Saints girls go two-for-three in busy week
A week with back-to-back nonconference games were followed by an I-70 Conference matchup for the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls and boys basketball teams resulted in a successful week for the squads. The boys squad stuck to their winning ways en route to a clean week of wins, and the ladies followed two blowout victories with a loss despite a good performance.
Monday, Jan. 28
La Monte 20
Saint Paul 64
Scoring wasn’t hard to come by for one squad in the first matchup of the week for the Lady Saints, who cruised to a 64-20 victory over La Monte High School.
Senior posts Chloe Fuhrman (six rebounds, three steals) and Jada Strickland (four rebounds, two steals) each cracked double-digits in the statline, collecting 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
Freshman Hailey Arnold (eight rebounds, five steals and sophomore Mary Frerking continued to step up, each scoring seven points, as well.
The Saints moved to 11-5 (2-1) with the easy victory.
La Monte falls to 4-18 with the loss.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Saint Paul 57
Another day, another smooth sail for the Lady Saints, who knocked off a winless Versailles High School squad, 57-37.
Ten Saints got into the scoring column, with sophomore Mary Frerking leading the way with a 17 point outburst. She knocked down three of her four three-point attempts. Freshman Hailey Arnold tallied eight points, and seniors Kerstin Martens (five steals) and Jada Strickland (nine rebounds).
Chloe Fuhrman also got involved, as the senior collected five points and eight rebounds.
The Saints advance to 12-5 (2-1) with the victory.
Versailles falls to 0-20 with the loss.
Friday, Feb. 1
Saint Paul 55
Despite two anti-climatic victories earlier in the week, the Saints dropped their only I-70 Conference matchup of the week, falling to Wellington-Napoleon High School, 69-55.
Subtracting the middle two quarters of the matchup, the Lady Saints outpaced the Lady Tigers, 32-29, behind an 11-8 first quarter advantage and equal scoring in the fourth quarter, 21-21.
Unfortunately for Saint Paul faithful, the middle quarters were not rewarding to the Saints, as they got doubled up in the second quarter, 18-9, and outscored in the third quarter as well, 22-14.
The middle quarters would prove to be too much for the Lady Saints to overcome, as the deficit leading into the final frame was 48-34.
Despite the loss, the Saints got dominant performances out of multiple ladies.
Senior Jada Strickland was a beast on the blocks, dropping 14 points while collecting 15 rebounds and three blocks. Seniors Kerstin Martens (17 points, two steals) and Karson Troth (11 points, seven rebounds, six assists) also collected double digits in points.
Senior Chloe Fuhrman also went for seven points and rebounds each.
The loss moves the Saints to 12-6 (2-2).
Wellington-Napoleon continues their excellent season, moving to 16-3 (3-0) with the victory.