Lady Jays fly past Natoma as first season win


NATOMA – The number seven ranked St. John’s-Tipton Lady Bluays opened the 2017-18 season in Natoma on Friday defeating the Lady Tigers 48-14.

The Lady Jays wasted little time getting going, racing out to a 6-0 lead on a basket by Kara Eilert and two baskets by Avery Gates before Natoma got on the board with a five-foot jumper by senior Peyton Ostmeyer.   Following the points by the Tigers, the Jays put together a 10-0 run with two baskets by Kara Eilert, one by Elle Eilert, a layup by Lauryn Dubbert and another layup from Gates to extend the Blujay lead to 16-2.   Three free throws from Natoma followed by another basket from Dubbert to finish off the scoring for the first quarter with St. John's/Tipton leading 18-5.

  The second quarter was much of the same for the Lady Jays as they put together a 15-2 run in the quarter to close out the half.   Erica Brummer got the scoring going followed by a layup from Tara Ellenz.  Gates hit a free throw which was followed by six points from Kara Eilert and a three-pointer from Dubbert to close the half.

After the halftime break, St. John's/Tipton continued to lead, putting up the first 11 points of the period.   Kara Eilert hit three shots, Gates hit a three-pointer followed by an Ellenz put back   to extend the Jays’ lead to 44-7.   Following a deep three pointer from Natoma, Brooke Hollerich hit a long two-point jump shot to close the quarter with the Lady Jays up 46-10.

The final quarter was a low scoring one compared to the rest of the game as Ellenz hit the only basket for the Lady Blujays while the Tigers hit one field goal and two free throws before the quarter ended with the final score of 48-14 the the St. John's/Tipton win. All 14 Lady Jays contributed on the court during the contest.

"For the first game I thought we came out and played pretty well executing the offenses," said Blujay Coach Keith Kresin. "Defensively we play well against their top two players and held them from scoring much.   We will need to get better making good quick decisions on our breaks."

Junior Kara Eilert led the Lady Jays in double figures with 19 points followed by senior Avery Gates at 10 points.   Freshman Lauryn Dubbert  scored 7 points; Tara Ellenz 6; Elle Eilert, Erica Brummer and Brooke Hollerich 2 points each.  

Kara Eilert led the Lady Jays on the glass with 18 rebounds, Elle Eilert 9; Ellenz 8; Gates 4; Brummer and Dubbert 2 each; Hollerich, Emily Koenigsman and Emily Eilert 1 apiece.

Gates led the team in assists on the night with 5; Dubbert 4; Kara Eilert, Elle Eilert, Caitlin Strong and Brummer 1 each. 

The next action for the Lady Jays will be Tuesday night when they travel to Downs to take on the Lakeside Knights as part of the early season round robin tournament.


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