Girls basketball: Stillwater runs past Scots for first win
OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Everybody got into the act for the Stillwater girls’ basketball team in Tuesday’s 70-40 nonconference victory over St. Paul Highland Park at Stillwater Area High School.
Fourteen different players contributed to the scoring as the Ponies (1-2) notched their first victory of the season under new head coach Gerard Coury.
Stillwater jumped out to a 36-15 halftime lead and was never seriously challenged while pushing the ball in transition and outscoring the Scots 22-14 at the free throw line.
“It was good. Everyone got to play and it was one of those feel-good games,” Coury said. “The transition offense was really good. The girls ran the break well and scored on some two-on-ones and three-on-twos. We also went to the foul line a lot more than our first two games and that really contributed to the outburst for us offensively.”
Annie Lauber paced Stillwater with 17 points while Paige Becker added 12 points as part of a strong all-around game.
“Page was really good, offensively rebounding and defensively rebounding she was really good and doing some extra things in addition to scoring,” Coury said.
One of the focuses for the Ponies this season has been aggressive defense and hustle, which the coach calls reflects in compiling GATR stats.
“The effort is there and we’ve got girls that are starting to understand this idea of competing and playing harder,” Coury said. “We give GATR, hustle points, for charges, floor dives and deflections and the girls are starting to buy into that it’s going to be our identity is us playing hard and playing together.”
Larissa Colvin scored six of her eight points at the free throw line for the Ponies, who also received eight points from Morgan Tschumperlin and seven from freshman Rilee Day.
Erica Turner led Highland Park with 12 points.
“We cut down the number of turnovers, we got to the foul line more and we rebounded better,” Coury said. “Those core basketball things, we took care of those things.”
SP Highland Park 15 25 — 40
Stillwater 36 34 — 70
St. Paul Highland Park (pts): Adriana Cardenas 2, Rylea Baumgartner 5, Erica Turner 12, Briara Virnig 3. Samantha Agranoff 7, Rachel Greenberg 2, Kalkidan 2, Shantraya Gustafson 3 and Clarice Minefee 3.
Stillwater: Annie Lauber 17, Maggie Ogren 1, Natalie Johnson 4, Sam Houle 2, Larissa Colvin 8, Morgan Tschumperlin 8, Lauren Lampright 3, Rilee Day 7, Haley Balzart 2, Savannah Johnson 1, Madisen Schmitt 2, Alexis Wahlstrom 1, Meg Pepera 2 and Paige Becker 12.
3-pointers: SPHP, 0; St, 2.
Free throws: SPHP, 14-28; St, 22-38.