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Saintes suffocate Trojans

Saintes suffocate Trojans

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St. Albert’s Pearl Reisz (2) co-led the Saintes with 15 points, which included three first half treys.

Tight defense and an early 10-0 Saintes run helped lead St. Albert to a season-opening 48-8 victory over Tri-Center on Tuesday night.

“The defense starts with our guards,” Saintes coach Dick Wettengel said. “We put great pressure on their guards and then we have some bigs that are tough to score over. I was really pleased with the defense and how they played.”

The Saintes got right down to business as the defense didn’t allow the Trojans a shot from the floor to go in until the second quarter and allowed just six points in the first half.

Pear Reisz hit three treys in the first half and Ella Klusman and the team played tenacious defense to help the Saintes run away from the Trojans.

Klusman co-led all scorers with 15 points to give herself a double-double on opening night with 10 steals. Reisz also scored 15 points for the Saintes.

Alexis Flaharty led the Trojans with four points.

The Saintes started the second half scoring the first 20 points of the second half. The Trojan’s first second-half bucket didn’t come until less than three minutes in the fourth quarter remained. While work remains to be done overall, Wettengel was very pleased with the Sainte’s performance for their first game.

“For the first game of the season, we did a great job with ball pressure and our defense and that’s where things have to start,” Wettengel said. “The offense will improve over time, that’s the harder part of the game. When it’s your first night out, you don’t expect it to be pretty unless you have a lot of experience coming back, then it might look a bit cleaner, but we realize that we have a lot of growth to do on offense.”

The Trojans were held to just three made shots from the floor for the night.

The Saintes will return to action on Nov. 30 as they open Hawkeye 10 conference play at Harlan at 6 p.m.

Tri-Center (0-1) 1 5 0 2 — 8

St. Albert (1-0) 13 15 16 4 — 48

Tri-Center: Alexis Flaharty 4, Lydia Assman 2, Isah VanArsdol 1, Brooke Daughenbaugh 1

St. Albert: Pearl Reisz 15, Ella Klusman 15, Lena Rosloniec 7, Missy Evezic 7, Lily Krohn 2, Katelyn Hendricks 2

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