GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP - SLSM escapes; Aurelia tops Alta

Thursday, January 31, 2002

SIOUX RAPIDS - Megan Kestel scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and charted three assists and three steals to help lift Storm Lake St. Mary's to a 42-35 victory over Sioux Central on Tuesday night.

St. Mary's trailed after the first quarter 10-8, but led 22-20 at halftime. It was 32-31 Panthers heading into the fourth period of play.

Kassie Drey added eight points for the Panthers, now 8-5 in the league and 11-7 overall. Michelle Drey collected six rebounds. Jen Petersen had five assists.

Petersen charted four steals, while Bri Barber and Peggy Ploeger each added three.

Kelli Terrell scored 11 points to lead Sioux Central. Deb Christiansen added nine.

St. Mary's made 17 of 41 field goals for 42 percent. Sioux Central was 14 of 34 for 41 percent.

"We finally played good defense during the fourth quarter, holding them to four points," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "Kassie Drey hit some big free throws down the stretch to keep us ahead."

Aurelia 67, Alta 47

Jill Smith tossed in 21 points and added eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals as Aurelia knocked off Alta in Northwest Conference play on Tuesday.

Aurelia jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter before extending it to 33-15 by halftime. It was 45-28 at the end of three periods of play.

Kim Parker finished with 19 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for Aurelia, now 8-6 in the league and 9-9 overall. Vernice Alfred scored 10 points. Nichole Benes had five rebounds and Jennifer Cougill three assists.

Ashlea Payne led Alta with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals. Jess Garrison and Megan Bishop each had nine points and five rebounds for Alta, now 8-11 overall.

Aurelia made 22 of 48 field goals for 46 percent. Alta was 17 of 64 for 27 percent. Aurelia made 19 of 30 free throws to Alta's 10 of 18.

"We played four quarters of basketball," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "It was a total team effort. Our halfcourt defense was the difference ... keeping them out of the paint."

Galva-Holstein 60

West Monona 22

Penni Heitmann scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures in helping Galva-Holstein rout West Monona in a Maple Valley Conference game on Tuesday.

Galva-Holstein led 9-7 after the first quarter, 28-9 at halftime and 45-16 after three periods.

Darci Vohs scored 11 points and Donna Hanson 10 for the Pirates. Tegan Jepsen cleared 10 rebounds and Abbie Bagenstos added seven.

Hanson and Emily Vollmar each handed out four assists, while Jepsen added three. Vollmar charted five steals and Hanson four.

Galva-Holstein made 24 of 58 field goals for 41 percent.

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