St John fends off South Central

The St. John Lady Tigers defeated the South Central Lady Timberwolves by a score of 38 to 27.

South Central Lady Timberwolf #10 Hadley Lohrding looks for an open teammate. The St. John Tigers hosted the South Central Lady Timberwolves in a game held at St. John High School in St. John, Kansas on February 18, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The game started slowly as St. John took the opening tip off and held onto the ball for a minute and half before scoring the first points of the night.

By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Tigers had built up an 8 to 3 lead.

South Central turned on the scoring in the second quarter. They put 14 points up in the quarter.

St. John held serve though by adding 10 points. At halftime they took a one point lead into the locker room.

Payton Meyer scored two three pointers in the third quarter. The treys added to three field goals and three free throws to make it a 15 point period for the Lady Tigers.

South Central made five field goals but trailed 33 to 27.

St. John added five points in the fourth quarter. More importantly, they held South Central scoreless for the entire eight minutes.

"I thought we did some decent things offensively," said St. John Head Coach Danny Smith. "Their pressure bothered us, I have to them give credit for that. We played really good defense and made it hard for them to score.

"We got down early. I like how we battled back. It's nice to see that at this late in the season to see a young team like this battle back."

Payton Meyer of St. John lead all scorers with 14 points.

Sorrell Peterson led the scoring for South Central with nine points.

South Central sees their record fall to 13 and 6. They host Spearville on Friday.

St. John improves to 11 and 8 on the season. The Lady Tigers travel to face in county rival Macksville on Friday night.