The Lady Tigers got a 3-point win over Macksville to take fifth place in the Keady Basketball Classic

The St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers wound up in fifth place at Larned’s Keady Classic with a 2-1 record, first losing to Kiowa County 22-40 a week ago last Tuesday, defeating the Hoisington Cardinals 44-28 on Thursday, then defeating the Macksville Lady Stangs in the finals 26-23 on Saturday.

In the finals, St. John’s Tara Nelson started things out making 1/2 free throws, followed by Bree Meyer canning a 3-Pointer and going 2/2 from the line. Jackie Rios made a basket.

The Tigers lead the Mustangs 8-6.

The second quarter offensively was Nelson’s biggest quarter as she added all of St. John’s points, by going 3/4 from the line and made two baskets.

The Score at the half had the Lady Tigers leading 17-13.

The third quarter did not go well as the Tigers could muster up just three points, Fisher making a free throw, and Nelson adding a basket.

St. John leads the Lady Stangs 20-18.

Missed shots continued to plague the Tigers as they added five points to win the fifth place final over Macksville 26-23.

In last Friday’s game against the Hoisington Cards, the Lady Tigers played better to get the win 44-28.

Nelson made St. John’s first points, two baskets, Bree Meyer added a basket, Paige Doran went 1/2 from the line and made a basket. Fisher also made a basket.

After one, the score was tied, St. John 11 – Hoisington 11.

St. John’s basket came at the 6:22 mark when Nelson canned St. John’s first three and went 1/2 from the line. Erin Crissman made St. John’s second 3-Pointer and went 2/2 from the line. Leslie Ramirez made a basket. The Lady Tigers lead 22-13 at the half.

Hoisington outscore the Tigers 8-11 in the third, the score St. John 30, Hoisington 24.

St. John’s defense came thru in the fourth as they held the Cards to four points while scoring 14. The Lady Tigers get the win 44-28.

Scoring for the Tigers were Meyer canning two 3-Pointers, Nelson making two baskets, and Doran going 4/4 from the line.

“Kiowa County was a tough match up for the first round, especially since they were our only loss in that tournament last year” said St. John’s head coach Danny Smith. “But it was a good game to find out where we were at. They are athletic and we weren't good enough offensively to win that game. We have defended very well in about every game this season, but at some point, you have to be able to score. We shot 18 percent as a team against Kiowa County and 20 percent against Macksville.”

“It's just hard to understand right now. We have good guards and capable shooters who are shooting well in practice, but have yet to shoot it well in any games. That shooting has carried over to our free throws and easy shots around the rim.

“Other than turnovers, I haven't even felt like we played that poorly, but when you can't put anything in the basket it sure seems like it. I'd rather shoot poorly now than at the end of the season. Anyone could probably guess what we will be spending a lot of practice time on. I've got good girls, they'll figure it out,” Smith said.

Tara Nelson made the All-Tournament Team.