"We started a bit slow but really played well in the second and third quarters," said St. Mary's head coach Brad Wilkening. "Kennedy (Drey) had a big first half scoring. The whole team played well."
Senior center Kennedy Drey had his best outing of the early season, finishing 14-of-20 from the field to put in 32 points, including 27 in the first half alone. He added 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.
Luke Lenhart hit on 7-of-18 from the field and 7-of-9 at the line to pour in 23 points. Lenhart has put in 23 or more in every Panther game thus far. He added seven rebounds, four assists and nine steals. Joe Sandhoff has found his groove as he turned in 11 points for the second straight game to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Dillan Smith had eight points, four rebounds and four assists, Trevor Landgraff had four points and four boards, Joe Kottke scored four, Josh Demers had three points and three assists and Aaron Miller two points and two rebounds.
The Panthers hit on 34-of-66 from the floor and 18-of-26 at the foul line. The only struggles offensively came from three, where they were 3-for-12.
Prairie Valley dropped to 0-4 with the loss. They were led by seven points from Trey Kehme.
St. Mary's will be at home tonight as they welcome in Sioux Central (1-3), who is coming off of a 61-39 setback to Manson Northwest Webster. The Panthers remain at home Friday night against Southeast Webster-Grand.