ST. PAUL — Doug Tuck, one of the most celebrated coaches in the state, secured his 600th career win with the St. Paul Indians girls on Friday in a 48-25 rout of the Northeast Vikings.
“I’ve had three daughters be a part of that stretch,” Tuck said. “There’s a long list of girls that have all been a part of this. It’s one of those things where the way the program has been built, a lot of girls have connections to it. The 600 wins are about them. There’s always pressure to keep it going. Part of it is longevity, but part of it is consistently having good kids year after year. That’s the fun part.”
In Friday’s milestone victory for Tuck, St. Paul was paced in scoring by Josie Harris who had 22 points. It was the second time in as many games this week that Harris led St. Paul in scoring.
“She struggled finding her offense before Christmas,” Tuck said. “She’s someone that’s always had the ability to score but hadn’t put it together. So it’s great to see her come out these last two games and be consistent. She’s knocking down free throws and hit some shots from outside.”
Tuck felt Friday’s win over league opponent Northeast showed improvement across the board.
“This was probably one of the most focused our girls have been,” Tuck said. “We’ve really been hammering our consistency with fundamentals. We came out pretty good tonight. It was one of those games where I felt like we got a little better.”
Now at 4-3 overall and 2-0 in Three Rivers League play, St. Paul faces Iola, Humboldt and Marmaton Valley next week as part of Midseason Tournament Week.
“We’ve played some very good competition this year,” Tuck said. “It’s good for us and good for our young girls in particular. Sometimes we’ve played well and sometimes we haven’t. But I’d rather play that level of competition and learn from it.”
IN THE BOYS GAME…St. Paul took a lead into the final quarter but ended up falling to Northeast 44-40.
Northeast outscored St. Paul 12-6 in the final eight minutes to earn the comeback win.
Landon Beachwear led St. Paul with 19 points on the night.
St. Paul 48, Northeast 25
St. Paul: 9 11 7 21 — 48
Northeast: 8 2 8 7 — 25
St. Paul: Elise Doherty 6, Sophia Albertini 3, Josie Harris 22, Chloe Seme 3, Claire Bradshaw 5, Emerald Strutters 8, Chambers 1
Northeast: Cliffy 3, Fox 7, Underwood 5, Chase 1, Simon 2, Jackson 7
Northeast 44, St. Paul 40
St. Paul: 13 9 12 6 — 40
Northeast: 15 8 9 12 — 44
St. Paul: Landon Beachwear 19, Trey Peters 3, Kiser Wiatrak 4, Ivan Murrillo 4, Norris 4, Austin O’Hara 6
Northeast: Adelman 2, Claffey 1, Dugan 15, Troth 10, Richard 5, Moyer 11