GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP - St. Mary's routs Pomeroy-Palmer

Thursday, January 24, 2002

POMEROY - Peggy Ploeger scored 15 points and Kassie Drey added 10 in helping Storm Lake St. Mary's to a 47-23 rout over Pomeroy-Palmer in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday at Pomeroy.

The game was tied at 10-all after the first quarter. St. Mary's used an 11-1 spurt in the second quarter to take a 21-11 lead at halftime. The Panthers led 36-17 heading into the fourth period.

Megan Kestel scored six points, as did Kari Hartogh for the Panthers, now 6-5 in the league and 9-7 overall.

Ploeger collected nine rebounds and Kestel five. Bri Barber handed out three assists, while Drey and Kestel each had two. Ploeger charted five steals.

St. Mary's shot 18 of 48 for 38 percent. The Knights were 5 of 44 for 11 percent.

"We made some improvements from our previous game on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "Our defense again was probably what gave us the upper hand."

Newell-Fonda 97, Alta 63

Sara Larsen poured in 32 points to lead three players in double figures as Newell-Fonda, ranked 16th in Class 1A, upended Alta on Tuesday.

Newell-Fonda led 29-10 after the first quarter, 56-30 at halftime and 79-44 at the end of three periods of play.

Erin Kies scored 20 points for the Mustangs, now 13-2 overall. Jenny Scharn added 17 and Ashley Loos eight.

Larsen collected 14 rebounds, while Kies and Ashley Bellinghausen each had five. Larsen charted seven steals and Loos four.

Newell-Fonda made 41 of 76 field goals for 54 percent, including 7 of 18 from 3-point range.

Aurelia 52 Schaller-Crestland 47

Jill Smith poured in a career-high 26 points and added five rebounds to help send Aurelia to a win on Tuesday over Schaller-Crestland.

Aurelia trailed 10-9 after the first quarter, but rallied to take a 24-18 halftime lead. The Bulldogs trailed 36-32 entering the fourth period. Aurelia trailed 47-46 with 2 minutes left when it scored six unanswered points.

Kim Parker tossed in 14 points, collected eight rebounds and charted four steals for the Bulldogs, now 7-5 in the league and 8-7 overall. Nichole Benes added nine points.

Tessa Schmidt led the Wildcats with 16 points. Jenna Malcom and Molly Bisenius each added 10.

Aurelia made 11 of 50 field goals for 22 percent, while Schaller-Crestland was 21 of 45 for 47 percent. The Bulldogs converted 28 of 39 free throws to the Wildcats' 5 of 13.

"This was a total team effort," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "Kati Nelson and Trish Ohlson did a great job of playing defense on (Monica) Bloyer and Malcom. We kept telling the girls to take it to the basket offensively and get to the line, and we hit our free throws."

AC-T 42, Sioux Central 32

April Schuknecht tossed in 16 points and Lori Hogrefe contributed 11 as Albert City-Truesdale got past Sioux Central on Tuesday.

AC-T led 12-9 after the first period. It was tied 20-all at halftime before AC-T took a 29-27 lead into the fourth.

Deb Christiansen led Sioux Central with 12 points. Kelli Terrell added 10.

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