It would be dramatic to say the odds were stacked against the St. Maries girls basketball team in its opener Nov. 14.

But while the contest at Lapwai, defending 1AD1 state champion, posed a tall task, the Lumberjacks were tested themselves with their fourth coach in as many seasons.

It was a test that St. Maries passed for a good part of the first half, down 10-15 after one quarter and still within 10 points after a few minutes played in the second.

“When the lead jumped to 10 and we began to tire, is when the miscues took place,” Coach Gary Krumheuer said. “Once the newness of our system wears off and the girls start executing it properly I believe we will be a good basketball team.”

The 48-77 defeat in which St. Maries was outscored 9-23 in the third frame was highlighted by senior Macie Rimel, who went 2-3 from three-point range and ended with 15 points on the evening.

Kirsten Miller pulled down six rebounds and Sami Badgett dished out four assists in the loss.

“The girls gave it their best effort and didn’t quit,” Coach Krumheuer said.

Upcoming: St. Maries hosted Lakeside Nov. 17 and travels to Bonners Ferry Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

St. Maries 48, Lapwai 77

SM 10 10 9 19 48

LHS 15 18 21 23 77

Rimel – 15 pts., 5-6 FT, 2-3 3PT; Sines – 8 pts., 5 reb., 3-4 FT, 1-3 3PT; Badgett – 5 pts., 4 as; Miller – 5 pts., 6 reb.; Christensen – 4 pts., 1-3 3PT; Watkins – 4 pts., 5 reb.; McGreal – 3 pts.; Mitchell – 2 pts., 2-2 FT; Hammond – 2 pts., 5 reb., 2 as

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