SPLHS girls impressive on the hardwood
Tuesday, Dec. 11 ó Nonconference ó SPLHS
Saint Paul 43
In its first game back from the I-70 Conference Tournament and an impressive third-place finish, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball team dominated the Carrollton High School Trojans in a nonconference matchup, easily picking up a 43-28 victory in front of their home crowd.
The Saints got their points from eight different Saints, showcasing their all-around talent and weapons from all over the court. Only senior Jada Strickland finished in double-digits (12 points). The dominant center and fellow senior post Chloe Fuhrman both finished with two steals and blocks apiece.
The Saints advanced to 4-2 (0-0) with the nonchalant victory.
The Trojans fell to 2-4 with the loss. They could get a chance at retribution in the I-70/MRVC Challenge, however.
Saturday, Dec. 15 ó W-K Holiday Shootout ó State Fair Community College
Saint Paul 56
Sacred Heart 33
The W-K Holiday Shootout tends to create intriguing matchups more often than not, but in the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball teamís matchup, the Sacred Heart High School Gremlins were no match for the Saints, as SPLHS coasted to a 56-33 victory.
With the first quarter of play being an outlier (11-8 Gremlins advantage), the Saints put the Gremlins away early behind a 22-3 second quarter en route to a sizeable 30-14 halftime lead.
Perhaps last yearís 66-42 loss (Jan. 15, 2018) to the Gremlins was still fresh in the Saints minds. If so, seniors Lynda Bennett and Chloe Fuhrman must have been at the top of the list of those wanting revenge. The two Saints combined to outscore the entire Gremlins squad, as Fuhrman finished with a team-high 20 points and Bennett followed her up with 17 points.
Bennett did the majority of her damage with the long-ball, connecting on four 3-pointers.
Fuhrman found bottoms seven times from inside the arc and once from outside it. Fuhrman also pulled down eight rebounds, while Bennett had four rebounds and three assists.
Seniors Karson Troth (two points) and Jada Strickland (eight points) didnít crack double digits in scoring, but both made their presences felt. Strickland finished with six boards, while Troth collected seven rebounds and five assists.
The Saints finished the opening stretch of 2018-2019 with the win, advancing to 5-2 (0-0).
The Gremlins fall to 3-7 on the season. The loss gives ties their total from last season, when they finished 20-7.