Central Plains cruises to Mid-Winter Classic title

Members of the Central Plains Lady Oilers pose for a photo with the Mid-Winter Classic Champion...
Members of the Central Plains Lady Oilers pose for a photo with the Mid-Winter Classic Champion Trophy. The Central Plains Lady Oilers defeated the St. John Lady Tigers by a score of 64 to 40 in the Championship game of the Mid-Winter Classic Tournament held at St. John High School in St. John, Kansas on January 23, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 3:07 PM CST
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ST. JOHN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Central Plains Lady Oilers won the first Mid-Winter Classic Girls Tournament with a 64 to 40 victory over the host St. John Lady Tigers.

In previous years, the Mid-Winter Classic was a boys-only tournament ran by the St. John Lions Club.  This year the St. John-Hudson school district took over and made it co-ed.

The Girls bracket was a six-team round-robin.  Going into the final contest of the week, both Central Plains and St. John won their two previous games.

Central Plains scored first and led wire-to-wire.  After the mid-point of the first quarter, St. John could only get the score down to a four-point advantage to the Lady Oilers.  By the end of the first quarter, Central Plains led 13 to 6.

Both sides hit two three-pointers in the second quarter.  St. John only mustered five more points while Central Plains added 12 to make it a 31 to 17 game at halftime.

Central Plains kept St. John’s Kaylynn Claussen from scoring in the first quarter.  She scored five in the second and six in both the third and fourth.  She was the lone Lady Tiger to score in double digits with 17.

Central Plains took four minutes to score in the third quarter.   They quickly went to work and added 11 points to their total.

Their most productive quarter came in the fourth when they scored twenty points.  Lauren Oeser came off the bench in the fourth quarter to score six points in her only action in the game.

For the game, the Lady Oilers went 10 for 11 from the free-throw line.

St. John managed to keep the margin under the thirty-point mark for a fourth-quarter running clock.   They scored nine points in the third and 14 in the fourth.

Brynna Hammeke scored the most points with 19.  Jennah Jeffery followed with 16 points, and Lexi Oeser added 11 points.

“Our chemistry is getting better with each week,” said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles.  “You can tell the girls enjoy playing with each other.”

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