By ERIC X. VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ basketball team wrapped up the regular season on Feb. 25 with an impressive 51-44 win over Class 6 Francis Howell North.
“They were a tough, physical team,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Jordanna Walk-Robison, “which will help us for districts because we will see physical teams throughout (the playoffs).”
Ste. Genevieve’s Maci Reynolds, and others, had the responsibility of guarding Francis Howell North standout Isabelle Delarue.
The Dragons held Delarue, a Missouri State University signee, to 14 points — below her average.
Francis Howell North was a quick team that played pressure defense; however, Walk-Robison said the Dragons were able to handle it.
The game had an expected postseason atmosphere, especially noting the calibre of teams on the court.
The Dragons continued their fine play, coming out hungry after losing in the Bob Sechrest Jr. Christmas Tournament to rival Park Hills Central.
Ste. Genevieve (17-5) has since won 13 of its last 14 games, which also includes drubbing Perryville 70-43 on Feb. 24.
Marysa Flieg and Megan Aubuchon both scored 13 points in the victory over Francis Howell. Aubuchon was 3-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Reynolds added 12 points, including a 3-pointer and 7-of-12 from the foul line, and college prospect Sydney Bumgardaner added 11 points.
What’s more, Reynolds dished off 10 assists and had four steals to lead the Dragons in those categories. Abby Moore was the top rebounder with nine (including two on the offensive glass). Flieg also showed her prowess inside with three blocked shots.
The game was nip and tuck throughout, with Ste. Genevieve up 11-9 after one, 23-20 at intermission and 35-32 after three periods — before pulling away in the end.
In the victory over Perryville, Reynolds dropped in 27 points including seven 3-pointers while Flieg tossed in 16, Moore 10 and Aubuchon nine.