Lady Jays 12-2 with Lakeside Lady Knights win
Tuesday night was seniors night at St. John's Catholic High School when the St. John's/Tipton Blujays played host to the Lakeside Lady Knights. These two teams met during the first week of the season with the Lady Jays coming home the winner on the upper end of a low-scoring game, 31-17.
"Lakeside came out and played good defense on us," said Blujay Coach Keith Kresin. "We never took what was open in the first quarter and forced some shots instead of being more patient."
There were only three baskets by both teams in the first quarter but in the second quarter, the Jays began to get into their offense and at halftime and forged a lead. They continued to add to that lead in the third quarter and fourth-quarter while limiting the Lady Knights to only six points in the second half.
Scoring for the game started with a three pointer by Erica Brummer, as their only points scored in the first quarter. The Lady Knights weren't much better on offense as they only scored two baskets, one of which was a three pointer, claiming a 5-3 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Lady Jays second basket of the game came at the start of the second quarter by Kara Eilert. That was followed by a pair of baskets by Lauryn Dubbert and another pair of baskets by Kara Eilert, giving the Lady Jays at 13-5 lead. After six straight points by the Lady Knights, Eilert finished scoring in the first half with another basket and the teams went to the locker room with the Lady Jays leading 15-11.
The second half opened with a pair of baskets by Elle Eilert and another basket by Dubbert, giving the Jays a 21-11 lead. The Lady Knights then got their only basket of the third quarter, followed by basket from Kara Eilert that completed third quarter scoring with the Lady Jays leading 24-13.
Tara Ellenz had a free throw to start the fourth-quarter scoring. The Lady Knights answered with a pair of baskets, but that would be their only points the rest of the game. The Lady Jays closed out scoring with a pair of baskets by Elle Eilert and one by Kara Eilert, that made the final score in a defensive struggle, 31-17 in favor of the Blujays.
"As the game progressed we got better on both offense and defense," said Kresin. "After halftime when we reviewed again what we wanted to accomplish, we were more patient and had better ball movement and got the ball inside and took higher percentage shots, unlike the first half. We were more efficient running offense as well, playing defense. That's the way it needs to be when the opposing team does a good job."
In the low-scoring affair, only one Lady Jay reach double figures in scoring. Kara Eilert had 13 points, along with 13 rebounds and 2 assists and 2 steals. Fellow senior Elle Eilert had 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals. Lauryn Dubbert had 6 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals, Erica Brummer had 3 points, 2 rebounds, and Tara Ellenz had 1 point, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
The victory improves Lady Jays record to 12-2 on the season.