The only lopsided stat to take away from St. Maries’ girls basketball season opener was also the one that spelled doom for the Lumberjacks.

St. Maries held a 15-12 lead with just over two minutes to play in the first half against Troy Nov. 13, but following a 12-2 run from the Trojans to close out the second quarter, the Lumberjacks did not regain their lead.

Troy shot 37 percent from the field to St. Maries’ field goal percentage of 31, but Coach Gary Krumheuer’s team turned the ball over twice as often as its opposition in a 29-45 defeat.

The Lumberjacks committed 40 turnovers to Troy’s 18.

Sami Sindt led St. Maries with seven points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists. Stacie Mitchell pulled down 11 rebounds and added five points, two steals and two assists.

“Having 40 turnovers and staying in the game for the most part tells me that if we can handle the pressure of game situations better, we can play with the teams on our schedule, which is extremely tough.”

St. Maries traveled to face last year’s 1AD2 state runner-up, Kendrick, Nov. 16, and will host 3A Bonners Ferry – which qualified for the 3A state tournament last season – Friday.

“We have a very young team, with no seniors,” Coach Krumheuer said. “This having been a lot of their first varsity action, they made mistakes that continued effort on their part and more experience will help eliminate.”

Up Next: St. Maries (0-1 before Nov. 16 game at Kendrick) hosts Bonners Ferry Friday. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at St. Maries High School.

St. Maries 29, Troy 45

SM 7 8 6 6 29

TROY 9 15 13 8 45

Sindt – 7 pts., 10 reb., 3 as.; Sexton – 5 pts., 2 st.; Mitchell – 5 pts., 11 reb., 2 as., 2 st.; Spray – 4 pts., 2 st.; Linnemeyer – 4 pts.; McGreal – 2 pts., 6 reb., 2 as., 4 st.; Rimel – 2 pts.

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