ARDEN HILLS — A fast start and a strong finish to the first half helped lift Mounds View to a 40-32 Suburban East Conference girls’ basketball victory over Stillwater on Friday night.
The Mustangs scored the first 11 points of the game, but Stillwater answered to close the gap until late 3-pointers by Katie McDaniels and Lauren Saemrow turned a 20-17 Mounds View lead into a nine-point advantage at the break.
Stillwater battled back in the second half to pull within 28-24, but the Mustangs never reliquished the lead while sending the Ponies (1-8 SEC, 4-12) to their third straight loss.
“We just had a hard time scoring, that was basically it,” Stillwater coach Gerard Coury said. “We didn’t have a lot of bad possessions, but we’ve got to score and we need kids to make some plays for us.”
Larissa Colvin tossed in 14 points to lead the Ponies while Paige Becker pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds to go along with four points. Stillwater shot just 24 percent from the field (10-41), including 1 for 7 on from three-point range.
McDaniels led Mounds View with 11 points.
n It was a busy week for Ponies coach Gerard Coury, whose wife Christie gave birth to Brooklyn — a happy and healhty 7 1/2-pound daughter born on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Stillwater 17 15 — 32
Mounds View 26 14 — 40
Stillwater (pts): Annie Lauber 3, Natalie Johnson 4, Larissa Colvin 14, Morgan Tschumperlin 2, Rilee Day 1, Haley Balzart 4 and Paige Becker 4.
Mounds View: Olivia Fixsen 4, Marnie Zilka 6, Jacky Volkert 8, Katie McDaniels 11, Martha Kauls 9 and Lauren Saemrow 2.
3-pointers: St (1): Lauber.
Free throws: St, 9-11.