Lady Jays fall to Hill City
Monday night the St. John's/Tipton Lady Blujays traveled to Hill City to play the Lady Ringnecks. Despite the records the team with the best record did not win as the Ringnecks led from beginning to the end of the 39-27 victory.
Hill City found a way to control the Lady Jays leading scorer Lauryn Dubbert and the rest of the team couldn't make up the difference. Meanwhile, the Lady Ringnecks had three ladies score in double figures and were able to hit the outside shot. In the first quarter alone the Lady Jays only made two baskets, by Caitlin Strong and Lauren Schmitt. Hill City hit their shots for the 13-4 lead at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw both teams score 11 points each. In the latter stages of the first half the Ringnecks held a 14 point lead. Dubbert, Tara Ellenz, and Paige Hollerich scored baskets early before Schmitt and Dubbert added baskets just before the half ended with the Hill City 24-15 lead.
The third quarter saw the Lady Jays try to make a run as they cut the lead to seven twice. But neither teams offense scored many points. Dubbert and Erica Brummer landed baskets. Strong added a pair of free throws near the end but the Lady Ringnecks held the 28-21 lead
In the final quarter, Ellenz, Dubbert, and Strong scored baskets while Hill City added 11 points for the 39-27 win.
"Hill City played a very physical and fast-paced game," said Lady Jay Coach Leah Bergmann. "Our girls came out a little sluggish and it seemed like we had a hard time adjusting to the way Hill City and the way the officials were calling the game. I thought we played good defense and got good shots, the ball just wouldn't go when for us. I was pleased how we battled all four quarters."
Lauryn Dubbert led the Jays with 8 points, she had 7 rebounds,1 assist, and 5 steals, Caitlin Strong had 6 points and 3 rebounds, Tara Ellenz had 5 points, led the team with 11 rebounds, had 1 assist and 1 steal Lauren Schmitt had 3 points and 1 rebound, Paige Hollerich had 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and Erica Brummer had 2 points and 1 assist.