Prep Girls Basketball Roundup

Monday, February 14, 2005

St. Mary's girls get back at S-C

The Storm Lake St. Mary's girls basketball team took an early lead and kept it Friday night, beating Schaller-Crestland here, 53-42.

Led by Abby Richardson's 21 points, the Panthers relied on some solid, consistent shooting at the line to hold the Wildcats at bay in the final quarter.

"I think we hit some key ones there at the end," said St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg.

Berg said St. Mary's' pressure defense in the first half caused some key turnovers and allowed the Panthers to make some lay ups that helped them gain a lead they maintained through the rest of the game.

Berg has seen significant improvement in his team this season.

"The last eight or nine games or so we've been playing real well," Berg said. "For every team that we've played in the conference, we've done better the second time."

Schaller-Crestland beat the Panthers by 16 points in the two teams' first meeting.

The first half, meanwhile, was a barn burner, with St. Mary's leading 13-9 at the end of the first period of play and 28-22 at the half.

At the end of the third quarter, the Panthers held a slim 39-37 lead.

St. Mary's began to widen the lead in the final period when Janie Imming went to the line and made both shots to give the Panthers a 4-point spread with 6:40 remaining in the game. The rest of the game was played out at the line with Imming, Richardson, and Jessica Lussman all scoring consistently well from the charity stripe to win it, 53-42.

Richardson posted two three-pointers while Imming was also in double figures with 12.

Also scoring for the Panthers were Lussman with six, Colleen Smith four, and Cassie Weaver and Megan Snyder with three points each. Maggie Lange and Katie Larsen had two points each.

Posting double figures for Schaller-Crestland was Ayla Ringgenberg with 13 points. Also scoring for Schaller-Crestland was Jill Wedeking with nine, Emily Dellwo with seven, Katie Hansen with five, and Kayla Bihrer and Courtney Whitmore with four points each.

Cherokee 73

Storm Lake 45

Four players reached double figures for Cherokee in this Lakes Conference matchup, as the Braves improved to 15-0 in Lakes play.

Cherokee pressed the Tornadoes and according to SLHS coach Stacey VanDerSloot, it did its damage.

"We had a tough time with it in the first two quarters," she said. "But I thought we were much better against the press in the second half."

Seniors Mel Fisher, Anna Paulsen and Amy Sennert played their last home games as seniors, and they finished strong. Sennert led with ten points while Fisher and Paulsen each added nine points.

"Those three girls have meant a lot to our program, and they led us tonight like they have most of the season," VanDerSloot said.

Senior wing Katie Ebel led Cherokee with a game-high 15 points while post player Jessica Hunecke and wing Kayla Henke each added 12. Sophomore point guard Kylie Dilla also hit double figures with 11 points.

"Cherokee is very tough to stop offensively," VanDerSloot added. "They shoot well from both the inside and outside and they go ten deep without a blink. You try and stop one or two of their players and others just step up and do the job.

"We just had too many turnovers, particularly in the first half."

Cherokee vaulted to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter and led 40-17 at the half. The winners led 64-31 after three quarters.

The Storm Lake girls start tournaments Wednesday night, when they travel to Orange City for a matchup with MOC/Floyd Valley.

"MOC is similar to Cherokee in that they like to use pressure defenses, including a full-court press," VanDerSloot said. "But I feel it was good for us to play a team as good as Cherokee just before tournaments. We know whatever anybody throws at us, it won't be as good as what we faced tonight."

Newell-Fonda 82,

Alta 63

Newell-Fonda's senior post player Jenn Schumann made her last regular season home appearance one to remember Friday night.

The talented senior scored 28 points, breaking the single game Lady Mustangs record. She is also the all-time girls basketball leading career scorer at Newell-Fonda and upped her total to 1,277 points.

"It was a very emotional night as we congratulated five outstanding seniors in their last regular season game," N-F coach Dick Jungers said. "The girls jumped all over Alta in the first half and never looked back.

"I felt our girls did a great job of executing the game plan and working the offense."

Senior post player Andrea Larsen added 16 points for the Mustangs while Kristen Culp finished her regular season career with eight points. Sam Schaffer hit double figures with ten points.

Alta's talented sophomore Jahde Hammer led the Cyclones with 20 points while senior Holly Leyden added 15 and sophomore post player Dee Hinkeldey 14. Alta's Lauren Lichtenberg also hit double figures with 11 points.

The Mustangs led from the opening tip, including 27-10 after the first quarter, 50-27 at the half and 69-42 after the third quarter.

Sioux Central 46,

Armstrong-Ringsted 25

The Sioux Central girls basketball team held Armstrong-Ringsted to just 26 percent shooting in this road win Thursday night.

Abbey Biedenfeld led the Lady Rebels with 13 points while sophomore guard Briana Scharn also hit double figures with ten. Beth Ehlers added nine points.

The Rebels shot the ball well as a team, hitting 17 of 31 two pointers and three of ten three pointers for a total field goal percentage of 48.8 percent.

Ehlers hit three three-point baskets for Sioux Central, which outrebounded Armstrong-Ringsted 28-23. The Rebels forced A-R into 21 turnovers while committing 18.

Junior post player Stef Madsen had a big night on the boards grabbing six defensive rebounds and two offensive rebounds for eight total.

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