ST. JOHN (CIK) The St. John Lady Tigers defeated the Ness City Lady Eagles by a score of 42 to 20.
St. John Lady Tiger #2 Darby Smith tries to strip the ball from Ness City Lady Eagle #1 Taylor Starr in the second quarter. The St. John Lady Tigers hosted the Ness City Lady Eagles at St. John High School in St. John, Kansas on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The Lady Tigers came into the first contest of 2019 on a six game loosing streak. The Lady Eagles had only one win in seven games on the season.
The game started with both teams showing some rust from the holiday break. Each team would suffer from hurried shots, clumsy turnovers, and missed passes due to miscommunication.
St. John gathered themselves quicker and built up a lead in the first quarter. They would never surrender that lead for the rest of the night.
At times St. John would roll out four freshmen players on the floor at a time.
By the halftime whistle, the Lady Tigers lead 20 to 11.
In the fourth quarter, the lead expanded to over 20 points.
At the final whistle, the Lady Tigers won 42 to 20 over the Lady Eagles.
Lady Eagle Tiana Epperson lead all scorers with 11 points. St. John's high scorer was Erin Crissman with nine points.
"We needed a win and it felt good," said St. John Lady Tiger Head Coach Danny Smith. "We've been struggling to make an easy shot and I don't know the remedy for that."
On playing four freshman Coach Smith said, "They need the experience and we need them to help build our depth. They have played a lot of basketball, they just need to learn how to play high school basketball."
The St. John Lady Tigers improve to 3 and 7 on the season. The Ness City Lady Eagles still look for another win to add to their record of 1 and 7.