Saint Paul girls complete successful week on the road
I-70 Conference — Tuesday, Jan. 8 — Lone Jack High School
Saint Paul 37
Lone Jack 45
A tough matchup brought the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball team into I-70 Conference schedule, as the Lone Jack High School Mules got ahead and stayed there in the 45-37 defeat.
Still trying to find their groove offensively in the absence of one of their standout players (senior Lynda Bennett), the Saints did good work on defense.
Senior Kerstin Martens finished with five steals, while fellow senior Jada Strickland pulled three steals of her own en route to a combined total of ten as a team.
Despite never being down by very much at any given time, the Saints didn’t score as efficiently as they had in prior performances.
Karson Troth finished with 11 points and two assists, while fellow seniors Strickland (nine points, nine rebounds) and Chloe Fuhrman (seven points, 11 rebounds) nearly collected double-doubles.
The Saints fall to 7-4 (0-1) with the loss in their conference opener. With no time to dwell on losses, they would quickly turn to their next game, a road matchup with the Lafayette County High School Lady Huskers.
The Lady Mules kept their hot streak rolling, advancing to 9-2 (2-0). They will be a tough match come district tournament time.
Non-conference — Thursday, Jan 10 — Lafayette County High School
Saint Paul 51
Lafayette Co. 42
After a few games spent searching for consistency on the offensive end, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball team finally found it against the Lafayette County High School Lady Huskers girls basketball team, staying on top throughout en route to the 51-42 victory.
All four quarters saw the Saints outscore the Huskers. All four quarters also saw the Saints score between 11 and 14 points.
A pair of seniors — Chloe Fuhrman (14 points, five assists, four rebounds) and Jada Strickland (12 points, eight rebounds) — set the tone offensively. They were joined by freshman Adrien Martens (10 points), seniors Kerstin Martens (five points, 11 rebounds) and Karson Troth (four points, four assists, four rebounds), freshman Hailey Arnold (four points, six assists).
Defensively, Strickland was fierce, blocking five shots and collecting two steals. Troth collected three steals of her own.
The win moves the Saints to 8-4 (1-0) with the win. They’ll try to do it again on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when they travel to Lathrop High School.
The Huskers fell to 5-8 with the loss.