Girls basketball: Florence overcomes slow start, beats STAA 60-33

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Springer sisters combined for 29 points to lead Florence in a 60-33 win over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Tuesday.

Jenna had 15 points and Jordyn had 14 for the Bobcats.

Florence head coach Brad Perry said his team started slow in the first half and fell to a 9-4 deficit. He called a timeout to give the team a chance to reboot.

“After that it was a total team effort,” Perry said. “Their energy and enthusiasm was great and they fed off each other.”

Florence went on a 30-3 run for a big halftime lead. The second half was much the same as the rest of the first half, Perry said.

Perry said Jenna’s one-on-one defense led the Bobcats’ defensive effort.

“I thought defensively Jenna Springer on their top scorer did an awesome job. Their top scorer is averaging 18.2 a game — held her to 11 points and frustrated her and I thought that was part of the key to the game too,” Perry said. “The overall defensive effort was good too, but it just started with their star player and they fed off of that. The help defense was just awesome tonight. They’re all talking, communicating, something we’ve been stressing over Christmas break is to be more vocal on the court. Just a good feeling to have them all working as a unit now.”

Florence plays at Three Lakes on Thursday.

STAA 12 21 — 33

Florence 34 26 — 60

FLORENCE (60): Jenna Springer 15, Jordyn Springer 14, Neuens 8, Larson 8, Vassar 7, Selden 6, Steber 2. FT: 6-6. FG: 25-66. 3PT: 4-6 (Jenna Springer 3, Vassar 1). Rebounds: 39 (Selden 7). Assists: 16 (Jenna Springer 7). Steals: 16 (Jenna Springer 8). Turnovers: 13.

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