LAWTON - Michelle Drey scored 11 points and Megan Kestel added 10 to help Storm Lake St. Mary's open the season with a 43-38 win over Lawton-Bronson on Tuesday night at Lawton.
St. Mary's took a 6-4 lead after the first period before extending to a 15-10 halftime lead. The Panthers held a 26-20 lead going into the fourth period.
Lawton-Bronson cut it to 42-38 with less than a minute left to play.
Peggy Ploeger tossed in seven points. She also had nine rebounds. Drey added seven rebounds and Michelle Weaver five.
Bri Barber handed out five assists and Kassie Drey had two steals.
St. Mary's was 14 of 46 from the field for 30 percent.
"It was a good win for us opening up on the road," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We got some quality minutes out of some of our bench players and also got some key baskets from some of those bench players as well. It was just a team effort."
MMC 58, Aurelia 40
Miranda Boekhout scored a game-high 21 points to help lead Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn to a victory over Aurelia in a nonconference season opener for both teams on Tuesday night at Marcus.
MMC held a 14-12 lead after the first period before extending it to 25-19 by halftime. It was 41-31 Eagles entering the fourth period of play. Aurelia did not get any closer than that the rest of the way.
Emily Taylor scored 10 points for the Eagles.
Aurelia, which made 16 of 52 field goals for 31 percent, was led by Kim Parker's 10 points. Jill Smith had nine, and Kati Nelson and Nicole Benes each had eight.
Nelson, Parker and Benes all had six rebounds apiece for the Bulldogs. Trish Ohlson added four.
Smith handed out eight assists, while Nelson and Ohlson each had four. Smith also charted five steals.
Aurelia was just 7 of 17 from the free-throw line.
"We had trouble defending their inside game," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "We have got to do a better job of making our free throws. This was a great opportunity to test our bench. They need to get experience at the varsity level."