Hosting St. Mary’s (Greensburg) in the season opener Jan. 27, St. Louis’ eighth-grade girls won 31-15 while the seventh-graders lost 26-9.

“We did very well at the free throw line, which is always a key part to a basketball game,” coach Erin Trenkamp said of her eighth-graders. “Several assists also led to points on offense, and playing tough all around for some steals was a vital part of the game.”

Claire Saner scored 10, Kate Weber had 9, Catherine Streator 8 and Isabelle Wonnell and Ava Owens 2 each.

The coach said the younger athletes never gave up and kept a positive attitude, adding Ainsley Sipples and Anna Moore pulled down rebounds all night long. Lucy Abplanalp had 5 points and Maria Voegele and Kenzie Maple 2 each.

Both teams fell to Greensburg Jan. 30. The eighth-grade Lady Cardinals lost a tight 32-28 affair while seventh-graders suffered a 58-11 defeat.

“The girls pulled out an effective press, but just a bit too late for the win,” Trenkamp commented on her eighth-graders. “So proud of their grit as foul trouble took over the first half; coming back from that is always a tough thing. They absolutely never gave up; if anything, they pushed harder.”

Weber paced her teammates with 10 points and an assist. Streator added 6 points and 2 blocks and Rhea Miller scored 5 (1 three). Saner put in 4, Lilly Schebler 2 and Sadie Wachsmann a foul shot.

Scoring for the seventh-grade Lady Cardinals were Sipples (4), Abplanalp (3) and Moore and Maple (2 each). “While this was a tough game, we started to see something happening on both offense and defense,” said the coach.

The eighth-grade team traveled to St. Bart’s for a tournament Feb. 1, taking runner-up. The Cards were all over the hosts, 50-15, before falling to St. Charles 52-28 in the finals.

“We weren’t able to win, but our girls played a great (finals) game against a polished team,” Trenkamp concluded.

Weber had 18 points in the tourney, Streator 16, Saner 15, Miller 7, Wachsmann 6, Madison Wanstrath 6, Schebler 4, Wonnell 3 and Owens 1.

SLS split at South Ripley Feb. 3. The eighth grade won 46-20 while seventh grade lost 50-13.

Weber’s 18 paced the oldest players and Saner added 10 points. Streator (8), Wachsmann (4), Owens (2), Miller (2) and Schebler (2) rounded out scoring. Trenkamp noted rebounding and fast ball movement were key to the win.

Sipples worked super hard on defense for the seventh-graders, the coach said. Abplanalp (10) and Maple (3) were scoring Cardinals.

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