The St. Paul Lady Flyers led from start to finish in their 63-44 win over New London in Firelands Conference girls’ basketball play Thursday night at the convocation center.
With the win, St. Paul improves to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the FC. The Ladycats drop to 3-7 and 3-5 in the FC.
The Lady Flyers started the game with a 10-4 run and held a 16-8 lead at the end of the first after back-to-back offensive rebounds and putbacks by Jess Draime.
Foul trouble caused St. Paul to go to its bench in the first half. Draime, Sabrina Schaffer and Allie Fitzgerald came off the bench and combined for 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half.
The Lady Flyers edged New London in the second quarter 14-10 to take a 30-18 lead into halftime.
Led by Taylor Brown, St. Paul put up 22 third-quarter points. Brown had 12 of her game-high 18 points in the third. After she sank her fifth three of the game in the fourth quarter, Brown had put in 18 of St. Paul’s last 31 points.
The Lady Flyers expanded the lead to 19 by the end of the third, 52-33. At one point in the fourth, St. Paul held a 25-point lead. Both teams scored 11 in the fourth.
“We had to go deep into our bench in the first half,” St. Paul coach Jeremy Bliss said. “Sabrina Schaffer and Allie Fitzgerald did a nice job for us, and Erin Kramer is giving us good minutes.”
Hillary Fritz notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for St. Paul.
The Lady Flyers went 13-of-21 from the free throw line. They turned the ball over 18 times and grabbed 45 rebounds.
Megan Thomas led New London with 16 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double to go with six blocks. Felicia Eldridge added nine points.
The Ladycats shot 12-of-23 from the line, committed 20 turnovers for the game and pulled down 33 rebounds.
“St. Paul did an outstanding job,” New London coach Greg Vogelsong said. “We did not play very good defense as a team. We did not rotate well on Taylor Brown.”
The Lady Flyers host Fremont St. Joseph Tuesday. New London plays Seneca East Saturday. St. Paul topped New London in the reserve game, 42-29. Fitzgerald scored 13 and Schaffer added 10 to lead the Lady Flyers. Nicole Richards scored 10 for New London.