"It was a bad situation all the way around," said St. Mary's head coach Brad Wilkening. "There was no reason for it. It got a little ugly. I apologized to some of the Poky players about how the game went. We didn't have much composure tonight. Defense was poor all the way around. We didn't rebound. I don't know how we won by 20 from a defensive standpoint. Offensively, we played well."
Luke Lenhart knocked down 18-of-23 foul shots on his way to 26 points in the win. Kennedy Drey added 21, Joe Sandhoff scored 13, Josh Demers nine and Trevor Landgraff four. The Panthers put up 30 free throw attempts on the night, knocking down 24 of them.
"During the second half, Luke was able to get to the line and put them down." said Wilkening. "Josh came in and he hit some threes for us."
The Indians battled tough early, leading on a handful of occasions in the opening minutes, but St. Mary's closed the first on a 10-0 run for a 21-13 lead. The Panthers would hold a 49-34 lead at half.
Pocahontas Area was led by 25 points from Aaron Youngberg. Aaron Aljets and Brandon Hersom had eight apiece, and Jay Brinkman scored seven as they fell to 11-6 on the season.
St. Mary's improves to 15-1 on the season and will host Remsen St. Mary's on Monday.