Saints lose to Mt. Lake 61-46
After their first win of the season, the girls basketball team traveled to Mountain Lake on Tuesday night and lost 61-46.
The Saints were down six at the half, but Devon Flohrs picked up three first half fouls which hurt the Saints both offensively and defensively.
Freshman Julia Beckius led the Saints with 15 points. Head Coach Adam Schroeder said, “Julia had most of her points off steals and finished with lay-ups.” Julia had five steals. No other player was in double figures. Emily Hurley had 13 rebounds.
Schroeder said, “We played pretty well in first half. We were down six at half. We felt very fortunate with that.
“The second half we struggled to get going offensively. We are still making mistakes that young players are going to make, so we just need to continue to work hard during practice. It will come.”
SJA Saints 57, New Ulm Eagles 55
With a combination of senior steadiness and underclassmen bravado, the Saints girls basketball team won it’s first game last Thursday night when they edged the New Ulm Eagles 57-55.
Two days earlier the Saints lost to Madelia 48-47 in large part because the team shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line.
That was not repeated against the Eagles as the Saints started out by making their first eight free throws in a row. For the night, the Saints were 23 of 33, which figures out to a solid 70 percent from the charity stripe.
It was free throws that salted the game away for the Saints. During the last frantic minute of play, sophomore Brenda Cervantes slashed to the basket, was fouled, and dropped in two free throws to give the Saints the lead.
After that senior Aryn Eckstrom hit three of four free throws to secure the victory.
New Ulm worked its way out to a small lead in the opening minutes with a one point 9-8 advantage at the fourteen minute mark of the first half. The Eagles had a mini run and pushed it out to a 14-8 lead.
The Saints came back with a bigger 12-5 run and took the lead 20-19 on an Eckstrom baseline shot.
Other seniors who had big games were Devon Flohrs who lead the Saints with 15 points by scoring down low and from the outside.
Emily Hurley owned the paint. She scored 14 from either the free throw lane or in the paint. She had a double with a monster rebounding game. She had seven offensive rebounds and 14 defensive rebounds for a total of 21. As a team, the Saints had 41. “Emily was great on the boards for us,” Head Coach Adam Schroeder said. Schroeder also praised senior Michaela Nordby for her defensive effort in the minutes she played.
Page 2 of 2 - Commenting on his other seniors Schroeder said, “Devon gave us great energy and Aryn is solid in late game situations.”
At times the Saints let New Ulm get back in the game. There were times the young Saints did a good job on their half court defense and there were moments when New Ulm was able to get off uncontested threes.
For the game, it was an excellent free throw effort and inside scoring where the Saints had an advantage. New Ulm could knock them down from outside.
That was exemplified in the second half with the Saints holding a 38-33 lead. In less than two minutes the Eagles hit three treys and on the last shot the New Ulm shooter was fouled and converted it to a four point plan. This 10-zip blitz gave New Ulm a 43 to 38 lead.
The Saints came back to tie it at 44, but New Ulm went on an 8-2 run to take 52-46 lead with less than six and a half minutes to go.
From that point on New Ulm only scored three points, so the Saints found their defense down the stretch of the game.
Freshman Allison Brandts, who has moved into the starting point guard position, took a long dribble around the three point arc before wheeling toward the basket and scoring a layup to reduce the Saints deficit to only two.
With under two minutes to go, Flohrs drove toward the basket and stopped and popped one in to tie the game at 52.
New Ulm got a one point lead back on one of two free throws.
With a half minute to go Cervantes got the lead with two free throws. New Ulm tied it with one free throw and Eckstrom got the lead back with about 18 seconds to go on two free throws.
The drama wasn’t over. With the Saints up 56-54 and with 10 seconds on the clock, a New Ulm shooter was fouled attempting a three pointer. Shooting three free throws for the lead didn’t work out for the Eagles as ninth grader Hunter Ahlness made only one of three.
Eckstrom got the rebound, was immediately fouled, made 1-2 free throws and the Saints got another defensive stop to claim their first win of the young season.