SIOUX RAPIDS-- The Saint Mary's Panthers couldn't quite get it done after the first quarter, falling to Sioux Central 60-36.
St. Mary's only trailed by four after the first quarter, but slipped way behind during the second, 34-15.
"We came out a played well in the first quarter, especially defensively," said Panthers coach Brad Wilkening. "In the second we fell apart, forcing too many outside shots and allowing them to break us down defensively. In the second half we played fairly even with them but just couldn't get back into it. We shot 25 percent in the game and went four for eleven in free throws, and its just too hard to put points up when your shooting like that."
Sioux Central Coach Chris Wildeman said that the keys to the win was their solid defensive performance, and a great second quarter after a somewhat sloppy first stanza.
The Panthers' leading scorers were Connor Richardson with 10 points, Michael Ivey wih six, and Ryan Drey and Jon Foell both with five.
Leading the Rebels were Stuart Goslinga with 20 poitns, and Will Franzmeier with 17.
St. Mary's drops to 0-11 in the conference, while the Rebels improve to 9-3. St. Mary's next plays against Aurelia at home on Tuesday. Sioux Central will play Monday against George-Little Rock at home.