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  • Saints girls basketball team ends the year with a loss

  • The Saints girls basketball team ended its 2011-2012 season on Saturday by falling to the Worthington  Trojans by the score of 65 to 27.

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  • The Saints girls basketball team ended its 2011-2012 season on Saturday by falling to the Worthington Trojans by the score of 65 to 27.
    The game played at Worthington was the first round of the State Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Saints only trailed 16 to 6 with six minutes to go in the half. The Saints missed a three point shot, and Worthington scored on a fastbreak.
    The Saints missed another three, and Worthington scored the next time down the court.
    That was the start of a 16-4 run Worthington had to take a 32 to 10 halftime lead.
    In the last couple of games, the Saints have done very well shooting three point shots. In the past two weeks both Cheyanne Bowers and Megan Beckius tied the school record by hitting six three point shots in a
    Unfortunately, neither of those seniors or any other of the Saints could hit threes, as the team made only one three point shot for the game.
    Coach Joe Szwaja said the team was getting good looks from beyond the arc, but the shots were just not falling. At the same time, Worthington only made four threes for the game.
    The game was also close at the free throw line. The Saints were 10 of 18 and Worthington was 11 of 17.
    At times Worthington employed a full court press and a trapping defense. This resulted in the Saints turning the ball over 23 times compared to 11 for Worthington.
    The bigger Trojans also dominated on the boards out rebounding the Saints by a 47 to 31 margin.
    The turn over and rebound advantages were a large part why the Trojans had a huge 21 to 7 advantage in two point shots.
    Szwaja said Worthington post player Mackenzie Gerber often took a pass at the top of the key, drove the lane, and scored. She scored 14 points from two point range, and was 12 of 9 from the line. She led the Trojans with 23 points.
    Gerber was the only player on either team that was in double figures.
    Julia Runge had seven points for the Saints, and Devon Flohrs had six.
    It was the last game for seniors Maggie Ramirez, Cheyanne Bowers, Katelynn Love, Megan Beckius, and Julia Runge.
    Bowers has been named an academic all state basketball player. Szwaja said he’s seen a great deal of improvement from Bowers this year.
    He also said that an ankle injury slowed Megan Beckius down in her last game for the Saints. He said Megan was disappointed that she was not able to play the way she would have like to in her last game.
    Szwaja said all of the girls improved over the year. “The seniors improved their skills and attitudes. How you play basketball is a test for what you do in life,” Szwaja said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Saints ended the year at 7-17, while Worthington moves on in the tournament with a 17-7 record.
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