Turnovers were a cause to keep the St. Patrick girls' basketball team out of rhythm Saturday at the St. Patrick Catholic Classic.

The Lady Saints committed 28 of them in a 63-31 loss to Bethlehem. The size and speed of the Banshees was just too much in the lopsided affair.

"They were really fast and we didn't handle their pressure too well today," Lady Saints coach Andy Arn said. "I thought the effort was there, I just don't think in their minds they were ready to go."

After Bethlehem scored 12 of the game's first 13 points in what looked like a layup drill, the Lady Saints were able to respond with a 7-1 run to get within five, but the Banshees pulled away to close out the first, leading 20-8. 

St. Pat's Libby Gallenstein would score four straight to get them within 22-12, but the Lady Saints couldn't get much going from there the rest of the half, trailing at the break 31-14, scoring just two points in the final six minutes of the quarter.

The run continued into the second half as the Banshees scored 15 straight to open up, making it a 24-2 run from the first half after Maddie Sparks converted a layup. Caroline McKay's 3-pointer almost halfway through the third ended the Lady Saints drought, but by that time it was 46-17.

"We tried to make some adjustments, but I give them credit, they hit open shots. Bigger issue was they were relentless on the boards and they did a fantastic job on the boards."

Aggressiveness on the offensive end led to some free throw opportunities for the Lady Saints as they went into the fourth trailing 54-24.

The lead would grow to as big as 33, at 62-29 in the later stages of the contest before McKay closed out the Lady Saints scoring with a layup and bringing it to a 63-31 final.

The loss dropped the Lady Saints to 2-2, capping a busy week to start the season.

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"I made the schedule, there's nothing to complain about, it might not have been the wisest move on my part, but we're deeper than previous years. I feel like looking at the film on this, we'll learn a lot," Arn said.

They'll return to action Wednesday when they host Pendleton County.

"We need to work on rebounding and our mental game. Hopefully we'll learn a lot out of that and continue to get better," Arn said.

Gallenstein led the Lady Saints with 14 points while McKay added seven off the bench.

Bethlehem got two wins on the day, knocking off the Lady Saints in the morning and St. Joseph Central out of Ironton, Ohio in the afternoon, 62-17. That moved them to 4-0.

Ellie Taylor led the Banshees with 13 points. Four others had between six and eight points.

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