“This game was played more like a football game than a basketball game,” St. Peter girls coach Bob Southworth said after the Saints won their sixth straight game, 46-37 over host Blue Earth Area on Monday night.
“It was very physical, and both teams shot very poorly from the field. Blue Earth tried to pressure us the full length of the floor, and we didn’t handle it very well during certain parts of the game.
“We built a 17-point lead in the 2nd half and then let them back into the game by turning the ball over and giving up offensive rebounds.
“As a team, we shot free throws very well, and that was the difference in the game.”
St. Peter shot a cool 37 percent (15-for-41) from the field but a warm 75 percent (15-for-20) from the free-throw line.
One of the Saints’ most physical players, post Tailor Raymond led with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. She made 6-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-1 on a 3-pointer, and 6-for-7 from the line.
Post Olivia Hass scored nine points on 3-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line and grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.
Guard Kelsey Carpenter finished third in scoring with eight points, pulled down five rebounds and handed off two assists
Point guard Logan Retzlaff led the Saints with four assists.
Guard Lydia Kennedy dished off three assists, grabbed three rebounds and picked off a team-high four steals.
BEA dropped to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the South Central Conference.
St. Peter (13-3, 6-1) hosts Fairmont (6-9, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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