Thanks to a strong push in the third quarter, the Remsen St. Mary's boys basketball team ended up in the winning column again after 11 consecutive losses. They beat West Sioux 57-53 on Friday. In the following matchup, fourth ranked Storm Lake St. Mary's proved to be too much to handle for the Hawks as RSM fell 72-29 on Monday.
West Sioux 53, RSM 57
HAWARDEN -- In a tightly contested matchup, only two points seperated RSM and West Sioux after the first quarter, with the Falcons up 11-9.
West Sioux had been up 11-2, but the Hawks fought their way into the game and chipped away at their opponent's lead.
"We finally decided to run the game plan. All of a sudden breaks started working our way, we got back in," RSM coach Scott Ruden said.
The game was almost dead even in the second stanza and the Hawks found themselves down by just a point at the half, 26-25.
Coming out of the locker room, St. Mary's pulled ahead and were able to gain some seperation. Scoring 20 points in the third period, the Hawks were up 45-41 going into the final eight minutes.
"The second half was ours, we just executed," Ruden said.
That four point lead proved to be the decisive factor in the game. Both teams were neck and neck again in the fourth quarter and scored twelve points each.
At the final buzzer, RSM could celebrate the fourth win of the season. They had not won a game since November 30.
"The kids felt good after going home finally," Ruden said.
Tyler Delperdang had a team-high 18 points for the Hawks. Matt Wesselmann followed with 15, and Elliot Conover had nine points off the bench.
Delperdang also led his team defensively with 11 rebounds. Wesselmann grabbed eight boards for his team.
Storm Lake 72, RSM 29
STORM LAKE -- Fourth ranked Storm Lake St. Mary's put the game away early and led by 22 points after the first quarter, 26-4.
The Panthers continued to pile on points in the second period, with a halftime score of 43-8.
RSM scored 12 points in the third stanza, but Storm Lake continued to dominate on offense and was up 61-20 going into the final eight minutes.
The picture remained the same in the game's closing stages and the Panthers outscored the Hawks 11-9, leading to the final score.
"Storm Lake is a very good team," Ruden said. "I think they have as good a shot at winning state as anybody. We really struggled shooting. No matter how many defensive or offensive designs you have, if you can't put the ball through the hoop you can't win games."
RSM's Wesselmann finished the night with eight points, followed by Nate Roder with five. Wesselmann also had four assists.
Defensively, Delperdang and Nate Roder each grabbed six rebounds.
With the win against West Sioux and last night's loss, RSM's sits at an overall record of 4-12. They will host Akron-Westfield (2-15) on Friday.
"We beat them earlier in the season and we're hoping we can get our number five win. That's our goal, to play good Friday night and get back on track," Ruden said.