REMSEN -- The Remsen St. Mary's girls took a 61-36 win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn last Friday. They also came out victorious in a matchup with Spalding Catholic on Tuesday.
Remsen St. Mary's 61, MMC 36
The Hawks swept out to a 22-10 lead in the first quarter and MMC struggled to gain any traction.
The Eagles (2-11) outscored RSM 10-8 in the second quarter, but only closed the gap to 10 points, with the Hawks leading 30-20 at halftime.
RSM led off the second half with a big 15-point third quarter, holding MMC to six points.
"We tightened up our defense in the second half and got a lot of good looks out of our offense," head coach Nick Staab said.
The score heading into the final period had the Hawks ahead 45-26.
RSM scored 16 more before the buzzer and MMC could only put in 10 points, giving the Hawks the 25-point win.
RSM had three girls in double figures for the night. Senior Paige Harpenau led with 15 points. She went 5-of-10 on field goals and 5-of-6 from the line.
Senior Makenzie Ricke added 12 and junior Lyndsie Schorg scored 10 points for the night.
"We had eight of our ten girls score," Staab said. "I'm happy with that, happy with the balance."
RSM senior Anyssa Trejo grabbed seven rebounds for the night, Harpenau made seven steals and Ricke added six steals.
"All in all I was happy," Staab said. "It was probably one of our better games of the year."
Remsen St. Mary's 57, Spalding Catholic 42
The Hawks got off to a good start against the Lady Spartans and jumped to an 18-9 lead to end the first quarter.
But Spalding fought back in the second period and outscored RSM 11-9, cutting the Hawks' lead to 27-20 at the half.
"We were really sluggish in the second quarter," RSM coach Nick Staab said. "They changed their defenses a lot, pressed us a little. We didn't really adjust well to what they were doing."
The Lady Spartans continued to play hard coming out of the locker room and outscored the Hawks by a point in the third stanza.
Going into the final eight minutes, RSM still had a six point advantage over their opponents, 35-29.
The Hawks took charge of the game again in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Spartans 22-13.
"We pressed them a little more, got some turnovers and easy baskets," Staab said. "We played good team basketball in the fourth quarter."
RSM had three players in double figures. Sophomore Alexis Bunkers finished the night with a team-high 17 points, of which twelve came from beyond the arc. Harpenau had 13 points and Schorg had 12.
Trejo had seven rebounds for the night, followed by senior Miranda Staab with six. Harpenau contributed five steals.
The Hawks' wins moves their record up to 8-6 overall.
They will travel to Hawarden to face West Sioux (10-3) on Friday.
"We are going up there to win," Staab said. "We need to build momentum going into the tournament."