The Lady Tigers trounced the Ellinwood Eagles 52-24.

Once again, defense, that’s what’s it all about, and the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers showed just that, defeating the Ellinwood Eagles 52-24 a week ago last Tuesday. The Lady Tigers defense was so good, they held the Lady Eagles to just four baskets the entire game. The rest of Ellinwood’s points came from free throws.

Using a fast-paced full-court press for much of the game, starting out, the Tigers took a 13-6 lead, with four Lady Tigers doing the scoring.

Too many turnovers and missed shots underneath kept St. John’s seven point lead lower than it should have been.

Scoring for the Tigers were Bree Meyer making the first basket, followed by Tara Nelson adding two more. Torre Fisher canned a 3-pointer and went 1/2 from the line. Paige Doran also went 1/2 and made a basket.

While the Tigers kept the Eagles from making their very first basket until almost four minutes into the second quarter, it didn’t prevent them from scoring, as they connected on 11 free throws in the half while the Lady Tigers made eight.

The Tigers widened their lead at the half 28-15.

Scoring in the second had Doran making a basket, Nelson canning 3-pointer and three free throws, and Fisher getting most of her’s from the line with five free throws and one basket.

The Tigers held the Eagles to just three points in the third, while adding 17 points for a 45-18 lead going into the final quarter.

Meyer added two baskets and made St. John’s third 3-pointer and Nelson made three baskets. Jackie Rios made two free throws, and Doran and Fisher each made a free throw.

With a running clock and St. John’s head coach Danny Smith starting to clear his bench a few minutes in, the game went by quickly as the Tigers added seven points and took a 52-24 win over the Eagles.

“After Christmas break, we as a team have been pushing each other extra hard in practice, which shows in our game” said St. John senior Torre Fisher. “Through the second half, we continued to play aggressive defense which led us to more scoring opportunities.”

Coming up later in January, the Lady Tigers will once again take part in the Barton County Hilltop Hoops Classic basketball Tournament.

“We were pleased with how hard we played” said Coach Smith. “I thought we wore them down early and it really paid off in the 3rd quarter. I really liked how we played defensively. We just need to convert more plays and make more free throws as a result of our defense.”

He continued saying, “Torre (Fisher), Jackie (Rios) and Erin (Crissman) have been creating a lot for us defensively with their quickness, and I like the direction we are headed.”

“We will likely be the third seed in our tournament at Barton County.”