St. Marys girls cruise to victory over Frontier
NEW MATAMORAS — Judging from their season opener Thursday night at Frontier, the St. Marys Blue Devils appear to have a very deep basketball team.
That depth proved to be too much for the Cougars as St. Marys rolled to a 64-26 win with 10 different girls scoring at least a field goal.
“We’ve got a nice group of freshmen that came out this year and I think our numbers kind of gave them (Frontier) trouble,” said longtime St. Marys head coach Howie Meeks. “Frontier played well but we were able to run numbers on them and we were able to build a lead.”
After falling behind 17-9 at the end of one quarter the Cougars cut the lead to just three early in the second quarter thanks to a three-pointer by sophomore Haley Bills and a field goal by post player Brooklyn Gardener off of a nice assist by Logan Haught.
Unfortunately for second-year head coach Mike Cisler and his Cougars, the wheels seemed to fall off from there as St. Marys forced them into 11 turnovers alone in the second period as they opened up a 13-point lead.
“All of the sudden we just had a really hard time taking care of the basketball,” said Cisler. “We were right in the game and they pressed and forced us into some turnovers and went on a little run.”
Addie Furr, Kylie Wright, Lara Fetty and Olivia Deweese each scored a field goal as the Devils scored nine straight points to open a 27-14 lead with 1:29 to play in the half.
Gardener put an end to the St. Marys run as she turned one of her game-high 17 rebounds into a put-back bucket to cut the lead to 11.
Gardener, who elected not to play basketball last season, looks like she may be able to contribute to the Cougars sooner than later.
“Brooklyn brought a lot of effort tonight and she’s just got to keep working at it,” said Cisler, of Gardener, who scored six points in the game. “After taking a year off it may take her a little time to get back in the flow of things.”
Furr answered with another two-pointer to send St. Marys into the intermission with a 29-16 lead.
Wright opened up the second half with a triple to extend the lead to 16 and after Haught connected on a short jumper, the Devils out-pointed the Cougars 13-4 the rest of the quarter to increase their lead to 23 heading to the final period.
The St. Marys defense forced the young Cougars into 25 turnovers in the game with many of them resulting in easy points in transition.
Wright completed a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Deweese and Furr added nine apiece for St. Marys.
Frontier, which dropped to 0-2 with the loss, was led in scoring by Bills with nine.
Meeks was pleased to open what he hopes will be a very successful season with a win.
“This is the game we play twice a year where it’s kind of like fighting with your brother or fighting with your sister,” said Meeks, of the long-time rivalry. “For an hour and a half it gets pretty intense because of the passion between the communities but when its over we will be Frontier’s biggest fans the rest of the way and I hope they feel the same way.”
St. Marys will be off until they travel to Magnolia on December 10th while the Cougars return to action Saturday at Monroe Central.
St. Marys 64, Frontier 26
SMHS 17 12 16 19 — 64
FHS 9 7 6 4 — 26
ST. MARYS (1-0)
Addie Furr 3 3-4 9, Olivia Deweese 4 0-2 9, Alexis Hashman 2 0-1 4, Caraline Lancaster 1 0-0 2, Millie Kehrer 1 0-2 2, Mary Taylor 2 0-0 4, Josey Moore 2 0-0 4, Kylie Wright 8 2-2 19, Lara Fetty 4 0-0 8, Brittney Sturm 0 0-0 0, Gwen Fluharty 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Smith 0 1-2 1, Totals: 28 6-13 64. 3-point goals: Deweese 1, Wright 1
Haley Bills 4 0-0 9, Whitney Doan 1 0-0 2, Jailyn Glover 0 0-0 0, Arista Gore 1 0-0 2, Alayna Collins 0 0-0 0, Izzy Rinard 0 0-0 0, LaRae Henthorn 0 2-4 2, Haylee Hines 0 0-0 0, Logan Haught 2 1-2 5, Brooklyn Gardener 3 0-4 6, Totals: 11 3-10 26. 3-point goals: Bills 1.
Shooting: S 23-63 (36.5%), F 11-49 (22.4%); 3-pointers: S 2-10 (20%), F 1-12 (8.3%); Rebounds: S 37 (Wright 10, Fetty 7), F 35 (Gardener 17, Henthorn 7); Assists: S 15 (Furr, Deweese 4), F 3 (Haught, Rinard, Hanes 1); Steals: S 16 (Furr, Taylor, Moore 3), F 7 (Haught, Bills, Gardener 2); Turnovers: S 16, F 25
JV: St. Marys 19, Frontier 8 (2 quarters)
JV scoring: S: Lancaster 4, Smith 4, Moore 2, Wright 2, Fluharty 2, Sturm 2, Hashman 2, Kehrer 1; F: Doan 6, Hines 2
Next games: Frontier at Monroe Central Saturday; St. Marys at Magnolia Dec. 10