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St. Mary's girls win at Sac City

Thursday, January 5, 2006

The Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball team ran its win streak to seven with a 50-46 win over Sac City Tuesday night in Sac City.

Junior guard Abby Richardson led SM (7-1) by scoring a game-high 26 points.

"This was a major victory for us, especially because it was on the road," SM coach Ryan Berg said. "It was somewhat of a sloppy game with both sides being in foul trouble most of the way."

St. Mary's led 11-9 after one quarter but was outscored 18-11 in the second quarter and trailed 27-22 at the half. The Panthers had an 18-13 advantage in the third quarter for a tie at 40 at the last break. The Panthers held a 10-6 advantage in the fourth quarter for the four-point lead.

"I think the difference in the game was the play of our guards and our bench," Berg added. "When we had our posts in major foul trouble, the guards picked up the slack.

"They were a big factor in our scoring and our bench helped on the rebounding, especially in the final minutes," Berg added.

St. Mary's forward Coleen Smith added 12 points and guard Jess Lussman eight. Richardson finished with a team-high seven rebounds, with Lussman and Smith each adding four.

Both teams shot poorly from the free throw line. The Panthers were 12 of 28 from the stripe and Sac City was just 19 of 31.



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