In Yoda speak, ‘Road Warriors theses girls they were.’
The Saints girls basketball team won two games on the road this week. That’s now three wins for the year and this week was, with out a doubt, the best week of the year for the young Saints. They’ve had some moral victories over the season (aka close losses) but victories are even better.
SJA 55, New Ulm 45
Last Thursday, the Saint went to New Ulm with the hopes of getting their second win of the year. SJA beat New Ulm in December when they played them at home. Still, it was a close win back then and there is no guarantee when you are playing on the road that another win will be there.
But the Saints won by a 55 to 45 margin. Not that New Ulm was going to roll over and give the game away.
The Eagles led 21 to 20 at the half. The Saints poured it on in the second half as the outscored New Ulm 35-24.
Speaking on the night of the win, Head Coach Adam Schroeder said, “Great win tonight! The girls struggled on the offensive end in the first half, but our defense kept us in it.
“We came out of the half down by one but our good defense continued and our shots started to fall as well. I'm very proud of how well our girls are playing on both ends of the floor in the last few games.
“Our seniors are leading our young girls and our young girls are starting to figure things out. We really are starting to mature as a team, and our turnovers are being cut down as a result of it.”
Once again, Julia Beckius led the Saint in scoring with 11, but Allison Brandts and Emily Hurley each had ten points. Hurley led the Saints with eight rebounds and Brandts was the assist leader with five.
SJA rolls over Maple River 57-29
The SJA road warriors, err, Saints beat Maple River on Tuesday night by a score of 57-29.
The game was never close, as the Saints took early control of the second flock of Eagles they played in a week and cruised out to a 34-10 half time lead.
Three Saints were in double figures. Julia Beckius was the point leader with 17 and Hurley and Brenda Cervantes each had ten points.
Page 2 of 2 - Emily Bottem led the Saints in assists with four and Devon Flohrs led the team in rebounds with six.
Commenting on this win, Coach Schroeder said, “The girls played very well on Tuesday night. We came out ready to go right from the start. “I thought our defensive intensity was outstanding. We kept pressure on them all night and capitalized off their mistakes.
“When our girls play how they are capable of playing, we can compete with anybody. This win was a total team effort, I was very proud of our girls tonight.”
Luverne 66, Saints 42
The ‘friendly confines’ of the St. James Gym were not as friendly as the road for the girl roundballers on Saturday, as the Luverne Cardinals came to town and beat the Saints by a score of 66-42.
The girls have had games this year, where they have a very tough time scoring. Saturday night was one of those games.
It’s usually reflected in the shooting stats. the Saints shot 29 percent from the floor, 22 percent from behind the arc and made 38 percent of their free throws.
Devon Flohrs was the only Saint to reach double figures. She had ten points. Emily Hurley had nine rebounds. The stats show no Saint had an assist. The team had 23 turnovers.