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Phillipsburg powers by St. John’s-Tipton to win Amos Morris Classic

The Phillipsburg Lady Panther pose for a picture with the championship trophy.  The...
The Phillipsburg Lady Panther pose for a picture with the championship trophy. The Phillipsburg Lady Panthers defeated the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Bluejays by a score of 56 to 24 in the Championship game of the Amos Morris Classic Basketball Tournament held at Amos Morris Gymnasium in Russell, Kansas on December 12, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Dec. 13, 2020 at 6:07 PM CST
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Phillipsburg Lady Panthers dominated the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Bluejays to win the 2020 Amos Morris Classic by a score of 56 to 24.

For the first time in at least five years, the Central Plains Lady Oilers were not competing in the championship game.  Instead, Phillipsburg, who ended the Lady Oilers 138 game winning streak the night before, faced the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Bluejays.

The game saw Phillipsburg’s Taryn Sides matched up with St. John’s Lauren Dubbert many times.

Phillipsburg showed their defensive strength by holding the Lady Bluejays scoreless for almost six minutes of game time.  At the same time, their offense cranked out 19 points to give them a 24 to 6 lead when St. John’s scored again.

After halftime, the Lady Panthers held St. John’s scoreless until 2:45 left in the quarter.

“We’re tired of getting second or third in this tournament.  We always were matched up with Central Plains,” said Phillipsburg Head Coach Rachel Miller. “The girls just wanted to go out and get it, and we did.”

“Taryn Sides hands are so quick.  She is good defensively, and it helps her offense.  We needed a spark after the big win last night.  Taryn gave us that.”

Taryn Sides led all scorers with 22 points.

“Phillipsburg is a good team.  We knew it was going to be a physical, fast-paced team.  We did not pass well,” said St. John’s-Tipton Head Coach Leah Bergmann.  “They are fast and neutralized our offense tonight.”

Lauren Dubbert scored 13 points for the Lady Bluejays.

In the rest of the games from the girls’ bracket on Saturday, Ulysses took seventh place with a 46 to 28 win over Ellsworth.  Smith Center won fifth place with a 59 to 47 victory against Russell.  Central Plains bounced back from their loss to take third with a score of 79 to 31 over Plainville.

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