Opening the season on the road Tuesday, the St. Francis Borgia Regional Lady Knights were able to stay close with Gateway STEM.

However, the host was able to squeeze out a 52-48 win over Borgia.

“It was a tough road loss,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Houlihan said. “We had opportunities but did not execute from the free-throw line. We also turned the ball over a ton. We have some time before our next game to fix some issues.”

Borgia hit 15 of 27 attempts from the free-throw line. The Lady Knights knocked down nine two-point baskets and four three-point shots.

The teams were tied through one quarter, 10-10, and at the half, 23-23. Gateway STEM picked up the lead through three quarters, 37-32. Borgia knocked a point off of that gap in the final quarter.

The Lady Knights were led in scoring by sophomore forward Avery Lackey, who scored 14 points. She knocked down four of her five free-throw chances to lead Borgia in that category.

Senior guard Grace Gettemeier hit all four of Borgia’s three-point baskets and closed with 13 points for the game.

“Grace Gettemeier had a good first half but they shut her down in the second half,” Houlihan said.

Senior forward Lynnae Grus just missed joining them in double digits, scoring nine points.

Sophomore guard Mya Hillermann added seven points while junior guard Julia Struckhoff hit a pair of free throws for her two points.

“Mya Hillermann came off the bench to give us some valuable minutes,” Houlihan said.

The Lady Knights return to action Dec. 3 at Hermann.

The home opener is Dec. 6 against Notre Dame. That’s also the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division opener.

“This definitely was a game we can learn from and make improvements,” Houlihan said.