Mehlville girls nix Parkway Central, Fox; falter against Zumwalt South
By STEPHEN GLOVER
For the Call
Some may call it "running out of gas" while others will refer to it as "losing your focus."
Yet Ed Feibig, Mehlville Senior High School girls' basketball head coach, refers to it in one word — frustrating.
"We basically played nine good quarters and three bad ones over three games," Feibig told the Call. "We just get cold by the fourth quarter."
The Panthers (6-4, 2-2 Suburban West) came back from their winter break with solid 57-24 thumping of Parkway Central on Tuesday of last week.
Mehlville was led by sophomore forward Michelle Senf's 18 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot. Senior guard Carissa Pratt also scored in double figures with 10 points, one steal and one assist in the win over the Colts.
The following evening was where the frustration began for Feibig and his staff as the Panthers held a commanding 40-25 lead over Fort Zumwalt South after the first half.
But a 13-point performance in the third quarter and a dismal eight-point showing in the fourth quarter doomed Mehlville's seemingly solidified win in a 67-61 loss to the Bulldogs.
"We shot good from the floor and the free-throw line, but had 27 turnovers," Feibig said. "I'm going to guess that half of those were in the fourth quarter. We just lost our composure and everything went downhill."
Senf led the Panthers once again with 15 points, 14 points, three blocks and one assist. Pratt also was solid for Mehlville with 14 points, three assists and three blocked shots. Another Panther who scored in double figures was freshman center Kayla Gordon with 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
"In our last three games, Michelle has found her game," Feibig said. "We couldn't win without her. I think that her greatest asset is that she's a great offensive rebounder."
Mehlville's woes in the second half of play continued on Friday evening of last week as the Panthers played host to Fox in a key Suburban West Conference match.
The Panthers jumped out to a 32-10 lead by halftime yet they only scored 12 points in the second half of play in their 44-38 win over Fox.
"We just got cold against Fox," Feibig said. "We had 22 turnovers and those had to have come late in the game too."
Senf racked up 14 points and 16 rebounds, while freshman center Alyse Gordon notched 10 points, four steals, one assist and one rebound in the win. Gordon was out nearly three weeks after suffering a concussion last month.
"For a freshman, Alyse is playing great," Feibig said. "She didn't practice during Christmas. Her first day back was the Parkway Central game."
Mehlville returns to action at 4 p.m. Friday as the Panthers travel to Rosati-Kain for an always-tough battle with the Kougars. The Panthers battled to a 50-48 win in overtime last season and lost to Rosati 59-54 the year before.
"I really don't know much about them except that they play man-to-man and will press you," Feibig said. "The keys to winning are playing good defense, rebounding and no turnovers. Turnovers are probably on the top of our list right now.''