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The runner — Mater Dei senior guard Kierra Winkeler shoots a mid-range jumper over Central’s Miah Weems in the fourth quarter of the Lady Knights’ 45-26 win over the host Cougars. Winkeler had eight points and three rebounds.
   
The Mater Dei Lady Knights basketball team has gotten off to a 6-0 record which is the best start to a season since the 2012-2013 campaign when they won their first 13 games and finished the season with a 25-7 record.
    The Lady Knights picked up wins over Central, Belleville West and Alton Marquette last week and they are next in action on Thursday at Civic Memorial before hosting Christ Our Rock on Saturday.
    In the Lady Knights’ win over Alton Marquette last Monday, senior Kierra Winkeler became just the 13th player to reach 1,000 career points for the Lady Knights.  She sits with 1,032 points.
    The Central Cougars’ lone game of the week was the loss to Mater Dei on Monday as they are now 3-4 on the season.  They hosted Columbia on Thursday before playing Carlyle at home next Monday.
    Mater Dei 45, Central 26:  The Lady Knights’ defense was strong and they made enough buckets on offense to extend their winning streak to six games to start the season.
    Their win at Central on Monday saw them force Central into 25 turnovers while the Cougars were 9-of-29 from the field.
    Mater Dei was not much better from the floor as they converted on 15-of-41 from the floor and had 16 turnovers.
    The Lady Knights used their versatility on offense with six players scoring at least six points with none of them scoring more than nine points.
    “That’s been what we have had going on for much of the season is having four or five people step up and score for us,” said Mater Dei head coach Dave Kohnen.  “Tonight we had that again, but we were not able to knock down as many shots as we would have liked.”
    Mater Dei left no doubt as they scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed from the opening tip.
    Shannon Lampe got the first two buckets for the Lady Knights before Ciara Perkes netted two of her own as MD led 9-0 midway through the first quarter.
    Grace Boeschen got the Cougars on the board with a mid-range jumper with 2:20 left in the initial quarter in front of a steal and a bucket from Chloe Book as MD led 9-4 after the first eight.
    The teams combined for just 10 points and 13 turnovers in the second quarter as Ella Jansen hit the lone bucket for the Cougars and Kierra Winkeler and Abby Braundmeier had one each for MD.


    Mater Dei enjoyed a 15-8 lead at the half that saw Central make just three buckets and turn the ball over 13 times.  MD had six buckets and nine turnovers.
    The Lady Knights opened the lead in the third quarter that saw them outscore the host Cougars 19-4 which included a 9-0 run.
    Sally Albers gave the Lady Knights a spark in the third quarter with three-straight buckets and a pair of rebounds as the lead grew to as high as 34-12 at the end of the third quarter.  Lampe and Perkes added 3-pointers in the quarter.
    “That was nice to see, she is really coming on,” said Kohnen.  “She is very athletic and she is getting better each game.”
    Boeschen had the only field goal for the Cougars in the third quarter as they entered the fourth quarter hitting just four of their first 22 shots with 19 turnovers.
    “This was a very disappointing game,” said Central head coach Nathan Rueter.  “You have to have people step up when you are in a big-stage situation like this, and we have struggled with that this season.”
    Central made a mini-run in the final quarter with Boeschen hitting two triples and Emma Wuest adding another as they got as close as 38-22 with 3:35 left in regulation.
    That was as close as Central would get with Boeschen leading all scorers with 12 points on 4-of-7 from the floor.  She added five rebounds.
    “Ciara Perkes did a good job of helping out on their drives to the basket,” added Kohnen.  “We just need to knock down some more shots on offense.”
    Lampe led Mater Dei with nine points and five rebounds while both Winkeler and Claire Tonnies had eight points.  Perkes scored seven.
    Central outrebounded the Lady Knights 22-20 on the night.
    Our decision making off the dribble is not good,” added Rueter.  “In a varsity high school basketball game,  that stuff is not going to work.”
    Mater Dei 62, Belleville West 24:  The Lady Knights outscored the Maroons’ entire scoring output in the first quarter en route to the blowout victory last Wednesday.
    Mater Dei put up 26 points in the first quarter with senior Kierra Winkeler putting in 11 points while junior teammate Shannon Lampe added seven points.
    The Lady Knights enjoyed a 38-13 lead at the half and a 55-19 lead entering the final quarter.
    Winkeler led all players with 19 points while Lampe checked in with 14 points.  Claire Tonnies added eight points that included 4-of-4 on the line.
    Mater Dei 56, Alton Marquette 38:  The Lady Knights had no trouble last Monday in Alton.
    Mater Dei senior Kierra Winkeler surpassed the 1,000 career scoring mark to make herself the 13th member of the club in MD history.
    Winkeler had 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Abby Braundmeier was 4-of-8 from the floor with a pair of steals and 12 points.
    Shannon Lampe added 10 points, six boards and two assists.  Mater Dei took a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and breezed from there for the victory.
    Mater Dei was 22-of-50 from the floor that included 2-of-7 from beyond the arc.  They were 10-of-13 from the line with nine turnovers.
    Adrenna Snipes paced the Explorers with 12 points and five rebounds.  Marquette was 11-of-33 from the floor with one 3-pointer.

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