Saints girls end regular season with victories

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Three games in four days can be brutal, but the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball team made it look easy as they rolled to three straight wins with victories in Concordia over Orrick High School and Sweet Springs High School, then travelling to Crest Ridge High School where they would take down the Cougars.

Monday, Feb. 11—I-70 Conference
SPLHS 62
Orrick 27

It was an easy matchup for the Lady Saints when they hosted the Orrick High School Bearcats, knocking them off 62-27.

An early 15-10 lead for the Saints after one quarter compounded, as the Saints outscored Orrick 22-4 in the second to move the halftime score to 37-14. Things wouldn’t get better for OHS, scoring just two points in the fourth quarter.

Senior Chloe Fuhrman led the way with 21 points, while freshman Hailey Arnold dropped 10 points in the easy I-70 Conference victory. Senior Malaina Pitsch put in nine points, while senior Jada Strickland, put in six points and snagged eight boards. She also blocked two shots.

A balanced offensive approach down the stretch saw six other Saints get in the scoring column.

The win moves the Lady Saints to 13-7 (3-2) on the season.

Losing dropped Orrick to 8-14 (1-5) on their season.

Wednesday, Feb. 13—I-70 Conference
Sweet Springs 15
SPLHS 59

The best performance of the Saints season came against a Sweet Springs High School squad that came into the matchup 15-6 on the season. It was easy sailing for the Saints, however, as they faced nearly no resistance in winning 59-15.

Back-to-back 16-point performances in the first two quarters got the Saints in a comfortable spot, especially considering they held the Lady Greyhounds to just two first quarter points and five in the second, moving the halftime score to 32-7.

Leading the way for the Lady Saints was senior Chloe Fuhrman, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds. She was followed by a great performance by senior Jada Strickland, who finished with 10 points and 14 boards.

Mary Frerking had a nice showing, as the sophomore put up nine points, while seniors Kerstin Martens and Malaina Pitsch put in eight points. Senior Karson Troth also dropped six points, while junior Cynthia Bennett put in three points.

SPLHS moved to 15-7 (4-2) with the victory.

Sweet Springs fell to 15-8 (4-3) on the year with the loss.

Thursday, Feb. 14—I-70 Conference
SPLHS 45
Crest Ridge 39

It wasn’t as easy, but the Saints picked up their third win of the week when they traveled to Crest Ridge High School for a date with the Lady Cougars, winning 45-39.

An early two-point advantage was held by the Cougars, winning the first quarter 14-12. That changed quickly, however, as a hot second quarter saw the Saints move into the lead, 31-26.

Two quiet offensive quarters for both teams followed, but the Saints did enough to maintain their lead, pulling away for the 45-39 win.

Three seniors — Chloe Fuhrman (13 points), Malaina Pitsch (nine points) and Kerstin Martens (eight points) — led the way offensively, Fuhrman collected two blocks and steals apiece, while Pitsch collected five assists in the win.

The victory moves the Saints to 15-7 (5-2) in their final game of the season - and the final regular season game of Saints head coach John Beerman’s career.

Despite the strong effort, Crest Ridge fell to 8-15 (2-5) with the loss.

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