St. John's/Tipton Lady Jays fly past the Kats

Friday night the St. John's Tipton Lady Blujays played their last game of this season at Tipton when they welcomed the Lady Kats from Chase. For the Lady Jays the game had added importance as it was the Tipton Homecoming. 

Lady Jays won the league game 49-29.

"We came out and were aggressive in our man defense and that caused some turnovers," said Lady Jay Coach Keith Kresin. "We were also able to cause some turnovers, with our press and that led to easy transition baskets. That jump started the Lady Jays and allowed them to build up a big first-half lead. They then had the luxury of allowing their entire team to play in the second half as they coasted to victory."

The first quarter set the tone as Avery Gates scored first for the Lady Jays. Pressing and playing man-to- man defense the Lady Jays scored the first 15 points of the game with all five starters scoring. Meanwhile, their defense held Chase scoreless until 10 seconds remained in the first quarter when they hit a three-pointer. The first-quarter score ended with the Lady Jays leading 15-3.

The second quarter pretty much mirrored the first as Lauryn Dubbert led with seven points with the Jays taking on a 13 point run. The Lady Kats didn't score until 1:01 remained in the second quarter, when they got their second basket of the night. The first half ended with St. John's /Tipton going to the locker room leading 30-5.

The second half opened with the Lady Jays going on an eight point run to claim a 38-5 lead. It was at this point where coach Kresin started playing his entire team. Over the next quarter all 14 players made a court appearance. By the end of the third quarter St. John's Tipton led 42-16.

Lady Jays finished with a 49-29 homecoming victory.

"We are really doing a good job passing the ball in the open floor and finishing," Kresin said. "Our half-court defense was pretty good in our half-court offense is really coming around as we are getting better in our decision-making and being patient. All the girls are getting confidence in shooting. We are playing a good inside outside game in our zone offense. It was nice getting a few subs in the first half to play with the starters and them playing well. We were able to get all the girls into the game in the second half. We are really coming around and I think it's because the girls have finally settled in to their roles and are really accepting them. We continue to get better at rebounding, but we still need to value the ball better and have fewer unforced turnovers."

The Lady Jays were led in scoring by Lauryn Dubbert with 19 points. She also had 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 3 steals. She was joined in double figures by Avery Gates with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals. Kara Eiler scored 7 points, with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Erica Brummer 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal; Lauren Schmidt 3 points; Elle Eilert 2 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals; Tara Ellenz 1 point.

With the win the Lady Jays record improves to 12-4. Their next game is Tuesday, Feb. 13 at St. John's when they host the Pike Valley Panthers.

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