Three days after a tough loss in the SPVA tournament finals to Hershey, the North Platte St. Pat's girls' basketball team pounded Anselmo-Merna on Tuesday, 63-16."It's always good after a loss to play with energy," said St. Pat's coach Nathan Stienike. "We came out tonight with the same passion that we played with on Saturday night."
The Lady Irish (15-2) dominated from the opening tip. Samantha Byrn and Shelby Allberry scored the first two baskets of the game. Then Byrn got a three-point play to make it a 7-0 St. Pat's lead just over two minutes into the game.
The Irish scored seven more points before Anselmo-Merna (1-14) got on the board.
"We had a real quick start," Stienike said. "Our defensive pressure led to layups and Brook Boucher made some outside shots."
St. Pat's led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter and the Lady Irish continued to dominate the rest of the way. They led 37-7 at halftime and 52-8 at the end of the third before closing it out.
Anselmo-Merna 2 5 1 8 - 16
St. Pat's 18 19 15 11 - 63
Anselmo-Merna (16)-Kelsey Thompson 9, Hannah Kirkpatrick 1, Megan Max 2, Ashley Markham 2, Danielle Gibson 2
St Pat's (63)-Anna O'Malley 13, Kari Slattery 2, Samantha Byrn 11, Brook Boucher 10, Toni Caudillo 10, Shelby Allberry 6, Brittany Lawrence 4, Erin Nozicka 7
Free Throws: AM 1-3; SP 4-8; Three Point Goals: AM 1 (Thompson), SP 5 (Boucher 2, Caudillo 2, O'Malley)