The Saints lost by a score of 62-65 Tuesday, coming up just short against tough, cross-county rival Osage.
“We plan to come out and be able to compete with any team on our schedule and I think that we’ve shown that we can do that so far,” said coach Brian Birkedal. “You never know how things will go mentally after finishing 4-18 last season.
“It’s nice to see us come out and play well all 3 games with a win over Riceville and some close games vs Central Springs and Osage who might be the best teams in the conference.”
Playing from behind most of the night didn’t phase the Saints much Tuesday, playing with intensity to stay in the game right until the end. The Saints lost by just three points, with a final score of 62-65.
Jadyn Anderson provided a huge spark for the Saints, finishing with a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Elizabeth Jenkins was a force on defense, finishing with 10 blocks to go with her 15 points. Hali Anderson had a nice all around performance, finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Molly Jenkins ended the game with 4 points and 5 rebounds and Tanyon Schutjer added 6 points and 3 rebounds. Hannah Patterson scored 4 points and pulled down 4 rebounds and Brooklyn Hackbart added 2 points for the Saints.
“We played hard the whole night tonight and that is big for us as a team right now,” said Birkedal. “We didn’t show up scared and we showed that we can play and compete with them which was nice to see. I think at the end we rushed it a little on offense. We had a couple good looks that didn’t go in. We created some good opportunities but shots just were falling when we needed them too.”
The Saints drop to 1-2 on the season and will look to get back to .500 when they travel to Greene on Friday night to take on the North Butler Bearcats (2-1). Good luck, Saints!