Mehlville Panthers win again, remain one loss behind Suburban West leader


For the Call

No matter how you taste it, revenge can be very sweet.

The Mehlville Senior High girls’ basketball team had revenge on its mind as it played host to Fort Zumwalt South Jan. 27.

The Panthers dropped a 67-61 decision at Zumwalt South last season, which marked their third loss of the year.

The Panthers still haven’t lost three games this year and wouldn’t let the Bull-dogs have the honor of handing them their third loss in the 2004-2005 campaign.

Mehlville (13-2 overall, 5-1 Suburban West) turned the table on the Bulldogs in this year’s rematch, clawing their way to a 47-35 win.

“They (Fort Zumwalt South) are a pretty good team,” Mehlville head coach Ed Feibig told the Call. “They may be 8-11, but they’re a much better team than that. It was a pretty close game, there was no runaway in this one.”

Mehlville’s Michelle Senf led the Pan-thers with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. The junior forward has been the Panthers’ main scoring threat with 14.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game this season.

“They were spending more time guarding Alyse (Gordon) and Kayla (Gordon), so they basically left Michelle alone,” Feibig said. “She (Senf) can score no matter what the situation is.”

Despite the extra attention, sophomore forward Alyse Gordon still impacted the Panther offense, notching 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Gordon averages 7.7 points and 5.2 re-bounds a game and leads the Panthers in blocked shots with 13.

“She was pretty hot from the outside early on in the game and then went inside,” Feibig said. “She really shut them down defensively.”

The Panthers traveled to Washington earlier this week for the Saint Francis Borgia Invitational. Mehlville plays Howell North at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of tournament play — after the Call went to press.

The Knights are led by junior forward Ashley Wiedner, who is posting numbers of 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game this season.

“I went and watched Howell North play Lafayette and Lafayette killed them. But then again, Lafayette is a pretty good team,” Feibig said.

“They have a kid by the name of Wiedner that’s a lot like Michelle in that she’s a rebounder and can play both ends of the court,” he said.