St. Mary upsets Edison for first win of season
May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM
It's not often a team gets outshot by almost twice as many attempts and suffers more turnovers in the process, yet has a victory to show for it. But that's what happened to the St. Mary Lady Panthers as they celebrated Parent's Night at the Den last night.
Using a strong second quarter to propel them into a lead they would not relinquish, the Panthers came way with their first win on the season 45-39 over Edison in a Sandusky Bay Conference clash.
The St. Mary zone defense kept the Lady Chargers out of the paint, and the Edison scoring suffered. The Chargers couldn't find the net, shooting just 25 percent (15-for-60), including a 2-of-12 second quarter that saw St. Mary turn a 15-all tie after one period into a 29-21 halftime lead.
"That's been our downfall in games," said Edison coach Jim Colwell. "We play hard for two and a half or three quarters, and then go bonkers. We can't buy baskets."
St. Mary (1-6, 1-4), which has no seniors on its roster, was led by junior Lindsay Kaatz in building its halftime cushion. She had 16 of her game high 24 points by the break, and finished the night with a double-double by adding 13 rebounds. While Panther coach Dave Lozier is happy with the play of his go-to combo guard/forward, he said it was definitely a team effort that got the monkey off the team's back in picking up their first win.
"She's had 20 or more points in six of our games, and we've played Clyde, Perkins, an improved South Central team, and St. Paul, all good ball clubs," Lozier said. "Lindsay is as good as anybody on any given night, but she'll tell you it's not able to be done without the other kids.
"I thought Christa Widman did an outstanding job coming of the bench, and I thought Brady Bowers and Alivia Curtis did a good job for us."
St. Mary enjoyed a 39-27 lead heading into the final period, but the Chargers (3-4, 1-4) made a push to get back in the game and got it as close as the final margin with 1:39 to play on a Lauren Dunnavant jumper. Neither team could score the rest of the way, even though the Panthers had trouble holding onto the ball, suffering several of their 10 turnovers in the period during that last stretch.
For the game, St. Mary had 32 turnovers to 21 for Edison, and the Panthers finished 15-for-33 (45 percent), a whopping 27 less attempts than the Chargers. The difference came at the free throw line, as St. Mary went 14-for-21 compared to Edison's 7-of-11.
"Our girls give 100 percent all the time, but we've got to be more consistent," Colwell said. "We came out and they were in their zone, and we can't get the ball inside. A couple of times we took shots in a hurry. We went to a little change offensively in the fourth quarter and we moved the ball better.
"But, when we had turnovers, they scored. When we got turnovers, we couldn't put the ball in the basket."
Junior Susan Knight and freshman Ciara Reed led the Chargers with seven points apiece, while Zoe Gastier pulled down a team-high eight boards. No other Panthers reached double figures in scoring, but Bowers added eight points and Katy Glovinsky chipped in with seven to compliment Kaatz's big night.
"We have a lot of kids with just 28 quarters of varsity basketball experience," Lozier said, noting that Kaatz is his only returning player from last season. "I told the kids they are starting to learn to play, and let's get to game 10 and see where we are. This is just a good team win."
Edison 15 6 6 12 -- 39
St. Mary 15 14 10 6 -- 45
EDISON (3-4, 1-4)
Zoe Gastier 1-2--4; Dani Wilhelm 1-0--3; Chelsea Frankboner 2-0--4; Susan Knight 3-1--7; Ciara Reed 2-2--7; Abbey Cox 3-0--6; Lauren Dunnavant 1-0--2; Carmen Tinnel 3-0--6. TOTAL 15-7--39.
ST. MARY (1-6, 1-4)
Katy Glovinsky 3-0--7; Lindsay Kaatz 7-10--24; Brady Bowers 4-0--8; Sara May 0-1--1; Alivia Curtis 0-1--1; Maddie Engeler 0-1--1; Christa Widman 1-1--3. TOTAL 15-14--45
3-pt FG: Edison 2 (Wilhelm, Reed); St. Mary 1 (Glovinsky)
JV: Edison 44, St. Mary 40.