Sergeant Bluff-Luton jumped out to an early lead and kept pouring it on in an 87-42 whipping of Remsen St. Mary's in War Eagle Conference girls basketball action Friday in Sgt. Bluff.
"We missed some key baskets early," said St. Mary's Coach Mike Green, "and they jumped to a lead and kept pressing. They're quick and athletic and they wore us down mentally. We weeren't staying with them and not being aggressive enough. That could have been that we played the night before and our legs weren't fresh."
SB-L mounted a 19-9 lead over the Hawks after one quarter, then outscored St. Mary's 26-8 in the second for a 45-17 halftime lead.
Amamda Roder led the Hawks in scoring with 13 while Maggie Krier added 12 and Holly Kockler seven. Kockler brought down nine boards and Roder five.
Kristen Martinson led all scorers with 21 for SB-L, while Traci Bode had 17 - including four three's - and Megan Gilsar twelve.
Turnovers were once again a problem as St. Mary's committed 30 inthe contest.
"When a team gets up on you, you revert to old habits," said Green, "and turnovers were a key thing: steals, travel calls, poor decisions and throwing the ball away. We've got a week now to prepare for Gehlen. We'll spend three days going back to the drawing board and working on fundamentals."
St. Mary's (6-8) hosts WEC rival Gehlen Catholic in the rubber match of the teams' three-game season series this Friday.