Panther Girls Rally Late, Boys Lose

The Storm Lake St Mary’s girls basketball team never led until the final 2 seconds, as they came back to edge Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire 34-33 at the Panther Pit. 

GT-RA led 22-9 at the half, and led by as many as 15 points during the 3rd quarter.  The Panther trailed 28-16 going into the 4th quarter, and were still down by 10 with five minutes left.  Katie Lenhart’s 3-pointer tied the game at 30-30.  A pair of GT-RA free throws gave them the lead back.  A St. Mary’s free throw inside the final minute made it a one-point game.  Trisha Lenhart came up with a blocked shot and put in a layup to tie it at 33-33.  The Titans turned the ball over with 15.3 seconds left.  After a St. Mary’s timeout, an entry pass went out of bounds off of GT-RA with 3 seconds left.  The inbound was received inside by MacKenzie Laven, who was fouled while going up for a shot.  With 2 seconds left, Laven made the first of two free throws, missed the second, and with GT-RA out of timeouts, a backcourt heave was nowhere near.

Trisha led St. Mary’s with 12 points.  Katie Lenhart had 9, including 8 in the 2nd half.  Riley Lenhart had 8.  St. Mary’s is now 3-12, as they beat GT-RA for the second time this season.

GT-RA downed St. Mary’s in the boys game 72-52.  There were four lead-changes and seven ties in the 1st half.  The Panthers led by as many as four on two occasions early on.  GT-RA led 36-32 at the half, and St. Mary’s only managed 5 points during the 3rd quarter, and would trail by double-figures from there on out.

Michael Demers had 20 points for St. Mary’s, followed by Eric Broich with 16.  Andy Geelan of the Titans led all scorers with 29 points.  GT-RA is now 13-2, winners of 10 in a row, as St. Mary’s goes to 3-11.