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St. Paul bounces back with FC win over New London

By JOE GILROY • Jan 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NORWALK — Two nights removed from falling on the road to Crestview on Thursday, the St. Paul Lady Flyers returned home looking and got back in the win column on Saturday.

Led by a strong defensive effort and an efficient offensive performance, St. Paul had no problem dispatching visiting New London by a 53-34 for their 11th win on the season.

“It was a good way to bounce back after Thursday night,” St. Paul coach Vicky Mahl said. “I thought the girls did a good job, and that everybody stepped up and played a good game. I am proud of the girls because we got after it and we were more aggressive today than what we were on Thursday.”

Mahl said that the team spent time focusing on some of the things that they were unable to get done at Crestview during Friday’s practice in-between the two Firelands Conference games.

“We talked about being aggressive, but being smart while being aggressive,” Mahl said. “Basically, we want them just to be going after the ball. We did a much better job defensively and everybody was talking to one another. Overall, I thought we just did a better job and were able to switch things up defensively.

“If you can run more than one defense and run them well, I think it helps,” she added. “Some days we can run more than one thing and sometimes we can’t. Today though, I thought we did a good job with that and just give them credit, because today we were able to run more than one thing and I think that helped.”

St. Paul used that defense to run out to a 17-11 first quarter lead that they were able to stretch into 14 point lead at halftime when the Lady Flyers doubled up New London (5-11, 3-8) entering the locker rooms for halftime.

Camille Endsley came up big and played a big role for St. Paul in the win. She led the team with 15 points and made some nice plays on the defensive side of the ball as well.

Endsley wasn’t the only Lady Flyer in double digits in the scoring category. She was joined by Danielle Smith and Lauren Chandler, who scored 14 and 10 points, respectively to give St. Paul of a trio of double digit scorers in the contest.

“We hit some shots today that we didn’t hit on Thursday,” Mahl said. “I think overall that we didn’t do too bad and we looked to attack a little more offensively in the second half than what we did in the first half.”

Kiaya Thierry did her part for New London — Thierry finished her day by sinking a game high of 17 points. Thierry nailed five three pointers in her overall stat book. She was joined by Gabby Ledbetter with 10 points.

St Paul goes to Mansfield St. Peter’s (varsity only) on Tuesday and Western Reserve on Saturday for a pair of big games as the Lady Flyers play out the stretch of their schedule.

“We haven’t had anything postponed yet this year and those are big games for us,” Mahl said.

New London is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Mapleton.

NEW LONDON (5-11, 3-8)

Lili Bartow 1-0—2; Lexi Duggar 1-2—4; Kiaya Thierry 6-0—17; Gabby Ledbetter 5-0—10; Marissa Molner 0-1—1. TOTALS 13-3—34.

ST. PAUL (11-4, 7-3)

Anna Lukasko 1-2—4; Megan Hammersmith 2-2—6; Camille Endsley 4-6—15; Danielle Smith 5-2—14; Maddie McCall 1-2—4; Lauren Chandler 3-2—10. TOTALS 16-16—53.

New London 7  7  7  14 — 34

St. Paul       17 11 11 14 — 53

3-point FGs: (NL) Thierry 5; (SP) Smith 2, Chanler 2, Endsley.

JV: New London won

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