AKRON -- Remsen St. Mary's overcame a first-half lead by Akron-Westfield Tuesday to claim their second win of the season, 45-41.
"It was a good comeback run," RSM girls coach Nick Staab said. "We showed toughness. I was proud of the girls. The seniors took charge."
The Westerners ruled the first half and even led 29-18 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter.
A-W dominated the hoops in the second quarter with 16 points.
"A lot of fouls were called in the first half. It seemed like nothing was going our way," RSM's Staab said.
But the Hawks dug deeper and closed in on the Westerners, tying it up 35-35 by the end of the third stanza.
"We spread our offense out, spread the floor and got going offensively -- Lyndsie Schorg had a big three-pointer," Staab said. "Alexis Bunkers had a big three-pointer and they missed some shots -- our defense improved."
The Westerners found themselves in a tight game with RSM after the Hawks ate up their lead.
"We gave up the ball a couple of times in a row there, and we didn't play the best offense, as far as taking care of the ball," said A-W girls head coach Kent Johnson. "We gave them some opportunities to score. We just need to take care of the ball more."
The fourth quarter was a battle between the two teams, with neither able to put much distance between them.
With 40 seconds left on the clock, Akron-Westfield led by one.
Then Bunkers took aim and nailed a key three pointer to put RSM up 43-41.
With 10 seconds to go, a Westerner foul sent Schorg to the charity stripe where she hit two free throws to seal the deal.
Schorg led RSM with 14 points for the night, and Bunkers shot four from beyond the arc to put up 12 points for RSM.
Miranda Staab led RSM in boards with four and she added six assists and a steal.
RSM senior Makenzie Ricke nabbed three steals and Schorg logged four assists.
Leading A-W's scorers, junior Kayla Tindall put in 14 points, and junior Dana Hedlund logged nine, including one three.
The Westerners went 6-16 on free throws.
Tindall added 11 rebounds for A-W and Hedlund dished out six assists.
Junior Jordan Hansen picked up four steals for the Westerners in the non-conference game.
Quarter scores were: 9-6, A-W; 25-18, A-W; 35-35; and 45-41, RSM.
RSM moves to 2-0 for the season and next plays West Sioux Friday at Remsen.
A-W moves to a 0-2 record and will match up with Hinton on the road Friday.