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Helias rolls past St. Teresa's Academy

Helias rolls past St. Teresa's Academy

January 7th, 2011 in News

Old lessons are often the best.

"I learned a long time ago, the object of this game is to stop your opponent from scoring, not necessarily you scoring," Helias coach Doug Light said after Friday night's 65-49 win over the St. Teresa's Academy Stars at Rackers Fieldhouse. "If you get enough stops, you can feed off of that."

The Lady Crusaders got more than enough stops against the Stars in the their second solid effort of the week.

"We really played well together," Light said. "We've been emphasizing playing as a team and it's showing.

"The kids have worked so hard and haven't gotten down on themselves. We've just kept plugging away."

Helias, which limited St. Teresa's to 36-percent shooting (19-of-53) in the game, led by as many as seven points in the opening quarter before taking a 15-12 lead into the second period.

The Lady Crusaders maintained their lead in the second quarter. The Stars cut the deficit to one at 29-28 on a three-point play by Megan Lankford with :45 left in the half. But a layup by Taylor Hagenhoff with :03 remaining gave the Lady Crusaders a three-point lead at the break.

St. Teresa's took its first and only lead of the game with 2:55 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Becca Lueke that made it 38-37. Helias responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead back for good as it was 45-40 heading into the final period.

"(St. Teresa's) has lost a lot of games by just a handful of points," Light said. "We had to remind ourselves to finish it."

Finish it, they did. Helias used a 15-3 run over a four-plus minute span in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The 16-point final margin tied the largest of the contest.

Krista Haslag was strong in the paint and totaled a game-high 19 points for the Lady Crusaders.

"We felt we could get the ball inside tonight," Light said. "A game like this should do wonders for her confidence."

Arielle Chambers added 13 points for Helias, while Olivia Hackmann chipped in with 10.

After several games of 20-plus turnovers, Helias had 10 for the second straight game.

"Ball security, we did a nice job of doing that again," Light said.

Helias (3-7) is back in action this afternoon against Notre Dame de Sion. Game time is 12:30 p.m.

"Anytime you win with as hard as we've been working, it's got to be a great confidence boost," Light said. "I asked them if they were done for the weekend and they said they weren't, they were ready to play again."

Lueke had 12 points to lead St. Teresa's (3-8). Maggie Rellihan added 10 for the Stars, who will play the Jefferson City Lady Jays at 1:30 p.m. today at Lewis and Clark Middle School.