The Remsen St. Mary's girls basketball team fell short in an away game against West Sioux on Friday. They bounced back in their matchup with Storm Lake St. Mary's on Monday.
West Sioux 53, RSM 42
HAWARDEN -- Both teams got off to a good start and the Hawks found themselves down by just two points after the first quarter, 16-14.
RSM had the upper hand in the second stanza and pulled ahead by three points at the half, 27-24.
But the Falcons put the throttle down after the break and the Hawks could not keep up.
RSM scored only five points in the third period while West Sioux had 12.
"They made adjustments to our defense and we didn't adjust back," Remsen St. Mary's coach Nick Staab said. "We couldn't get any shots figured out for a while."
Going into the fourth stanza, the Falcons had regained the lead and were up 36-32.
The Hawks recovered from their scoring drought and racked up 10 points in the final eight minutes, but they could not match the 17 that West Sioux put on the board, resulting in their seventh loss of the season.
Coach Staab's team had 30 turnovers and committed 25 fouls.
"That's pretty much the story of the game," he said. "The turnovers and what they shot from the line. There was one time when we had eight straight turnovers. You're not going to win any game doing that."
Paige Harpenau led RSM in scoring with 12 points. Alexis Bunkers had contributed eight points off the bench. Anyssa Trejo had six.
Defensively, Miranda Staab had a team-high nine rebounds for the Hawks. Bunkers and Harpenau each grabbed six boards.
RSM 66, Storm Lake 37
STORM LAKE -- The Hawks played on the road again again Storm Lake St. Mary's on Tuesday and bounced back from their loss with a victory, 66-37.
"We played really well tonight," Staab said.
His team kicked things into gear early and had a 10-4 lead after the first quarter.
Once in the lead, the Hawks never looked back and took a 31-18 lead into the locker room at the half.
Sitting on a comfortable lead, RSM continued to attack the rim and was up 50-26 by the end of the third period.
The Hawks added another 16 points to their lead in the final stanza while holding the Panthers to 11, resulting in the final score.
By the end of the night, RSM had made 28 field goals and had scored the most points of the season.
"We had some good looks, knocked down some shots and got some easy baskets in transition," Staab said.
Harpenau led the Hawks with 18 points, followed by Lyndsie Schorg with 15 and Bunkers with 14 points.
Defensively, Staab grabbed eight rebounds and Danielle Schroeder had four.
RSM sits at a record of 9-7 going into Friday's matchup with Akron-Westfield.
"We're happy with the direction we're going at this time of year," Staab said.