2018-12-06 / Sports

St. Mary runs past North Bay

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

VOLLEYBALL TEAMMATES Shannon Popp, left, of St. Mary and Bailey Pettit of North Bay await play to resume Tuesday in the first game of the season. VOLLEYBALL TEAMMATES Shannon Popp, left, of St. Mary and Bailey Pettit of North Bay await play to resume Tuesday in the first game of the season. Eagles and Norsemen met on the floor in Northport.

St. Mary (1-0) defeated North Bay (0-1) behind a strong game from senior captain Lindsey Fleis, 55-35.

“I was really happy with our ball movement tonight,” St. Mary coach Clint Couturier said. “We continued to find the open girl. Lindsey had a really good game for us but she would be the first one to tell us it was because of her teammates finding her open under the basket.”

St. Mary jumped out to a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter over North Bay, leading the rest of the way in the game. The Eagles rattled off a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 24-7 with 3:18 left in the first half. Both teams would add 10 points to the scores, heading into halftime, 34-17.

“I was happiest with the change in demeanor in the second half,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said. “We were playing frustrated in the first half, and I keep having to tell them its going to be tough on the court so don’t let it destroy the team attitude. We have to continue to play hard all game.”

St. Mary extended the lead, 42-20 with 2:38 left in the third quarter and continued to look for more. The Eagles had the lead at 48-26 at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles slowed down the offense in the final quarter, finishing the game with a 20 point lead against North Bay.

“The team went out and worked hard tonight,” Couturier said. “We were short-handed without Olivia Schaub and I thought the team would get a little winded but they didn’t. There is no quit in the team.”

Champion had no problem with the effort he saw in his North Bay team. He said the team just has to get back at it and work harder.

“We were a little slow on our transition offense,” Champion said. “We have to play all seconds of the game, work on the transition and press effectively.”

Fleis led St. Mary, scoring 20 points on nine of 15 shooting. Fleis also added five rebounds and seven steals. Emily Grant had 13 points, making five of her eight shots. Grant added two rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Jenna Sumner had eight points, three rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Eagles. Alexandria Kirt added eight points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block. Breanna Weber rounded out the scoring for St. Mary, scoring six points. Weber also had five rebounds, one assist and three steals.

“They (the team) are starting to gel as far as figuring out the offense,” Couturier said. “They are becoming more comfortable and they are getting in the flow of the season. We have four months of it so I’m looking forward to it.”

Paige Kohler led the night in scoring, piling up 26 points for North Bay. Bailey Pettit had four points, Maya Shaw added three and Meah Appleton scored two points to round out the North Bay scoring.

“St. Mary played that zone defense really well,” Champion said. “They had better skills and it showed on the court tonight.”

North Bay will make the trip to Frankfort to take on the Panthers. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be the first conference game of the season for the Norse. Frankfort defeated North Bay last time the two teams met in the district championship game, 54-50.

St. Mary will host Buckley today at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Mary high school gym. The Eagles defeated the Bears last time the two teams faced off, 35-19.

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