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GIRLS BASKETBALL - St. Mary's shocks No. 13 Mustangs

Thursday, February 7, 2002

STORM LAKE - Kassie Drey's basket with 5 seconds remaining gave Storm Lake St. Mary's a 49-47 upset over No. 13 Newell-Fonda on Tuesday night.

Drey made the game-winning shot from 16 feet out.

St. Mary's led 13-11 after the first period of play, but the Mustangs led 28-25 at halftime and 40-34 entering the fourth period of play.

"We played really good team defense," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We were in help position to stop their penetration. We also had good ball control offense and we didn't make the turnovers that led to a lot of layups for them."

"We knew we had to play man-to-man so that we could cover their outside shooters and knew we had to be in good help defense to stop their penetration and get some double teams on Sara Larsen, and we executed that game plan."

"I think one of the biggest accomplishments for us was the fact that we came back after being down nine in the third quarter. Usually after they make a run to get ahead of teams they finish them off. This time we were able to answer their run."

Megan Kestel scored 14 points to lead St. Mary's, now 9-6 in the league and 12-7 overall. Peggy Ploeger added 11 points and Drey eight.

Drey collected nine rebounds, while Kestel and Ploeger each had seven. Ploeger and Jen Petersen charted three assists apiece. Ploeger had three steals, while Drey and Bri Barber each had two.

Sara Larsen had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Newell-Fonda, now 17-3. Ashley Bellinghausen added 13 points and eight rebounds. Jenny Scharn charted six steals and four assists.

Newell-Fonda made 14 of 59 field goals for 24 percent.

Aurelia 60

Sioux Central 49

Kim Parker poured in 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Aurelia knocked off Sioux Central in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday.

Aurelia trailed 13-12 after the first quarter, but led 30-24 at halftime and 47-39 entering the fourth period.

Jill Smith finished with 14 points, 12 assists and six steals for the Bulldogs, now 9-6 in the league and 10-10 overall. Nichole Benes added eight points.

Holly Beacom and Kelli Terrell scored 13 points apiece for Sioux Central. Amanda Enderton added 11.

Aurelia made 24 of 54 field goals for 44 percent. Sioux Central was 20 of 52 for 38 percent.

"We played well enough to win," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "We need to do a better job of recognizing the shooters. We made the shots when we needed to and stepped up the defense in the fourth quarter."

Sac City 62

Albert City-Truesdale 54

Jamie Tolliver poured in 29 points and Carol Von Ahn added 15 as Sac City got past Albert City-Truesdale in Northwest Conference play on Tuesday night at Albert City.

AC-T led 15-14 after the first quarter, but trailed 30-28 at halftime. Sac City extended its lead to 47-35 by the end of the third period.

Rachel Degner scored a career-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers. Alicia Lovin and April Schuknecht each added 11 points apiece.

Schaller-Crestland 50

Pomeroy-Palmer 28

Jenna Malcom scored 11 points to help lead Schaller-Crestland to a Northwest Conference win over Pomeroy-Palmer on Tuesday.

Schaller-Crestland led 12-4 after the first quarter, 23-10 at the half, and 36-18 entering the fourth period of play.

Freshman Emily Dellwo had nine points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats.



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