The Lady Tigers played the No. 6 Cunningham Wildcats close but come up short in a 36-42 loss.

 It was a close one where the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers led for most of the first half, the #6 in 1A Div. II Cunningham Wildcats came back late in the fourth, their free throws dooming the Tigers. St. John takes a hard fought 36-42 loss last Friday at Cunningham.

In another game earlier in the week at home, the Tigers lost to a strong Central Plains team 26-56.

It was nice to see St. John’s Torre Fisher find the mark two minutes in when she made St. John’s first points, a 3-Pointer. She continued adding up points as she made another three, went 3/3 from the line and made a basket. Jackie Rios made a basket, and Tara Nelson was 1/2 from the line.

The score was tied 14-14 after one.

Nelson made the firsts basket in the second, along with an old fashioned three. Fisher made her third 3-Pointer, the Tigers lead 22-14. The Wildcats came back, the score at the half in St. John’s favor 22-18.

Only five points were made in the third as Nelson made St. John’s fourth 3-Pointer and Paige Doran dribbled straight in towards the basket and made a layup.

The score going into the final quarter had the Tigers falling behind 27-29.

With the Tigers behind by two, the Wildcats went into their delay game, eventually forcing the Tigers defense to come out and go for the ball and causing St. John to foul. When the Wildcats were making most of their free throws, St. John would counter with Nelson making a basket. And when Cunningham had a six point lead, Nelson came through and countered with a three. The Wildcats kept on adding free throws, and this time it was Erin Crissman who made a three just to the left of the key. As the seconds were ticking away, Doran made free throw.

The Lady Tigers take a 36-42 loss from the Wildcats after a long, last two minutes of an exciting game.

The box scores of the Claflin game: 5-26 / 13-37 / 17- 51 / 26 -56.

“I was encouraged with our play this week” said St. John’s coach Danny Smith. “We stayed closer to Central Plains than any team has this season. They are an unbelievable team that will win state again this year. I thought we fought hard. Against Cunningham, I thought Tara and Torre really stepped up. We really felt like we should've won that game, but had too many turnovers and missed easy shots. All we can do is learn from those losses now and we will. I feel like our best basketball is yet to come. We were 6-12 from 3 against Cunningham, but got nothing in transition. We will hit this area hard over the break and figure out how to score more efficiently.”