OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Annie Lauber drained four 3-pointers during a hot-shooting first half as Stillwater jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 65-36 nonconference girls’ basketball victory over Mahtomedi on Friday at Stillwater Area High School.
With help from their pressure defense, the Ponies (2-2) forced Mahtomedi into 30 turnovers and that provided a nice spark offensively, especially during that 42-point first half.
“We were pretty good defensively,” Ponies coach Gerard Coury said. “We pressured their guards and were able to score in transition, which helped get us going.”
Lauber finished with 22 points to lead the Ponies, who also received 12 points from Paige Becker and nine from Larissa Colvin. Eleven different players scored for Stillwater, which also outscored the Zephyrs 18-8 at the free throw line.
“Going into the season we knew we had to limit our fouls,” Coury said. “We’ve kind of cleaned some of that up.”
The Ponies weren’t flawless — committing 22 turnovers themselves — but Lauber provided the answer to Mahtomedi’s zone defense with outside shooting in the first half.
“They zoned us but she just got going and that really helped,” Coury said. “We’re not shooting it great right now and for her to get that going really made life easier for us to attack that zone.”
Mahtomedi 19 17 — 36
Stillwater 42 23 — 65
Mahtomedi (pts): Brynna Ringham 4, Amanda Graff 2, Ali Greene 19, Marisa Gustafson 4, Katie Lindquist 2, Brianna Kieger 2 and Dayna Gengler 3.
Stillwater: Annie Lauber 22, Natalie Johnson 3, Samantha Houle 2, Larissa Colvin 9, Morgan Tschumperlin 2, Rilee Day 5, Haley Balzart 1, Madisen Schmitt 1, Meg Pepera 4, Madeline Weidner 2 and Paige Becker 12.
3-pointers: Mah (0); St (5) Lauber 4 and Day.
Free throws: Mah, 8-16; St, 18-26.