CLAFLIN, Kan. - The Central Plains Lady Oilers defeated the St. John Lady Tigers by a score of 54 to 28 to continue their 89 game unbeaten streak.
While Central Plains won by 26 points, the game was far closer than the final score shows.
St. John came out played an aggressive defense that limited the Lady Oilers to just 11 points in the first quarter. They crossed into double figures with only a few seconds remaining in the period.
The Lady Tigers kept up the pressure on Central Plains limiting them to only 11 more points to close out the first half with a score of 22 to 15.
The third quarter proved to be the deciding frame in the game as the Oilers put up 20 points. St. John could only muster 10 points.
For the Lady Tigers, a moral victory of sorts was that they kept the point difference under 30. If the point difference went above 30, then a running clock would start. The game ended before that became a reality.
Central Plains' Emily Ryan led all scorers with 16 points. Teammate Avery Hurley followed closely with 14 points. St. John's Darby Smith lead the Lady Tigers with seven points.
"They did some things that gave us some problems," said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. "When we finally relaxed and made some shots we were able to take control of the game."