St. Albert coach Dick Wettengel thought his team hadn’t shot all season like it could have, especially during a recent stretch of six losses in seven games.
He hopes St. Albert got it turned around Friday when the Saintes tied a school record with 11 3-pointers in a 79-57 Hawkeye Ten conference win over visiting Harlan.
St. Albert had four players score in double figures, led by Isabel Pershing’s 22 points off the bench. She was 6 of 12 from 3-point range.
The 79 points were a season high for the Saintes and the most points the Cyclones (0-8 overall, 0-5 Hawkeye Ten) had allowed this year.
“We’ve been waiting for a night like this,” Wettengel said. “We just have not shot well this year, and this is finally, I feel like, the first time that we even came close to our capability shooting.
“It just makes the game a lot easier when you shoot well,” he added.
Teagan Blackburn scored 17 points for St. Albert. Bailey White had 16 and Allie Petry tallied 12 off the bench.
The teams combined to put up 117 shots from the field (3.65 shots per minute).
The Saintes (5-6, 3-2) were 24 of 60 (40 percent) from the floor. Harlan shot 35 percent (20 of 57) and was led by Jocelyn Cheek’s 19 points.
The 57 points scored by the Cyclones were also a season high.
Harlan coach Zach Klaassen said the Cyclone defense just wasn’t up to par.
“Defensively we’ve been pretty good most of the year. Offensively we’ve struggled. It’s just one of those deals where we’ve got to get solid on both ends and just start making things happen,” Klaassen said.
“Our defensive balance, we gave up a lot of layups on just runouts, and that hurt us, and then the 3s too. Our defense can’t be that bad to win,” he added.
The Saintes beat Tri-Center 51-24 the night before, and Wettengel said he thought that win gave St. Albert a boost Friday.
“We got the bugs out a little bit. We weren’t this sharp at all last night. I do think that had an effect and helped us quite a bit,” Wettengel said.
The Saintes led 17-11 after the first quarter behind Pershing, who hit 2 of 3 3-point attempts.
St. Albert then scored the first 10 points of the second period to go up 27-11.
Pershing’s third 3-pointer in four attempts in the half made it 32-14 with 3:50 left in the half, and the Saintes took a 42-24 advantage into halftime.
St. Albert nailed four of its first 3-point attempts to go up 58-36 with 1:06 left in the third quarter and led 62-38 to start the final period.
Harlan (0-8, 0-5) 11 13 14 19—57
St. Albert (5-6, 3-2) 17 25 20 17—79
H: Jocelyn Cheek 19, Claire Schmitz 3, Ashley Hall 5, Justine Buman 2, Raegen Wicks 5, Brecken Van Baale 5, Caitlyn Leinen 9, Chloe Hansen 7, Tianna Kasperbauer 2.
SA: Isabel Pershing 22, Allie Petry 12, Bailey White 16, Emily Recher 5, Teagan Blackburn 17, Keely Socha 3, Jordyn Blaha 2, Makenna Shepard 1, Veronica Svajgl 1.