The Lady Tigers would not be denied and dominated Ness City with a 61-36 victory and Tara Nelson leading the scoring with 34 points.
It was worth the long trip for the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers after their 61-36 victory over the Ness City Lady Eagles last Friday night.
From the start, it was obvious that St. John’s go-to man was Tara Nelson, who kept on moving towards the top of the free throw line or to an open spot underneath, as she collected 34 points.
On defense, Nelson grabbed a number of boards too. Paige Doran was grabbing offensive and defensive rebounds like there was no tomorrow, along with making baskets underneath and free throws. The shortest person on the court, Jackie Rios rebounded mostly on the left side of the basket, then dribbled to find the open man outside.
Also highlighted was St. John’s defense, especially during the last three quarters when the Tigers turned on their full court press, resulting in a number of Eagle turnovers. Using traps against Ness’s guards, along with St. John’s quick hands resulted in turnover after turnover for Ness.
Starting out, Nelson first nailed a 3-pointer, made four baskets and a free throw for 12 of St. John’s 14 points. Torre Fisher made the other basket. The Tigers led 14-12 after a last second basket by Ness.
In the first and second quarters, Ness City’s outside shooting did some damage.
Nelson continued her scored onslaught as she added 10 more points to her total. Next in line was Bree Meyer who made a basket early on and a 3-point later in. Fisher made a basket and free throw, and Doran made a basket. The score going into the half had the Tigers leading 34-23.
St. John’s full court press kept on working, allowing the Eagles just six points in the third, while the Tigers kept on increasing their lead 50-29.
With the Ness City gals unable to stop Nelson, she made three baskets and a free throw. Doran’s inside shooting resulted in two baskets, one an old fashioned three, and she made a free throw. Meyer was 2/2 from the line and Erin Crissman made a basket.
The Tigers led the Eagles by 21, 50-29.
Nelson made her 34th point in the fourth by making two baskets and a free throw. Rios made three free throws, Fisher made a basket, and Doran made a free throw.
“In the first half, we scored more than we have, but we didn’t play defense as well” Doran said. “The second half we limited their points and played better defense. We still have plenty to work and improve on.”
The St. John Lady Tigers defeat Ness City 61-36.
“It feels great to get the win coming back from Christmas break” said St. John’s Jackie Rios. “We have all worked very hard. The first half was pretty rough, but in the second half we came out and played well. Not as many of our shots went in as we wanted, but we still stuck with it. We did a pretty good job getting Tara theball inside. Torre did a great job playing defense and had many steals which helped us a lot. Overall we played pretty good, took the dub, and now we are ready to get a win against Ellinwood.”