The St. Louis School fifth-grade girls basketball team improved to 7-0 on the season Feb. 11 after defeating the Mount Carmel Vikings 46-5, according to coach Brent Young. The Lady Cardinals started the game off slow and had trouble hitting their shots. They were able to use their defense to keep the Vikings at bay and take a 16-2 lead at halftime. The team woke up in the third quarter behind Mimi Smith, who scored 12 of her game high 14 points. This increased the lead to 34-3 after three quarters. The Lady Cardinals were able to keep rolling behind Grace Gutzwiller and Olivia Leising’s hot shots from the field. Each finished with 6 points. Belle Young had a solid offensive and defensive game with 10 points and a few steals as well.
The SLS team beat the St. Nicholas Saints 44-3 Feb. 10. The Lady Cardinals gave a very well-rounded effort as they had the offense and defense working on both ends of the court. The squad jumped out to a 13-3 first quarter lead behind Smith, who had 5 of her team high 11 points in that quarter. She then turned the scoring over to Ella King, who scored 8 of the 13 points in the second quarter on the way to a 26-3 halftime lead. King finished with 10 points. The Lady Cardinals then started spreading the ball around in the second half and were able to get everyone in the scorebook before the 44-3 final score. Madden Showalter finished with 9 points and Young added 6 points.
The team won 32-4 over the St. Mary’s (Greensburg) Knights Feb. 6. They started the first half very slowly, only scoring 6 points in each of the first two quarters for a 12-0 halftime lead, reported the coach. The players were able to pick up the game’s pace and started creating turnovers in a 12-point third quarter to double their lead to 24-0. King once again led the Lady Cardinals in scoring with 12 points. Showalter added 8 points and Young had 6.
Fifth-graders enjoyed a 43-2 win vs. St. Mary’s (Aurora) Feb. 4. King and Showalter each had 10 points. Young added 6, Smith 5 and Gina Grote 2. The story of the game was the reserve players, said the coach. They saw expanded minutes and all contributed. Gutzwiller scored 6 points and added a few steals. Riley Siegel scored 2 and added rebounding and steals. Finally, Grace Saner scored her first basket of the year and improved greatly as the game went on, said Young.
Fifth-graders triumphed over St. Mary’s North Vernon 35-8 during the Jan. 29 opener. Defense created turnovers for the players, who jumped ahead 18-2 by halftime. Smith scored 5 of her 9 points in the third quarter and King led the Cards with 12 points. Young and Showalter each had 4 points.
The Lady Cardinals traveled to Mount Carmel to take on the Vikings Feb. 11. The Cardinals fought hard, but came up short, losing 26-11, noted coach Anne Suttmann. Leading in scoring for the Lady Cardinals were Rachel Suttmann with 7 points and Bridget Lohmueller with 4 points. The team is now 3-5 on the season.
The team traveled to St. Nicholas and beat the Saints 14-13 Feb. 10. After a slow start, Suttmann hit a shot at the first half’s end to bring the Lady Cardinals within 2 points, with the score of 7-9. The team stepped up their scoring game during the third quarter and took the lead. In the game’s last few minutes, the sixth-graders lost the lead, but with seconds remaining on the clock, Paige Watters came up with a huge weak side rebound and put the ball back in for 2 points, winning the game. Leading in scoring were Lohmueller and Suttmann with 5 points each and Karsyn Watson and Watters each had 2 points. It was a total team effort. Coach Suttmann and Coach Watson were very proud of the team’s tenacious defense. Cora Roth, Meg Ritter and Isabel Imel grabbed several rebounds. Katelyn Rahe and Jaelyn Owens played well on defense and weren’t afraid to fight after the ball.
The team only found themselves down 2 at halftime against St. Mary’s, but suffered a 16-11 defeat Feb. 4, according to the coach. Suttmann scored 6, Roth and Lohmueller chipped in 2 each and Ritter added 1.
The sixth-graders fell 33-10 vs. St. Mary’s North Vernon Jan. 29. Suttmann counted 8 for the upperclassmen and Owens added 2.