Santa Fe, Saint Paul boys, girls split conference matchups
On Friday, Jan. 19, the Santa Fe High School Chiefs and Lady Chiefs traveled to Saint Paul Lutheran High School for I-70 Conference matchups. Each high school accomplished one varsity win, as the Lady Chiefs continued their dominance with a win, and the Saints did the same thing in the boys matchup.
Santa Fe 44
Saint Paul 35
In the girls varsity matchup, the Lady Chiefs got ahead early (13-point deficit at the end of the first quarter) behind 18 first-quarter points, 13 of which were credited to senior Sadie Limback. Limback, who would finish with a game-high 27 points, was the only Santa Fe girl to reach double-digit scoring as the Lady Chiefs slowed down the pace of play (and thus scoring) in the final three quarters, only putting in 10 points in a quarter once again (ten points in the third).
Despite winning the final three quarters by a margin of 28-26, and attempting to make the game interesting, the Saints couldnít pull the victory out, despite double-digit scoring from junior Chloe Fuhrman (12 points) and sophomore Joanna Peuster (11 points). Normal point-providers, junior forwards Karson Troth (two points) and Jada Strickland (zero), couldnít get it going against the staunch Santa Fe defense, which carried the Lady Chiefs through the back-stretch of the game.
The Lady Chiefs advance to 13-2 (2-1 in conference) with the victory.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 4-9 (0-2 in conference).
Santa Fe † 34
Saint Paul 51
In the boys varsity matchup, an almost identical first-quarter start put the game out of reach early when the Saints limited the Chiefs to just five first-quarter points and rode the momentum ó plus 19 second-quarter points ó to an easy victory.
When two players combine for 70 percent of a teamís combined scoring, the odds for a win arenít going to be very high. The Chiefs are an example of this, as seniors Andrew Edwards and Blake Schreiman (12 points each) contributed the vast majority of their teamís points, ultimately in a losing effort.
For the Saints, game-high 14-point performances from senior Mark Allen and junior Elijah Mueller were enough to propel the Saints to victory. Junior Dobrivoj Andrejic also came off of the bench to provide 10 points for the victorious Saints. Allen connected on four threes for the Saints, with junior Micah Lemmons putting in the other of the teamís five three-balls.
The victory moves the Saints to 13-2 (2-1 in conference) on the season.
With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 9-7(1-1 in conference).