Storm Lake St. Mary's boys basketball team won its first game of the season Monday night in its home opener, with Connor Richardson leading the way with 14 points in a 59-33 whipping of the Graettinger-Terril Knights.
Ryan Drey also hit double figures with 11.
The Panthers started out sluggish, scoring just two points in the first period as they trailed 7-2.
"We weren't running our offensive sets right off the bat," explained St. Mary's assistant coach Nick Landgraf, whose brother, Devin, now plays for Morningside. "We weren't making crisp passes to teammates. Then we got going, and we were able to set up a press and cause some turnovers. We also ran a 1-3-1 defense against them that was pretty effective.
"We did a good job of finding the open man in the second quarter."
St. Mary's splashed in 24 second-quarter points while holding G-T to six, taking a 26-13 lead into the lockers. The Panthers led 42-22 after three frames.
Jon Foell added eight points for St. Mary's, while Michael Ivey had six, Alec Kestel and Brendan Smith both had five, Paul Yak and Marco Barahona each had four, and Evan Smith added two.
The Panthers (1-3) go to Ruthven-Ayrshire (3-0) tonight to try to slow down big man Andy Rowlands, who's going for 18 points and 10 boards a night. R-A has its top three scorers back from last year's club.