Florence beats STAA

Girls Basketball

MARINETTE, Wis. — Cassie Larson’s 22 points sparked Florence past St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 64-46 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday.

“Cassie Larson came up big for us,” said Florence head coach Dave Bauer. “This is what she can do every night. I hope this brings her out of her shell. She has been working hard every game to get to this point.”

The Bobcats (4-6) trailed by 15 points in the first half but recovered to start the second half with a 28-25 deficit.

“We started very sluggish in the first half,” Bauer said. “We weren’t sure what to expect out of them as far as scoring.”

Alexa Pristelski led the Cavalettes (1-12) with 29 points. Florence switched from a man to zone in defending Pristelski.

Foul trouble reduced STAA’s lineup to four players for the final six minutes.

Florence’s Jenna Springer had 10 points. Jordyn Springer added eight points and eight rebounds. Sidnie Steber and

Kathleen Selden each grabbed seven of the Bobcats’ 40 rebounds.

Florence shot 48 percent from the floor and converted 12 of 13 free throws.

The Bobcats visit Wausaukee on Thursday.

“This winning is kind of nice,” Bauer said. “I told them after the game ‘lets keep it going. Keep playing hard and we can surprise people in the second half the season.'”