NEW ULM - St. Peter opened the second half on an 8-0 run en route to a 54-41 win against New Ulm on Thursday night in South Central Conference girl's basketball action.
Both teams played relatively even in the first half - there were six lead changes and two ties.
Ellie Schneider opened the contest with two baskets to give New Ulm a 4-0 lead. New Ulm was able to build an early 7-4 lead.
St. Peter used free throws in the first half to keep itself in the ballgame, but both teams were plagued by fouls in the first half.
The Saints took their first lead of the night with the help of Shawna Zabinski, who scored two consecutive baskets for her team. The first basket tied the game and her next shot put them ahead.
Briana Sieve gave New Ulm the lead back at 23-22 with a bucket of her own.
Sidney Welp got the lead back for St. Peter with two free throws for a 24-23 lead.
Meleah Reinhart drilled a 3-point shot at the buzzer to give New Ulm a 26-24 halftime lead.
"It was a strange place for our girls [to be]," said New Ulm coach Dan Reinhart of his team having the lead at halftime.
The second half was a completely different story as St. Peter came out and put together its 8-0 run.
Olivia Hass was part of why St. Peter was able to pull away in the second half as the Saints went to her as much as possible. Hass finished with five points.
"St. Peter made a concerted effort to get the ball [to Hass] in the second half," Reinhart said. "They came out firing on all cylinders and they got the lead back."
Reinhart said his team also had to deal with foul trouble in the second half. Schneider's fourth foul came at 10:00, Reinhart's fourth foul came at 8:18 and Sieve got her third with just a little more than five minutes left.
The Eagles' first basket of the second half came on a 3-point shot by Taylor Bolduan with 12:05 left in the game.
New Ulm tried to use a full-court press of its own to get back into the game, but it didn't seem to bother St. Peter much.
The Saints' press did start bothering the Eagles in the second half with their lead as 15 points.
Both teams made frequent trips to the foul line the latter part of the game.
"Our effort was outstanding," Reinhart said.
Meleah Reinhart led New Ulm with 10 points and Schneider added eight. Welp led St. Peter with 16 points and Logan Retzlaff added 12.
Alley Grejtak went down hard, grabbing her right knee at 12:56 of the first half at the Eagles' defensive end of the floor. Medical staff attended to her and she did not return to the game. She was on the bench in the second half with crutches.
"We'll learn something more next week", Reinhart said.
New Ulm (0-5) plays at Glencoe-Silver Lake on Friday in a nonconference game.