By Tyler Aukrust
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - It was another rough night for New Ulm girls' basketball.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Elizabeth Rummel (35) takes a shot over Cheyanne Bowers (10) of St. James as the Eagles’ Kelsy Kannegiesser looks on during the first half Thursday at NUHS.
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New Ulm kept pace with St. James for most of the first half, but a big second half gave the Saints a 55-34 win over the Eagles in South Central Conference girls' basketball Thursday night.
New Ulm (0-5) found itself down 10-5 midway through the first half, but then Kelsy Kannegiesser stepped up.
She hit a free throw and two jumpers to tie the game with 6:50 remaining in the first half. Kannegiesser finished the game with a double-double, scoring 10 points and recording 10 rebounds.
St. James' Devin Flohrs made a basket and hit a 3-pointer with 4:20 remaining in the half to give the Saints a 17-12 lead.
Maggie Ramirez scored a basket and converted a three-point play while Flohrs added two more baskets to give the Saints a 30-16 lead going into halftime.
St. James' Megan Beckius scored 20 seconds into the second half. New Ulm's Ellie Schneider answered with a basket of her own, but it was all St. James from that point on.
New Ulm didn't score for eight and a half minutes following Schneider's basket. During that span, St. James went on an 18-0 run to take a commanding 50-18 lead over the Eagles.
Schneider finally ended the drought with nine minutes remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 30. Schneider finished with eight points on the night.
Freshmen Allie Grejtak and Briana Sieve each scored a basket at the end to cut the loss to 21 points. Grejtak finished the game with six rebounds.
"We just didn't have any offense tonight," New Ulm head coach Matthew Dick said. "We didn't move the ball around very well. Our offense in the first half was dribbling with their heads down and we need to get more movement with the ball. We will hopefully go back to practice and get better at it."
Julia Runge and Flohrs each scored 11 points for St. James while Beckius had 10.
New Ulm falls to 0-5 on the season and will host St. Peter on Tuesday.