RUSSELL, Kan. The St. John's/Tipton Catholic Lady Blue Jays came from behind to defeat the Plainville Lady Cardinals by a score of 41-31. The win secured them a spot in the Amos Morris Classic Championship game.
The first quarter only saw a total of 16 points scored by both teams combined. Plainville led 12 to 4 at the horn. The Lady Blue Jays points only came from free throws.
They got their offense moving more in the second quarter as they added ten points. Eight of the points came from field goals. Plainville only added eight points. At halftime, the Lady Cardinals held a 20 to 14 lead.
"I explained to my girls that four quarters is a long time," said St. John's/Tipton Catholic Head Coach Leah Bergmann.
The third quarter proved to be the decisive quarter. With 3:15 left on the clock in the quarter, the Lady Blue Jays tied the game up at 22 points all. St. John's/Tipton climbed back by getting to their more up tempo, pressure game.
The Lady Blue Jays added four more points to end the quarter leading 26 to 22.
They would score their most points of the game in the fourth quarter with 15. Plainville would only add 9 more to have the final score 41 to 31.
"Our defense helped our offense a lot. We got some steals and that really helped our offense get going," said Coach Bergmann.
Lauryn Dubbert lead all scorers with 23 points. She was 11 of 12 from the free throw line.
Plainville's Aubree Dewey scored 17 points.
Plainville will take on Phillipsburg in the third place game on Saturday.
St. John's/Tipton will face Central Plains and senior Emily Ryan for the Championship game Saturday.
"I think it will be interesting. I'm excited to watch her play and I hope the girls are excited to play her," said Coach Leah Bergmann. "Regardless of what happens, I just want them to get better tomorrow."