LEMARS - The 2nd-ranked St. Mary's boys are undefeated no longer as they were held to a season low scoring output in a 72-57 loss at the hands of unranked LeMars Gehlen Monday night.
Despite not finding themselves among the top-10 in Class 1A, the Jays (13-2) won their 12th straight with dusting of St. Mary's as their balanced attack was too much for the Panthers 1-2 punch of Luke Lenhart and Kennedy Drey.
"We suffered a loss. It was disappointing. We didn't play well," said St. Mary's head coach Brad Wilkening. "We got outplayed. They beat us at every phase of the game. We talked about how we've got to do a better job on the boards and how we defend."
They Jays had four players in double figures, led by Blake Wiltgen's 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals. Colton Kniep turned in 17 points and nine rebounds, Michael Whitehead had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Alex Kellen had 10 points and nine rebounds. Gehlen outrebounded St. Mary's by a 37-17 margin.
The Panthers trailed by just 18-17 after one, but they were down double digits all but one possession in the second half.
Luke Lenhart scored 26 for the Panthers, and Kennedy Drey had 18, but they got just 13 points from the rest of the squad.
St. Mary's bounced back against an M-M-C squad that topped Gehlen earlier in the year on Tuesday night, posting an 81-48 win in Storm Lake.
Lenhart netted 28 points, six assists and seven steals. Drey had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, Josh Demers knocked down four threes for 17 points, six rebounds and eight steals, and Joe Sandhoff had four points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
"I was really pleased with our offense," said Wilkening. "We got better looks. We got better shots. Defensively, we were good too. We talked about how Josh is a shooter and he just hasn't put any shots up. He got some good looks. He was involved all night. We need him."
The Panthers (14-1) host their homecoming game Friday night against Pocahontas Area.