 in conference).