The St. Mary’s girls basketball team’s defense again rose to the occasion Tuesday night.

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team’s defense again rose to the occasion Tuesday night.
The host Trojans (17-7) allowed only 27 points after the first quarter in a 64-39 Crossroads Conference win over Lee’s Summit Community Christian.
“Our defense has really taken off,” Trojans coach Krista Daniels said. “As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, they get more and more intense. It’s so great. We’re really playing well.”
The win improved the Trojans to 7-2 in the conference.
Maggie Thomason led St. Mary’s with 18 points, while Jena Hedrick and Katie Smith scored 12 and 11, respectively.
The game was the first part of a boys-girls doubleheader with Christian.
The St. Mary’s boys, however, did not fare as well.
Despite trailing by only two at halftime, the Trojans struggled in the second half against the Eagles, falling 58-45.
St. Mary’s (10-14, 2-7 Crossroads) cut the lead to 51-45 with less than three minutes left, but were unable to score the rest of the way.
“Our third quarter was a tough shooting quarter, and we gave up some easy baskets and it came back to bite us,” Trojans boys coach Byron Jones said. “We cut it to 51-45, but didn’t score the rest of the game, and they hit some free throws to seal the victory.”
Bret Scasselatti scored 21 points to lead the Trojans, while Michael Monteleone added 10.
Matt Webb, a 6-foot-8 senior, led Lee’s Summit Community Christian (17-7, 9-0 Crossroads) with 18 points, helping the Eagles clinch the conference title outright.