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ST. HENRY — A tough first quarter buried the St. Marys girls basketball team in too deep of a hole to recover.
St. Henry held the Roughriders to one first-quarter point and the Redskins rolled to a 57-29 win on Thursday night.
St. Marys at St. Henry Girls Basketball Photos
St. Marys missed its first 16 shots of the game until Lee Ann Bertke's putback basket midway through the second quarter. The Redskins held St. Marys to 19 percent shooting.
"I thought we came out kind of passive," St. Marys head coach Kelly Fulmer said. "They just took it to us and we went through motions."
A trio of Redskins scored in double-figures. Ally Mikesell led the way with 14 points, Taylor Clune scored 13 points and Kelly Siefring added 12 points. St. Henry shot 44 percent from the floor on 23-of-52 shooting, as the Redskins penetrated the lane and got good looks at the basket inside.
"They were very patient on offense and were able to find the open person," Fulmer said. "After so many passes, we just got a little lost on defense and that gave them openings."
Kelsey Rohrbach and Molly Albert each scored eight points to pace the Roughriders.
The Riders went on a 5-0 run midway through the third quarter on a Reagan Aller runner and Bailey Gottschalk 3-pointer to draw to within 20-11, but St. Henry scored the next seven points to open things back up.
St. Marys played without a pair of senior starters (Kelly Heitkamp and Paige Dicus) who were on the marching band's trip to Florida.
St. Marys, which fell to 2-6 on the season, will travel to Sidney on Saturday for a 11:30 a.m. junior varsity tip-off.
St. Henry, which moved to 6-4 with its second straight win, will host New Knoxville on Thursday, Jan. 3.
The St. Henry junior varsity team defeated the Roughriders, 47-30. Lindi Cisco led St. Marys with 14 points.