The St. Paul Lady Flyers toughed one out Tuesday night at the convocation center, downing Fremont St. Joseph 48-36 in non-league girls’ basketball action.
St. Paul now stands at 9-3 on the season with the victory.
The Lady Flyers were led in scoring by senior co-captain Audrey Badovick, who netted 19 points.
Classmate Taylor Brown scored 11 for St. Paul, which included knocking down three triples.
Senior Hillary Fritz scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds for the Lady Flyers.
St. Paul played without junior co-captain Allison Spence, who sat out Tuesday’s contest with a sore back.
The game was really decided early, as St. Paul led 14-2 after one quarter and stretched that advantage to 18-2 early in the second.
The Lady Flyers held a 29-18 halftime lead and were up 40-29 after three.
St. Paul shot 19-of-45 from the floor, 6-of-9 at the line, had 26 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
The Crimson Streaks were 11-of-43 from the field, 10-of-12 at the stripe, committed 18 miscues and collected 22 rebounds.
Tori Smith paced St. Joseph with 10 points.
Cassidy Frank added eight and Kristin Sessler chipped in seven.
St. Paul coach Jeremy Bliss sounded pleased with the win.
“I think we didn’t make the right decision all the time with the ball and we could be a little smarter and run things a little better,” he said.
“But I thought the girls worked hard, especially on the two girls from St. Joe who could hit the three.”
Bliss gave much credit to sophomores Erin Kramer and Sabrina Schaffer.
Kramer had her first start and scored four points and Schaffer contributed solid minutes off the bench.
“Those two sophomores really stepped up and did a great job,” Bliss said. “Sabrina did a great job sort of shuffling back and forth between the post and the guard.”
Bliss noted Badovick is a steadying influence.
“Audrey can get any shot she wants,” he said. “She’s really worked hard on her mid-range game this year.”
Bliss was happy to see Brown connect on three treys.
“I told Taylor Brown to use the Larry Bird philosophy,” he said. “If you are hot, take it, and if you are not, take it until you are hot.
“And I thought Hillary Fritz did a great job on the (Amanda) Binder girl inside,” he added.
St. Paul won the junior varsity game 46-29 and improved to 10-2 on the season.
Allie Fitzgerald scored nine and Elise Nickoli added eight for the Flyers.
St. Paul plays at Western Reserve on Thursday.
St. Joseph 36
Frank 3-0-8, Sessler 2-2-7, Smith 4-1-10, Flick 0-1-1, Binder 2-0-4, McNair 0-4-4, Reardon 0-2-2. Totals 11-10-36.
St. Paul 48
Badovick 8-2-19, Fritz 5-0-10, Bundschuh 0-4-4, Brown 4-0-11, Kramer 2-0-4. Totals 19-6-48.
Score by quarter
St. Joseph 2 16 11 7 — 36
St. Paul 14 15 11 8 — 48
St. Joseph 29
LeJeune 1-0-3, Franks 2-0-5, McNair 4-0-8, Cullen 2-0-5, Mehalko 3-0-6, Baez 1-0-2. Totals 13-0-29.
St. Paul 46
Nickoli 4-0-8, Moore 1-2-4, Lydia Ott 1-0-2, Bridget Ott 3-1-7, Chandler 3-0-6, Schaffer 3-0-6, Newcomer 2-0-4, Fitzgerald 4-1-9. Totals 21-4-46.
Score by quarter
St. Joseph 6 10 8 5 — 29
St. Paul 12 9 11 14 — 46