St. Paul — A slow start for the St. Paul Indians proved insignificant Thursday night as they routed the Southern Coffey County Titans 43-17 in the semifinals of the Class 1A-II Girls Sub-State Tournament.
The Titans led 8-7 through one quarter but managed just nine points the rest of the game.
“Slow starts can be concerning,” St. Paul head coach Doug Tuck said. “But we were running our offense well. We hit the boards well on both sides of the floor. We got to the free throw line.”
Josey Harris led St. Paul with 15 points.
“She’s started figuring out where she can score,” Tuck said. “Her 3-point shot has gotten more consistent and that opens up other things. She’s so athletic and she’s getting in passing lanes to get steals and layups.”
Harris’ shooting opened up the rest of the St. Paul offense that burst ahead in the second quarter.
“With these girls, it’s a lot about confidence,” Tuck said. “Once we hit a few shots, everybody else relaxed and got going. Our defense was really good, holding them to 10 points in the first half. That bought us time.”
With the win, St. Paul is slated to face Waverly at home in the sub-state title game on Saturday with the winner advancing to the state tournament.
“You always like to be in a situation where you’ve got a chance,” Tuck said. “We’ve been in the sub-state championship game a lot over the years. It’s an opportunity for us. Waverly is a good team out of a good league. So we’ll have to play pretty good basketball to have a chance to beat them. That’s what you have to do this time of year.”
CLASS 1A-II SUB-STATE
St. Paul 43, Southern Coffey County 17
St. Paul: 7 14 12 10 — 43
Southern Coffey Co.: 8 2 4 3 — 17
St. Paul: Kenna Doherty 2, Elise Doherty 7, Sophia Albertini 2, Josey Harris 15, Chloe Seme 3, Emerald Struthers 9, Ava Chambers 5
Southern Coffey County: J. Weers 7, E. Hall 2, K. Ohl 4, T. Lather 2, J. True 2