When we last saw Falls City Sacred Heart’s girls basketball team, they were making it rain three-pointers all over Lindsay Holy Family to seal up a 50-35 victory in the third place consolation game at the state tournament.
The preseason top-ranked Lady Irish picked up right where they left off in March Friday night at Prichard Auditorium and connected on 10-of-18 threes in a 59-31 season-opening win over rival and preseason No. 3 Sterling.
Sacred Heart converted 7-of-10 three-point attempts in the first half and finished the game 10-for-18 from long range to turn an 11-8 first quarter lead into a rout.
SH juniors Abby and Elizabeth Magdanz traded three-pointers to account for SH’s first nine points and went on to combine for six first-half threes. Abby finished the night 4-for-5 from downtown and Elizabeth was 2-for 3.
Unfortunately for Sterling, the intermission didn’t affect SH’s rhythm, as the Lady Irish connected on 10-of-11 field goal attempts, including three more three-pointers, and outscored the Jets 22-3 in the third quarter.
Senior Ashli Jordan, who missed all three shots in the first half, knocked down a pair of threes and scored 12 second half points.
Meanwhile, Sterling senior Jordan Lempka failed to get it going and quietly finished the night with 10 points. SH’s guards harassed the young backcourt of Sterling and kept the ball away from Lempka.
Coming off a great sophomore campaign in which she led SH in points-scored, steals and assists, all-stater Abby Magdanz finished with a game-high 15 points and appeared ready to build on her 39.2 three-point percentage from 2012-13 when she made 51-of-130 attempts .
SH sophomore Maggie Goltz chipped in 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting and Jordan also finished with a dozen on 5-of-9 shooting.
Those three were the only SH players in double figures, although nine different players finished with a made field goal, including three freshmen.
As a team, the Lady Irish made 23-of-48 shot attempts (47.9 percent) and turned the ball over just 11 times.
Sterling on the other hand, was frigid from the floor. The Jets shot 23 percent from the floor and were 1-for-11 from the three-point line.
Junior Kelsi Fouraker led the Irish with five rebounds, while Goltz was tops with three steals and five assists. SH recorded 18 assists and held the Jets to only eight.
Sure, it is only one game, and the first one at that, but the Lady Irish looked to be in mid-season form already, a scary thought for future opponents.
Sacred Heart (1-0) hosts South Holt, MO tonight at 5 p.m., then Hiawatha, KS comest to Prichard Auditorium Thursday night. Friday the Lady Irish hit the road for the first time when they travel to Wetmore, KS.
Scoring vs. Sterling
FCSH – Jordan, 12; A. Magdanz, 15; Schock, 2; Fouraker, 4; E. Magdanz, 6; Goltz, 12; Schulenberg, 2; Hill, 4; Heits, 2.
Sterling – Goracke, 7; J. Lempka, 10; M. Hestermann, 4; T. Hestermann, 4; Kahler, 2; Williams, 2. Jasa, 2.