A season opener got away from the St. Maries girls basketball team quickly Nov. 16.

The girls hosted Bonners Ferry in the first action of winter for both teams, and fell behind 6-17 after one quarter.

“We have a very young, inexperienced team,” Coach Kimberly O’Connor said. “Despite this, the girls played hard for 32 minutes, and the score was spread due to too many turnovers and too many missed shots.”

Taci Watkins led the team in scoring with 10 points in the 36-58 defeat. Jenna Holder put up eight points to go with six rebounds, Macie Rimel had seven points, Mackenzie Hammond four and Kirsten Miller three.

“The girls’ attitudes are great, and they have tremendous commitment and talent,” Coach O’Connor commented. “Our freshmen are stepping up and making an impact, and we are really looking forward to huge improvements over time as the girls get more experience playing together.”

Stacie Mitchell added two points in the effort, followed by Sierra Christensen and Katrina Koser with one point apiece.

The Lumberjacks traveled to Sandpoint Nov. 19 and compete in the Silver Valley Tournament Friday and Saturday at Wallace High School. Games begin Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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