St. Clair girls basketball returned to its winning ways Monday (Jan. 29), building a comfortable lead by the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-5) went on the road to defeat De Soto (5-12), 48-30, bouncing back from a loss in the championship game of the Hermann Tournament.

“I was really happy,” Head Coach Mike Scheer said. “We came out and had a little bit of a slow start, but some of that was them playing well. Then in the second and third quarer we turned it on and played a lot better defensively. In the third quarter we put the ball in the hole, so that was different.”

The Lady Bulldogs shot just 23.9 percent from the floor, but a strong rebounding performance made up for that. St. Clair totalled 34 rebounds, 15 on the offensive end of the court, in the contest.

St. Clair got out to a 17-12 lead after the first quarter, the only period in which De Soto scored more than seven points.

That lead grew to 29-18 at the half and 40-23 after three quarters.

Scheer said the one negative he would like to see eliminated was the amount of fouls in the fourth quarter, which accounted for the bulk of De Soto’s scoring in the final period. The Lady Dragons made just three shots from the field in the second half and just one in the fourth quarter.

A trio of players led St. Clair in scoring with eight points each — Haley Buscher, Makenzie Schmidtke and Gracie Sohn.

Macalyn LaCrone and Erin York each scored seven. Alana Hinson added five points, Hannah Machelette three and Megan Hinson two.

Sohn led the team in rebounds with nine.

“Sohn rebounded well and Schmidtke came off the bench and scored eight poitns for us. I was real proud of her for that.”

Schmidtke pulled in six rebounds and LaCrone and Graci Shirey added five rebounds apiece. Alana Hinson posted four rebounds with two each from Buscher and York and one from Machelett.

Machelett dished out two assists. Emma Hinson, Megan Hinson and York were each credited with one assist.

York snagged three steals. Schmidtke stole two. Emma Hinson, Machelett, Shirey and Sohn each stole one.

Madalyn Bone was the leading scorer for the Lady Dragons with 12 points.

Kendell Boyer and Sarah-Kate Peoples were next with five points each. Kaitlyn McGinnitey and Emily Smith each added three points and Abi Waymire scored two.

The Lady Bulldogs next play at New Haven Tuesday.