St. Joseph’s basketball teams went 2-for-2 on the final day of the St. Joseph Hoopfest at the Family Activity Center.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-0) recorded a 68-48 win over Bergman, and the St. Joseph boys followed their performance with a 57-47 victory over Bergman in Saturday’s finale.
"Coach (Bobby) Howard and Bergman are a quality opponent," St. Joseph girls coach Chris Kordsmeier said. "They’re always tough competition, and they have some good offensive players. We were able to break their zone defense several times. … We made some shots back-to-back to bust that thing open. I’m really proud of the girls’ effort."
The Lady Panthers (1-3) made a run at St. Joseph late in the third quarter when Destiny Prohaska, who finished with a team-high 16 points, hit a jumper to pull them closer at 42-41. The Lady Bulldogs’ Jessie Moix, who had 16 points and seven assists, answered with a 3-pointer from the wing. Kelsey Davidson, who scored a game-high 18 points along with teammate Heather Moix, added a free throw. Then, Jessie Moix added another bucket before the end of third quarter to push the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 48-41. Brooke Enderlin came out in the fourth quarter and drained a 3-pointer to add to the Lady Panthers’ troubles, extending the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 51-41.
"I thought we had good balanced scoring. The girls work and play so well together, and I thought that was a big key to the game as well," Kordsmeier said, whose Lady Bulldogs finished as the Class 2A state runners-up last spring. "Our Hoopfest this weekend was a huge success and we had some quality competition in here."
The Bulldogs (2-1) responded after Friday’s night loss with a tough win.
Tyler Jones led St. Joseph in scoring with 13. Cash Schichtl and Wade Beck added 11 points apiece. Zach Hambuchen pitched in eight points.
"I’m proud of how the guys responded and bounced back," St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich said. "We played another tough team on Friday night in Valley Springs. I really believe that Valley Springs is going to do good things this year in the 3A. They are the defending state champions."
Bergman was led by Aaron Dickinson’s 11 points. St. Joseph broke open a game that was 28-26 early in the third quarter. Marcus Kordsmeier, Beck, Hambuchen and Jessie Light all made baskets during a 10-0 run that spanned over two minutes. Dickinson’s basket with 2:20 left ended St. Joseph’s spurt.
"I thought a big play there was a big 3 by Jessie Light, which put us up seven," Bruich said. "We were able to take control, but then we got a little lax. I thought Cash Schichtl came in and gave us some big minutes off the bench. Matt Lowe came in and did a good job. We made our free throws and we got stops when we needed to."
Valley Springs defeated St. Joseph 57-39 on the first day of the St. Joseph Hoopfest.
Tyler Jones led in scoring with 12 points and Wade Beck followed with 10. Marcus Kordsmeier and Zach Hambuchen scored five and four points, respectively. Beck and Kordsmeier had three rebounds and three assists.
"We had too many mistakes and they made us pay every time for them," Bruich said. "We have to learn from this and get better. It’s a long season and we have to work hard to get better."
ST. JOSEPH 47,
VALLEY SPRINGS 37
The Lady Bulldogs stormed past Valley Springs, 47-37.
St. Joseph’s Davidson led the charge with 15 points and seven rebounds. Heather Moix provided 11 points and eight rebounds. Jessie Moix had a big night on both ends of the court, scoring 14, with four assists and four steals.
The Lady Bulldogs’ Elaine Kordsmeier had seven rebounds, and Enderlin provided seven points, four assists and four steals.
"We made a nice comeback after falling behind early in the game," Kordsmeier said. "We kept our heads and started executing on both ends of the floor. Valley Springs is a quality opponent."