STORM LAKE - The St. Mary's girls finally have the monkey off their back. Over two years and 39 games later, the Panther girls have won again, topping Aurelia, 56-38 Friday night.
"What a night to celebrate our homecoming with a win," said St. Mary's head coach Herb Besaw. "The whole team played a complete game. Tonight, the girls played together as well as they have all year both offensively and defensively. It was nice to see the crowd for St. Mary's to be in the game from the start as I thought the girls fed off the crowd all night long."
The 56 points was a season high for the Panthers who were led by a 21-point output from Melanie Snyder who nailed 5 of 8 three point attempts and also came up with four steals.
Jen Dimig added nine points and nine rebounds for St. Mary's, Cayla Egesdal and Emily Mohr finished with eight, and Anyssa Lenhart added seven it what was a well-balanced attack.
"I'm so happy for the girls," said Besaw. "After all the hard work they put in, it was very rewarding to see their excitement after the game."
St. Mary's moves to 1-14 on the season and 1-8 in the Northwest Conference. The Panther girls are back in action tonight when they head to Alta for a 6:30PM tip-off.
Aurelia was led by Meghan Glawe who turned in 21 points and 13 rebounds on the night. The Bulldogs (1-15, 1-9) are also on the road tonight when they face Schaller-Crestland.