Saints lose a heartbreaker to Madelia
Oh it was so close. The girls basketball team almost had their first win of the young season Tuesday night, but lost a heartbreaker to the visiting Madelia Blackhawks 48-47.
The game slowly slipped away from the Saints as the girls opened a big first half lead and it took Madelia nearly the whole game to close the gap.
The Blackhawks did not take their first lead in the game till around the 2:30 mark of the second half.
The Saints jumped out to a big lead in the first half.
They controlled the visitors from the outset taking a 9-2 lead and pushing it to 20-8.
Emily Bottem sparked the Saints early run by knocking down her first four shots. Another spark for SJA was the return of senior Devon Flohrs. Another shift was that Allison Brandts was point guard.
The Saints held a comfortable 27-18 lead at the half and pushed it to a 29-18 lead in the opening seconds of the second half.
The Saints had a tough time scoring after that. The lead was still 32-24 at 12:10, but Madelia had a small run to cut the gap to 32-29 in less than a minute’s time.
The visitors got their first tie at 34 all with just less than nine minutes to go in the game.
After that the Saints managed to hold small leads until Madelia claimed its first lead of 43-42 at the two and a half minute mark.
The Saints got back to a tie at 45 with a little over a minute to go. Madelia pushed it to a three point lead of 48-45 with a 22 seconds to go.
With the seconds ticking away, Allison Brandts fed Emily Hurley who was posting up. She scored and the Saints trailed by one with 14 seconds to go.
On the inbound Madelia was able to run precious seconds off the clock before the Saints were able to foul.
The Madelia player missed both free throws, the Saints got the rebound and called time out with 5.7 seconds to play.
Coach Adam Schroeder called a good inbound play that had Flohrs break for the basket and she took a layup. She missed.
Emily Hurley got the rebound with a second or two left, but as she went up for the shot, the ball was slapped away from her. Might have been a foul, but it wasn’t called.
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One aspect of the game that could have won it for the Saints was free throws. The Saints were 14-32 from the line. Just hitting 50 percent wins the game.
SJA had three players in double figures. Hurley had 12, Bottem had 10, and Brenda Cervantes had 10.
Schroeder said, “The girls played hard tonight, but we didn’t play our best game.”
Girls BB Saints fall to Waseca 67-40
While the boys were hosting Waseca, the girls traveled to the Bluejays gym last Friday and lost 67-40 to their SCC foe.
Waseca exploded out to a 20-2 lead with just 7:30 minutes gone in the first half using pressure defense which forced the young Saints into turning the ball over.
The Saints trailed at the half 37-22.
Head Coach Adam Schroeder said, “Waseca is pretty good.”
The Coach felt the Saints defended several Waseca players pretty well but they were too strong for the Saints.
“We are definitely improving game by game and the girls are working hard every night. I’m so proud of their efforts. The B squad won by four points,” Schroeder said.