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Panther girls split

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

The Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball team split a pair of games here over the weekend in the Catholic Youth Organization tourney.

The Panthers beat Granville-Spalding Saturday 46-13 but lost to Remsen-St. Mary's Sunday afternoon, 39-33.

"Overall, I was impressed with our performances for the weekend," said Panther coach Ryan Berg. "Hopefully, we can start to put together a winning streak as we get back to conference play."

In the game against Granville -Spalding, St. Mary's led all the way. It led 15-7 after the first quarter and outscored GS 8-0 in the second frame for a 23-7 lead at the half.

The Panthers also finished strong, outscoring Granville-Spalding 17-0 in a dominating third quarter. Both teams scored six points in the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Kassie Drey led the Panther girls with 14 points while freshman guard Abby Richardson added seven points. In addition, Michelle Drey netted six points.

"We played some very strong, aggressive man defense and forced Granville into a lot of turnovers," Berg said. "We also got offensive contributions from a lot of people. I thought we did a good job of getting the ball to the middle to break down their zone defense. It was a solid game back after the Christmas break."

Michelle Drey and Katie Larsen each had four rebounds for the winners while Janie Imming finished with a team- high five rebounds.

The Panthers forced Granville-Spalding into 26 turnovers while committing just eight of their own. In addition, St. Mary's outrebounded GS 30-23.

Kassie Drey added four steals as the Panther girls finished with 13 overall. Richardson had three assists, two steals and just one turnover.

Things didn't go quite as well for the Panthers against a tough Remsen-St. Mary's team in the championship game of the CYO Tournament. Remsen-St. Mary's entered the tournament with just one loss.

Remsen led just 10-8 after the first quarter but outscored St. Mary's 11-8 in the second frame for a 21-16 lead at halftime. Remsen-St. Mary's outscored the Panther girls 8-2 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

"I thought we played excellent half court defense to put ourselves in position to win," Berg said. "Our defense broke down in the third quarter though and some untimely turnovers cost us."

Kassie Drey led the way for the Panthers with 11 points while Abby Richardson added seven. In addition, Michelle Drey added six points, Michelle Weaver five and Matty Richardson four points.

Kassie Drey also had a big night on the boards, finishing with 12 rebounds. Also, Michelle Drey pulled down nine boards as the Panther girls were outrebounded just 42-35.

Both teams had a high number of turnovers, as the Panthers finished with 24 and Remsen-St. Mary's 18.

St. Mary's plays at Northwest Conference foe Pomeroy-Palmer tonight as they resume conference play.

In addition, Kassie Drey was named to the All-CYO Tournament team after the championship game.

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