Mehlville girls looking for four good quarters

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Despite taking a 29-23 lead at halftime against North County, the Mehlville Senior High School girls’ basketball team gave up 37 points in the second half to fall 60-54 on the road to the Raiders.

“We’re definitely playing some good first halves,” Mehlville head coach Laura Bish-op told the Call. “We just need to put together four good quarters.”

The Panthers (2-3, 0-1 Suburban West) were outscored 14-8 in the third quarter and 23-17 in the fourth quarter. Bishop believes that strong play in the third quarter easily could get the Panthers more wins over the course of the season.

“A lot of basketball games are won and lost in the third quarter,” she said. “We’ve got to find a way to come out strong in the third quarter.”

Freshman guard Chanese Washington led the Panthers with 19 points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist.

“She’s such a naturally talented basketball player,” Bishop said. “She makes a lot of great passes, which create a lot more opportunities for us.”

Senior guard Lameisha Lewis also scored in double figures with 17 points and three rebounds.

“Offensively, she had a good game against North County,” Bishop said. “She’s really been putting the team on her shoulders this season.”

Four seniors expected to make significant contributions to this year’s team are Ashley Buehler, Laura Demsko, Emily Martin and Katie Valli.

Buehler is a 6-foot center who’s scoring 2.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

“Ashley’s starting off as our only true center,” Bishop said. “Her biggest attribute is that she’s a really good rebounder.”

Demsko is a 5-foot-9-inch guard who’s averaging 2.4 points per game this season.

“Laura’s a very hard worker and an especially good defensive player,” Bishop said. “She’s definitely taken more of a leadership role this season.”

Martin, a 5-foot-8-inch guard, is averaging one point and 1.5 rebounds per game.

“Emily brings a hard worker’s mentality to the team,” Bishop said. “She’s a real good player that comes off the bench for us.”

Valli is another player who comes off the bench, but the 5-foot-9-inch forward has yet to see action on the court this season.

“Katie’s probably the most physical player on the team,” Bishop said. “She’ll get in there and be physical with just about anybody.”

The Panthers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Kirkwood (2-3, 0-1 Suburban West) for a Suburban West Conference game.