It isn’t slow starts that are hurting St. Maries’ girls basketball team in recent games.

It’s sloppy ones.

Plenty of shots went up Dec. 11 as the Lumberjack girls hosted Orofino in both school’s CIL opener, but nine first-quarter turnovers set St. Maries too far behind for a comeback in the 49-63 loss.

“It began eerily similar to the Bonners Ferry game,” Coach Krumheuer said, referring to his team’s previous game, in which it turned the ball over 19 times in the first half. “After falling behind 10-20 in the first quarter, the game was pretty even after that.”

Through the final three frames St. Maries was outscored by just four points, and for the game made 19 field goals to Orofino’s 20.

The Lumberjacks struggled at the free throw line, making eight of 22 attempts, while the Maniacs were 20-30 from the line.

“You could say we lost the game at the free throw line,” Coach Krumheuer said.

St. Maries’ press continued to be effective, forcing 25 turnovers, and Coach Krumheuer credited Stacie Mitchell for defensive efforts in the post. Stacie recorded five rebounds in the effort.

Macie Rimel sparked St. Maries early as her team outscored Orofino 20-19 in the second quarter. Macie scored 16 of her season-high 18 points in the first half.

The girls (2-4, 0-1 CIL) hosted defending 3A state champion Timberlake Tuesday, Dec. 15 in a final game before Christmas Break. The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Jan. 2 at Genesee (4-1 before Dec. 15 game at Logos).

Upcoming: St. Maries is idle until the final weekend of Christmas Break, Jan. 2.

St. Maries 49, Orofino 63

SM 10 20 10 9 49

OHS 20 19 9 15 63

Rimel – 18 pts., 8-13 FG, 5 reb., 3 as., 2 st.; Hammond – 15 pts., 5-8 FG, 4 reb., 3 as.; Holder – 7 pts., 6 reb., 3 as., 2 st.; McGreal – 3 pts., 4 reb.; Badgett – 2 pts., 2 st.; Mitchell – 2 pts., 5 reb.; Sines – 1 pt., 3 st.; Watkins – 1 pt., 1 blk

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