A weary Sturgis girls basketball team was no match for Sioux Falls O'Gorman on Saturday as the Scoopers dropped a 46-23 contest in the seventh-place game of the girls Class AA state basketball tournament.
The Scoopers' offense throughout the tournament revolved around 3-point shooting, and the pickings were slim from beyond the arc Saturday.
A couple of 3-pointers by junior Lynsey Prosser in the first couple of moments staked the Scoopers to a quick 7-6 lead, but it was all downhill from that point.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, but I think last night’s loss affected every aspect of our game today,” Sturgis coach Mike Friedel said. “Mentally drained or whatever, and I’m not looking for excuses, but these kids really committed themselves and the last couple of weeks have been very demanding and we let that affect us today.”
Stymied in the paint by O’Gorman’s height advantage throughout the game, Sturgis became impatient, unleashing a barrage of 3-point attempts that, unfortunately, produced more air-balls than buckets. The Scoopers went 3-of-31 from beyond the arc in the game, including a 2-for-21 performance in the first half.
While Sturgis struggled after the quick initial burst, going scoreless for the next eight minutes, the Lady Knights capitalized on an efficient offensive effort to grab a 13-7 first-quarter lead. They expanded the margin to 25-14 at halftime as O’Gorman took 13 less shots than Sturgis in the half, but hit 46 percent including 4-of-7 from 3-point land.
“O’Gorman does such a good job and, like us, they have a lot of young kids that are up-and-coming, so I knew it was going to be difficult today,” Friedel said. “We were rushing our shots a little bit, but they were good shots and a few of those go in and we’re in the basketball game, and after that who knows what happens.”
O’Gorman outscored Sturgis 15-3 in the third quarter as the Lady Knights carried a 40-17 lead into a freely-substituted fourth quarter.
Junior Claire Howes led a balanced O’Gorman attack with nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jessica Mieras and Kate Cartwright each tallied eight points.
Only Prosser (nine) managed more than 3 points in the game for Sturgis.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman completed the season with a 15-11 record, while Sturgis closed out the 2012-13 campaign with a 9-17 mark.