ST. JAMES - The St. James Saints came out on top of a defensive battle with the St. Maria Goretti Gaels on Wednesday afternoon, pulling out a 42-30 victory in an Apple Valley League girls basketball game.
It was the first win in Apple Valley League play for St. James (5-15, 1-8).
"These girls have really stepped up their level," St. James coach Amy Poffenbarger said. "You have seen a different aggressiveness and a will to win. They have got the attitude that they are going to play good defense, because they know that is going to get their offense going. Our focus every day is defense."
The Saints controlled the boards, limiting the Gaels to just one shot numerous times.
St. James eighth-grader Fatimah Jefferson, a 5-foot-9 reserve post player, scored a game-high 11 points for the Saints. Allie Beck, a 6-foot freshman center, had eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Saints, while Heather Lowery pulled down nine rebounds, Hannah Palin grabbed six rebounds and Sarah Morgan and Lowery made three steals each in the victory.