Dubbert leads team win over Osborne 62-56
The St. John’s/Tipton girls took on division rival Osborne in an important matchup which could help determine better seeding in the upcoming state tournament. With the Northern Plains League (NPL) games being potentially cancelled the matchup is important for both teams.
The Blujays set the tone with a fast paced offense complimented with an aggressive, full-court press defense the entire first quarter.
Senior Lauryn Dubbert established her presence early by scoring 4 of her 7 quarter points on subsequent possessions. Dubbert always gets her teammates into rhythm by either drawing defenders away and passing to her teammates, or pulling down rebounds so she can keep the ball alive. She managed to secure 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Sophomore followed her lead by getting another Blujay assist in addition to a rebound. Sophomore Ella Wiles continues to dominate the boards by having 5 rebounds, one leading to a putback basket to go with her assist. Senior Lauren Schmitt and Juniors Paige Hollerich and Leah Brummer helped relieve pressure by combining for 6 points, 2 rebounds and 4 steals in the quarter. Their tough defense and constant attack style helped them lead the Blujays led after one quarter, 17-10.
The Bulldogs made adjustments against the Blujays from the start of the second quarter that made an immediate impact. The Lady Jays were unable to find the rhythm previously established in the last quarter. Dubbert scored 5 points, had 2 rebounds and only one steal and assist. Her sole assist led to the only other points scored from Leah Brummer. She added a rebound and a steal to her total as well. Wiles, Hollerich and Schmitt each nabbed 2 rebounds while Schmitt added another steal. The Blujays seen their dominating first quarter efforts cancelled when they were outscored 15-7 in the quarter sending them into halftime trailing 25-24.
Osborne started where they left off with a great shooting percentage throughout the game, never more than in the third quarter. The Blujays relaxed the defense to intercept them closer to half court which was not working. Dubbert matched her previous quarter totals with 5 points, 2 rebounds and a steal. Schmitt saw action on the free throw line but only hit one of her 2 shots. She added another rebound as did Hollerich, who also managed 2 steals, 2 points and an assist. Her basket was from a Leah Brummer assist. Brummer also had 2 rebounds and only made one of her 2 free throws. Katie Brummer pulled down the only other rebound in the quarter. Early struggles with passing and ball handling led to the Blujays being outscored 20-9. After three quarters of play they trailed Osborne 45- 33.
Dubbert's team created space and allowed her to take control in the game while Wiles contributed 4 points and 2 clutch rebounds down the stretch and Hollerich added a rebound and a critical block in the closing minutes. Leah Brummer had support stats in the quarter with an assist and a basket resulting off of Hollerich’s block.
Dubbert and not only heated up but caught on fire in the final quarter. To put her performance in perspective, most players in high school or even college would be satisfied and proud to score over 20 points in a single game. Dubbert let loose for 23 points alone in the 4th quarter with her game total. This included shooting 8/10 with free throws, three 3 point shots. She added 2 rebounds and a steal to this career quarter which seen the Blujays out hustle and outscore the Bulldogs 11-29. The Lady Jays came back from a tough spot to defeat the tough Osborne team 62-56. This game should provide a spark for the team as they finish up regular season games over the next couple weeks.
As of now the Blujays will next face Lakeside who has had one game due to Covid protocols. As of now the division matchup is set for Feb. 9.
St. John's/Tipton scoring:
L. Dubbert - 21 pts, 9/12 FTs
E. Wiles - 8 pts
L. Brummer - 7 pts., 1/4 FTs
P. Hollerich - 6 pts., 0/1 FTs
L. Schmitt - 1 pt, 1/2 FTs