Festus didn’t hold up against the Lady Bulldogs’ press.
St. Clair girls basketball trailed the Lady Tigers at halftime on the road 13-12 in the team’s season opener Monday. The Lady Bulldogs then turned on the full-court press and routed Festus 22-3 in the third quarter, going on to win by a final score of 46-22.
“It ended up being a really good second half,” Head Coach Mike Scheer said. “We hit some shots, which we’d missed a bunch of shots in the first half. That helped.”
The Lady Bulldogs got 12 points from senior Megan Hinson, all coming during the team’s third-quarter outburst. Ten of those points came from the field to go with 2-3 shooting from the free-throw line.
Erin York contributed five points, all coming in that quarter, and was a key element in the press attack.
“We changed defenses a little bit and Erin York came in when we started pressing and made a huge difference,” Scheer said. “... It was Erin kind of creating a problem for Festus to throw over or around her or whatever and we were able to get that steal.”
That led to the team’s points that quarter coming in transition and Festus having limited opportunities to even get a shot at the basket.
The Lady Bulldogs only allowed just nine points in the entire second half.
Festus was only able to convert on two field goals in the last 16 minutes, getting five of its last nine points from the charity stripe.
Haley Buscher posted a team high 19 points for the Lady Bulldogs and was the team’s most consistent scoring option, the only one to convert any field goals in the first half.
St. Clair also got six points from Macalyn LaCrone, two from Gracie Sohn and two from Emma Hinson.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Abby Rickermann with seven points.
Maddie Welsh contributed five points for Festus with Jenna Detting getting four, Caitlin Holt and Jess Hebenstreit two apiece and Allison Kuykendall and Melasia Jones one point each.
St. Clair visits Cuba Tuesday.