It was the same story, different opponent for the St. Maries girls basketball team Jan. 8.
Both teams turned the ball over and missed shots to open the first quarter, leaving Coach Gary Krumheuer’s team within reach with less than half the frame left to play.
Down 2-5, St. Maries watched Kendrick, ranked fourth in the latest 1AD2 statewide polls, go on a 6-1 run and put the Lumberjacks in a 3-11 hole.
“The first quarter was competitive,” Coach Krumheuer said. “Early we had some good looks at the basket, but couldn’t get anything to fall.”
St. Maries committed 13 turnovers in the opening quarter to Kendrick’s nine. The Lumberjacks were outscored 4-22 in the second quarter and went on to lose 14-49.
“The girls are trying to do their best, and never quit despite the score,” Coach Krumheuer said. “We have had some very good practices, we just need to take what we do in practice and put it into the game.”
Taci Watkins led St. Maries with six points and five rebounds, and Tayla Janssen added three points to go with three rebounds in the effort.
Up Next: St. Maries (0-10, 0-1 CIL) plays its second league contest Saturday at Grangeville (9-3), ranked third in the 2A polls. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
St. Maries 14, Kendrick 49
SM 2 4 7 1 14
KHS 11 22 10 6 49
Watkins: 6 pts., 6 reb.; Janssen – 3 pts., 3 reb.; Spray – 2 pts.; Mitchell – 2 pts., 5 reb.; Elliott – 1 pt.