LAKE CITY - The St. Mary's boy's basketball team returned to action Friday night at South Central Calhoun and used a 17-2 second quarter advantage, after a 19-10 first quarter, to pull away with an 80-47 victory.
"I was really pleased with our defensive play in the first half," said SM head coach Brad Wilkening. "We held them to 12 points. We probably missed six or seven bunnies and about half our free throws. Offensively, we kind of struggled. Defensively, we played well."
Luke Lenhart poured in 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead the Panthers. He added four rebounds, four assists and nine steals. Kennedy Drey had 18 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and six steals, Joe Sandhoff had 12 points, 11 boards and five steals, Trevor Landgraff had six points, four boards and four steals, Josh Demers had six points, Aaron Miller four and Dillan Smith six assists.
St. Mary's shot well for their return to action, knocking down 32-of-53 from the floor. Defensively, they piled up 30 steals on the night.
"I think we can be better," said Wilkening. "I thought Josh Scuffham had one of his better games. Josh Demers came out in the third quarter and hit a couple outside shots. He's a shooter for us. When he gets that look he needs to take the shot. I was glad to see him do it in the second half. Trevor Landgraff played one of his better games. I was pleased with that."
The Panthers improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in Twin Lakes play. After a road-heavy first half of the season, St. Mary's is now at home for the next four in a row, beginning with Alta-Aurelia tonight. Spalding Catholic visits Thursday and East Sac County Friday.
"It's going to be nice to be at home," said Wilkening. "We haven't played much in the Panther Pit. It will be nice to get back in those white uniforms."