STEELEVILLE -- Mackenzie Pim scored a game-high 16 points to lead three players in double figures, and Steeleville shrugged off a sluggish first quarter for a 53-26 win over Dupo on Monday.
The contest was the Lady Warriors" (5-7, 2-2 Kaskaskia Division) final game prior to a two-week Christmas break leading into the Lebanon/Wesclin Christmas tournament on Dec. 26.
"These kind of games are a little bit harder," said Steeleville coach John Antonacci. "There"s not a set offense, against the zone you have to shoot well and if you don"t shoot well, you"ve got to find another way.
"We got a couple shots to fall, but for the most part, our shots didn"t fall and we did a good job of finding other ways to put the ball in the hole."
Dupo scored the first bucket of the game, but Steeleville scored the next 11 points to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Tigers (0-11, 0-3) wouldn"t go away, however, trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and pulling within a point, 16-15, early in the second.
But two 3-pointers by Pim 2:17 apart helped increase the Lady Warriors" lead to 24-15 and Steeleville never looked back from there.
"We look to her a lot when we don"t have something going to kinda spark us," Antonacci said. "When shots weren"t falling (Monday), it made for a rough start, but (Pim) got a couple to fall and when we play our defense against a team like this, we managed to come out a little bit better once we get a couple to fall."
Sydney Hood (13) and Lexi Middendorf (10) also reached double-digits for Steeleville, while Kaylee Wagner added seven points. The Lady Warriors held a 25-15 advantage at halftime that it extended to 33-17 after three quarters.
Mariah Jones led Dupo with 10 points in the loss. The Tigers won the JV contest, 18-11.