Menominee’s Maddy Anderla gets a steal in the first half against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Monday night. Gracyn Myers of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy is at the right. <br> EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Menominee’s Maddy Anderla gets a steal in the first half against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Monday night. Gracyn Myers of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy is at the right.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
MENOMINEE - First impressions were all good for the Menominee girls' basketball team Monday night.

The defense was dominant, the offense crisp, the bench played well, and the Maroons rolled to a season-opening 73-6 win over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.

"With having no practice for five days, I was very impressed with the amount of effort we had, especially on the defensive end," Menominee coach Lucas Chouinard said.

Menominee mercifully took off its full-court press before the first quarter was over. By then, a win was well in hand. The press forced 12 first-quarter turnovers, and STAA fell behind 13-0 before getting its first shot off.

The Maroons have seven seniors and a good mix of size, quickness and experience.

"Size-wise we can't match up," Cavalette coach Julie Chilcote said. "Quickness-wise we can't match up. Basketball-wise we can't match up."

Maddy Anderla scored four straight buckets in transition to open up a 12-0 lead. A basket by Amber Woods, a putback by Amanda Simmons and a steal and layup by Paige Owens extended the margin to 26-4 before the first quarter was over.

Chouinard was happy with the way his team played man-to-man and zone defense.

"We really played good team defense," he said. "We did a very good job of denying the passing lanes and stopping dribble penetration."

The Maroons made 11 of 21 first-quarter shots, then sank eight of 16 in the second period.

"We were getting shots close to the basket, which is what we want," Chouinard said. "We like to play at a fast pace, and that's been the focus since Day 1. We had at times three or four girls running full speed down the court. We try to use our athleticism to the best of our ability."

STAA's 30 turnovers were compounded by Menominee's relentless rebounding. If the Maroons missed a fast-break layup, someone was there to clean up the miss.

Amanda Pedersen led the Maroons with 12 points. Madison McDonnell scored 11 off the bench. Anderla added 10 points and Allia Stewart scored nine. Ten Maroons scored.

When junior Taylor Wilson picked up her third foul in the first quarter and Alyssa Hornick was getting a breather on the bench, the Cavalettes(1-1) had, essentially, a junior varsity team playing the Maroon varsity, Chilcote said.

STAA (6) - Wilson 2, Harvey 0, Armbrust 0, Myers 0, Hornick 0, Beranek 2, Albough 0, Schultz 2, Wagner 0, Le 0. FGs: 3-16; FTs: 0-4

MENOMINEE (73) - Simmons 6, Tiesling 8, Owens 2, Barley 0, Christian 0, Saucier 0, Woods 4, McDonnell 11, Stewart 9, Pedersen 12, Anderla 10, Demmith 1, Unkenholz 0, Mathias 8, Nordquist 2. FGs: 32-57; FTs: 7-15.

STAA 4 2 0 0 - 6

Menominee 26 22 12 13 - 73