LAKE CITY - South Central Calhoun built a 21-4 lead after one quarter of play and proceeded to outscore St. Mary's by 18 over the next three quarters as the Panthers fell in their first game of 2013, 67-32.
"I thought it might be a long night when I had a discussion with the girls about the way we were warming up," said St. Mary's head coach Jim Demers. "We weren't ready to play. I take full blame. We just laid down and never came to play at all. We have to go back to the fundamentals. Worked on that so much over Christmas break. They got us out of our element. When the girls are getting pressured, they get nervous. We do things they haven't done in practice."
Jasmine Demers led the Panthers in the loss as she turned in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Ivey had five points and two rebounds, and Riley Lenhart had five points.
The Panthers were 10-of-38 from the floor, 2-of-3 from three and 10-of-16 at the line.
St. Mary's falls to 3-6 with the loss. They return to Storm Lake for a four-game homestand beginning tonight against Alta-Aurelia.