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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • St. Mary's girls beat Cleveland, lose to Lester Prairie in playoffs

  • St. Mary’s girls basketball season is over after the Knights suffered a 60-65 loss to Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on the road March 3.
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  • St. Mary’s girls basketball season is over after the Knights suffered a 60-65 loss to Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on the road March 3.
     
    The Knights knew they had their work cut out for them, as LPHT came into the game with a record of 15-10 and recently had a 10 game winning streak. St. Mary’s got to work right away, taking a 15-7 lead before LPHT came back and scored several straight points to regain the lead. Both teams had a fast paced offense which made the first half a high-scoring one. With 2:20 to go, the Knights trailed by seven points before making a small run to end the half trailing 30-33.
     
    The second half was just as close as the first. LPHT scored consistently, which kept St. Mary’s at bay. The Knights got within six with three minutes remaining after freshman Anna Lux put in a 3-pointer, which gave them some late momentum. Senior Nikki Carr made a three point play with a minute left to cut the deficit to four, but LPHT made the late free throws to hold on to the win.
     
    “A hard fought game tonight,” Coach Bruce Woitas said. “Our kids left it all on the court and just came up short. I also want to thank our seven seniors for the great leadership they gave us all season long.”
     
    Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity made 25-of-37 free throws on the night. St. Mary’s had more chances offensively, but made just 23-of-74 total field goals. Carr led the Knights with 13 points, three steals and three assists. Behind her was Becca Schmitz, who recorded double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Larissa Helget put in 11 points, while Sabrina Portner had eight points and 14 rebounds. Senior Jamie Marti added eight points and four rebounds.
     
    On Feb. 27, the Knights hosted Cleveland where they won 51-35 in the first round of playoffs. Both teams had a slow start, but St. Mary’s eventually got things going and took a small lead. The Knights did well defensively in the first half, holding the Clippers to just 15 points. At halftime, St. Mary’s had a 10 point lead.
     
    The Knights continued to do well in the second, controlling the court on both sides. Cleveland upped its offense in the second after scoring 20, but St. Mary’s stayed ahead as it scored 26 to take the game. Knights Coach Bruce Woitas said he was happy with the result.
     
    “A slow start but we kept playing hard and good things started to come our way,” Woitas said. “Came out strong in the second half and controlled the game throughout.”
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    St. Mary’s excelled in the rebound category, tallying up 51 total rebounds on the night. Portner had a game-high 18 rebounds while Schmitz had 12. Schmitz also recorded a game-high 18 points, making 8-10 total field goals. Behind her was senior Carr, who put in 11 points and had four steals and three assists. Meanwhile, Helget and Portner combined for 14 points.
     
    The Knights end their season with an overall record of 11-15.

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