Storm Lake St. Mary's dropped a 40-30 home Northwest Conference decision to Aurelia's girls basketball team Tuesday.
The Panthers led 6-5 after one quarter but trailed 13-11 at halftime and 28-15 going into the fourth after the Bulldogs used a 15-4 third-quarter blitz to their advantage.
"We are doing the right things other than our shooting percentage from the floor as we finished 22 percent (13-for-58)," Panthers coach Herb Besaw said. "We have a tendency to shoot the ball quickly or take difficult shots throughout the game when there is no need to force the action. As a young team we will continue to learn to be patient and improve our shot selection."
Jen Dimig led the Panthers with 12 points. Rylee Paterson added nine, Melanie Snyder six and Emily Mohr three.
Paterson and Dimig each snared five rebounds, with Paterson adding two assists and Cayla Egesdal two steals.
"I was very pleased in the way we took care of the ball as we only had seven turnovers for the entire game and the way we continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball," Besaw said. "Jen Dimig played a good game helping us have presence in the low post both offensively and defensively. Also, Rylee Paterson continues to give us the floor presence we need out on the floor - she had done a tremendous job in keeping the players focused and composed during the game.
"Our improvement as a team has been in direct relationship to having a floor leader in which Rylee has provided for us, especially the second half of the season. I'm proud of the way the girls have responded in the second half of the season."
Meghan Glawe put up a game-high 10 points for the Bulldogs.
St. Mary's (0-18, 0-12 NWC) entertains Alta tomorrow night at the Panther Pit for homecoming.