St. Maries’ girls basketball team will have a chance to snap their two-game Brawl for the Ball losing streak Saturday on its home floor.
The team has lost each of the last two matchups at the annual competition, last season falling by seven and the year before by 15.
The girls face Wallace Thursday in a rematch of the Lumberjacks’ second-closest loss of the season.
The Jacks dropped a Dec. 3 contest at Wallace by eight points, a margin St. Maries would match once more Jan. 2 against Genesee.
The Lumberjacks closed the gap to two at halftime with the Bulldogs Jan. 2 in a rare game during their Christmas break, but a slew of three point shots put Genesee ahead by five after three quarters.
St. Maries would fall 39-47, dropping to 4-9, 0-1 CIL.
“It was a close game,” Coach Kimberly O’ Connor said. “We couldn’t catch them in the fourth. We had shot opportunities, but they didn’t fall for us.”
Jenna Holder led the Jacks in scoring with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals in the effort.
St. Maries 39, Genesee 47
SM 5 16 13 5 39
GEN 12 11 16 8 47
Holder 15 pts., 5 reb., 4 st.; Koser 6 pts., 1 reb., 1 st.; Ventura 6 pts., 1 reb., 1 st.; Rimel 5 pts., 4 reb., 3 st.; Mitchell 4 pts., 1 st.; Christensen 2 pts., 3 reb., 2 st.; Hammod 1 pt., 3 reb.; Badgett 2 reb., 3 st.; Watkins 1 reb.
Upcoming: St. Maries hosts Wallace Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff, and welcomes Kellogg (7-3) Saturday at 2:15 p.m.