The St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers took a pair of victories over the Victoria Knights 51-19 and the La Crosse Leopards 46-36.
The St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers were clicking on all heals as they came away with another win for the week, defeating the Victoria Knights 51-19 during Homecoming Night last Friday. It was one of their better performances for 2017-2018. A few days before on Tuesday they defeated the La Crosse Leopards 46-36, also at home.
The game against Victoria was never close as the Tigers led 24-6 after one, much of that coming from St. John’s full court press. The Knights had no one to counter St. John’s Tara Nelson as she collected five baskets and one 3-pointer. Starting on a good night (no pun intended), Paige Doran made two basket (one an old fashioned three), and Torre Fisher made both kinds of three’s, one an old fashioned, and one the regular way.
In the second, all of the Tigers continued to play good defense, holding the Knights to just three points, and grabbed a number of boards. However, there was a lull in the action on offense as the Tigers didn’t score until four minutes in. They did have a number of open shots, but they just wouldn’t fall in.
Doran went 2/2 from the line and made a basket, Erin Crissman made a basket at the buzzer as the half ended, the Tigers lead 30-9.
The St. John gals outscored the Knights 11-2 in the third. Doran and Nelson both made two baskets, and Crissman made a 3-pointer, the score going into the forth with the Tigers leading 41-11.
The three’s continued to fall in the fourth as Bree Meyer made a 3-pointer, so did Crissman making her second three. Zayreli Reyes made a basket and a free throw, the Lady Tigers get another win 51-19.
Against La Crosse, the game was close 8-10 after one. Rios and Meyer both made a basket. Doran made an old fashion three and Nelson made a free throw.
The Leopards stayed ahead at the half 18-19. Fisher made a basket and went 2-2 from the line. Nelson made two baskets, and Doran made two free throws.
The Tigers outscored Leopards 16-5 in the third. Crissman made a 3-pointer and a basket. Doran made a basket and went 3/4 from the line. Fisher made a basket, the score after three with the Tigers leading 34-24.
Both teams played even in the fourth, as the Tigers get a 46-36 win. Fisher made two baskets and a free throw, Nelson made two free throws and a basket, Meyer a basket, and Doran with a free throw, the Tigers defeat the Leopards 46-36.
“The first quarter against Victoria may have been our best quarter of the season” said St. John head coach Danny smith. “We played pretty well defensively and I like our effort on defense. Paige had the best game I've ever seen her play with a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds. She also took a charge and made all of her free throws. I loved her energy and how she played. Erin Crissman also hit a couple of 3's and had a steal for a layup. Tara was much more efficient on offense and had a good game.”
Smith continued saying, “We are playing pretty well right now. We just need more consistency in our shooting, but have been playing well enough defensively to make up for it. All of our losses so far have come to ranked teams with 3 of those being to Central Plains. If we can finish the season strong, we have a good chance to be a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in our sub-state.”