MARCUS - Ranked Storm Lake St. Mary's jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first quarter and maintained control the rest of the way for a 67-45 non-conference boys basketball victory here Friday night.
The Eagles had just one player break into double figures against the 8th-rated, 5-0 Panthers, with freshman Dylan Spieler totaling 13 points. Jesse Kunzweiler and Tyler Prunty talied six apiece for MMC.
MMC sank 20-51 field goals for 39 percent, including 5-13 three-balls. The Eagles made 10-16 free throws. St. Mary's meshed 38-68 shots for a warm 46 percent, including 4-14 three-pointers. The Panthers netted 9-18 free throws.
Prunty paced MMC on the boards with six rebounds, and Andrew Hoefling grabbed four. Luke Lenhart snagged nine rebounds to lead St. Mary's, while Richardson and Nate Lenhart tallied eight apiece.
Zach Specht led the Eagles with two assists and two steals.
"St. Mary's is a very solid ball club all the way around," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "They are 5-0 for a reason. Their post players are very aggressive and absolutely relentless on the boards.
"We did a decent job of breaking their press for the most part, but we have to get better at finishing the press break with a basket on the other end."
In action at Trinity Christian in Hull Thursday night, the Eagles won 54-36.
John Hoefling led MMC with 14 points, while Kunzeweiler, Specht, and Neal Bunt managed eight each.
MMC led 20-8 after the first period, and outscored Trinity 22-15 in the second half to record the non-conference win.
"We had good balance inside and outside scoring," noted coach Bird. "That is something we've struggled with against some of our other opponents."
The MMC teams host Hinton Friday night, and Orange City Unity Christian Tuesday before the holiday break.