SIOUX CITY - Ryan Campbell scored 19 points as LeMars Gehlen held off a late charge to beat Storm Lake St. Mary's 61-55 in the championship game of the CYO basketball tournament on Sunday night in Sioux City.
LeMars Gehlen led 18-14 after one period of play, 33-24 at the half, and 50-44 entering the fourth quarter.
Eric Wordekemper netted 19 points for St. Mary's, while Kyle Drey added 12.
"We got off to a poor start and we didn't execute very well to begin the game, especially on the defensive end," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "We gave up a lot of easy shots. That was probably the big thing. We put ourselves in a hole by getting down early."
Joey McCollum cleared eight rebounds and Drey collected six. Billy Mach was credited with six assists, while Joe Fitzgerald had three for the Panthers, now 3-6 overall.
St. Mary's made 23 of 46 field goals for 50 percent. Gehlen was 20 of 42 for 48 percent.
‰ St. Mary's routed Remsen St. Mary's 72-40 in the first round on Saturday.
St. Mary's led 23-6 after the first quarter, 35-17 at the halftime break, and 55-19 entering the fourth quarter.
Wordekemper poured in 21 points to lead the Panthers. Fitzgerald scored 13 and Mach 11. Drey and McCollum each added nine.
Mach collected 10 rebounds, while Drey had eight and Colby Smith five. St. Mary's outrebounded the Hawks 37-24.
Fitzgerald handed out seven assists and Wordekemper six. Mach added four. Wordekemper charted four steals and Drey two for the Panthers.
"It was a good team effort," Skamser said. "I thought we distributed the ball well and shot the ball well. We were 9 of 21 from 3-point range. That definitely helped out."
Wordekemper was named to the all-tournament team and St. Mary's received the team sportsmanship award.
CYO Girls Tournament
Megan Kestel scored 19 points, including 11 of 13 free throws, to help St. Mary's beat Granville Spalding 53-44 in the consolation game of the CYO Tournament on Sunday.
St. Mary's led 11-10 after the first quarter, 27-25 at the half, and 39-34 after three periods.
Peggy Ploeger scored 11 points and Kassie Drey added 10 for the Panthers.
Ploeger and Michelle Weaver each collected seven rebounds, while Kestel had five. Bri Barber handed out three assists and Jen Petersen had two. Ploeger charted three steals and Drey two for the Panthers, now 6-5 overall.
St. Mary's made 14 of 61 field goals for 23 percent. Spalding was 14 of 46 for 30 percent. St. Mary's was 25 of 45 from the free-throw line.
"We got to the free-throw line quite a bit," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We scored 25 points from the line. That, and our defense was pretty solid. We shut down their key players."
‰ St. Mary's lost to Remsen St. Mary's 39-35 in the first round on Saturday.
St. Mary's trailed 10-8 after the first quarter, but led 16-14 at the half. It was 26-26 entering the fourth quarter.
Ploeger scored 12 points to lead the Panthers. Kestel added seven. Michelle Drey cleared nine rebounds, Kestel eight and Petersen five.
Barber handed out six assists and Petersen finished with two. Ploeger charted three steals, while Petersen and Kestel each had two.
St. Mary's was 12 of 52 shooting from the field for 23 percent. Remsen St. Mary's was 13 of 50 for 26 percent.
"We played decent enough defense, but we just couldn't seem to get into the flow of our offense at all," Berg said.
Ploeger was named to the all-tournament team. St. Mary's also won the team sportsmanship award.