The season-opening winning streak for the Lady Bulldogs stopped at two.
St. Clair girls basketball (2-1) suffered its first loss under first-year Head Coach Mike Scheer Saturday at the St. James Shootout, losing 46-31 against Park Hills Central (1-0).
This was St. Clair’s first trip to the annual event, now in its seventh season.
The Lady Bulldogs got out to a 14-13 lead at the end of the first period, but trailed 21-17 at the half as both teams were held to single-digit scoring in the second quarter.
St. Clair continued to struggle scoring in the second half.
“We had a hard time putting the ball in the hole and we fouled too much,” Scheer said.
Scheer pointed to one stretch during an attempt to come back where the team failed to score on four possessions in a row from short range. From there, the Lady Rebels ability to make their free throws allowed them to pull away and seal the win.
Foul trouble became an issue for St. Clair, which was called for 22 personal fouls in the contest, resulting in Park Hills Central getting plenty of looks from the free-throw line.
From the line, Park Hills Central went 13-21 in the game, but Scheer said they didn’t miss many in the final eight minutes to close it out.
Forward Macayln LaCrone led the St. Clair scorers with 10 points.
Haley Buscher posted eight points and Makenzie Schmidtke seven. Graci Shirey put through four points and the Lady Bulldogs got one point apiece from Erin York and Alana Hinson.
LaCrone, Schmidtke and Megan Hinson tied for the team lead in rebounds with five.
Gracie Sohn pulled down four boards and Shirey three. Buscher and York grabbed two rebounds each. Hannah Machelett had one.
Buscher and Megan Hinson recorded three assists each. Schmidtke and York each had one assist.
York added three steals.
Buscher, Schmidtke, LaCrone and Megan Hinson grabbed one steal apiece.
The Lady Rebels were led in scoring by Caitlyn Holmes with 13 points.
Other Central scoring came from Skyler Amonette with eight points, seven points each from Karissa Bellfield, Sophia Horton and Callie Thurston, and four points for Avery Norris.