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Holy Family Catholic dispenses New Prague in dominating fashion

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 02/08/19, 8:00AM CST


The Fire's Leigh Steiner had 15 first-half points and finished with 17 against a Trojans team that won the matchup earlier this season.

Leigh Steiner (20) sends a pass to the corner. Steiner led first half scoring with 15 points and finished the game with 17 as Holy Family eased past New Prague 61-46 on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Holy Family Catholic senior guard Leigh Steiner admitted after Friday’s game that she likes to talk.

“I’m just naturally loud everywhere,” Steiner said while chuckling. “It’s translates pretty easily. But as the point guard you have to do it.”

Julia Geurs (left) drives past defender Hannah Lindell for a lay up. Guers added 15 points in Holy Family's 61-46 decisive win over conference challenger New Prague. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First report

After falling to New Prague 60-50 on Jan. 18, Holy Family Catholic got its revenge on Friday with a 61-46 win at home.

The Fire (17-4, 6-2) built a lead early thanks, in part, to senior forward Leigh Steiner, who had a game-high 15 points in the opening half. She finished with 17.

In the second half, senior center Julia Geurs took over for the Fire, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, tallying 10 second-half points and finishing with 14. Geurs also pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Trojans (12-11, 6-2) struggled to get their top scorer, junior forward Emily Russo, into a rhythm. Russo, who came into Friday’s game averaging 16.8 points per game, finished with nine points. Junior forward Amanda Giesen stepped in and scored a team-high 19 points.

With the win, Holy Family Catholic now sits atop the standings in a tie for first place with New Prague.

Amanda Giesen hustles to the baseline to keep the ball inbounds. Giesen score a game-high 19 points at Holy Family High School on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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