A couple of low-scoring quarters for the Lady Bulldogs and one big quarter for the Lady Eagles made Friday’s contest one-sided.
Sullivan (16-4, 1-1), the No. 10 ranked team in Class 4 in the state, held St. Clair (14-6, 2-1) to just two points in the first quarter en route to earning a 53-34 road victory in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader to support the Coaches vs. Cancer cause.
The Lady Eagles held a 23-13 lead at halftime before doubling their score in the third quarter to take a 46-21 lead into the final period.
“They execute very well,” St. Clair Head Coach Mike Scheer said of Sullivan. “They shot the ball pretty well. They had different girls step up. (Clare Shetley) didn’t do much in the first half, but then she really turned it on in the second half. I thought we did a good job on (Mallory Shetley), her sister, in the first half. The point guard, (Bria Jones), came out and hit some shots, but then we did a pretty good job on her, but really tonight we didn’t get any offense going at all. We turned the ball over too much, especially in the first half, and you can’t do that.”
Macalyn LaCrone led St. Clair with eight points.
Erin York and Hannah Machelett each scored five.
St. Clair received four points apiece from Kenzie Schmidtke and Graci Shirey.
Emma Hinson and Gracie Sohn both added three points.
Haley Buscher rounded out the scoring with two points.
“We needed a better offensive performance tonight,” Scheer said. “I thought we got some shots. We just didn’t hit them. We had a lot of rebounds, I thought, but we’re making mistakes that are hurting us that we can’t make. Simple mistakes and silly turnovers that hurt us. We can’t do that.”
Sohn and LaCrone tied for the team lead in rebounding with seven each.
Megan Hinson pulled down six rebounds. Shirey had three and Machelett two. Lady Bulldogs with one rebound each included York, Schmidtke and Buscher.
Alana Hinson and Emma Hinson each recorded one assist.
Buscher led the team with three steals.
Shirey, Schmidtke, Megan Hinson and Alana Hinson all recorded one steal apiece.
Sullivan’s leading scorer was Clare Shetley with 19 points.
Jones also got into double figures for the Lady Eagles with 15 points.
Other scorers included Mallory Shetley with nine points, Katie Creek with five, Kya Harbour with four and Sophie Sellers with one point.