Lady Jays fly past the Blujays 53-38
After a long holiday break the St. John's/Tipton Lady Blujays returned back to action Tuesday night at St. John's gymnasium when they welcomed the Osborne Lady Bulldogs. There was some concern that with the long break the Lady Jays would be rusty. It didn't take very long before the Lady Jays proved that their fans had nothing to worry about.
Playing lights out defense the whole game and scoring almost at will the Lady Jays led all but the first minute on their way to a 53-38 victory that wasn't as close as the final score.
"I was so pleased with how our girls came out and played tonight," said Blujay Coach Leah Bergmann. "I wasn't sure after such a long break between games how we would play tonight. I was worried we'd have to shake off some dust in the first quarter, but we came out with intensity and worked really hard."
The game opened with the Lady Bulldogs scoring the first basket. That would be their only lead of the night. Erica Brummer answered that basket with a three pointer and the Lady Jays were off and running. Lauryn Dubbert scored a basket and a free throw and the Jays lead was 5-2. The Lady Bulldogs added two and then Lauryn Dubbert found her touch. She scored 15 straight points for the Lady Jays as they held the lady Bulldogs to 5 points, giving St. John's/Tipton a 20-9 lead. The first quarter ended with the Lady Jays leading 22-13 with Dubbert scoring 17 of those points.
The second quarter started with the lady Jays outscoring the lady Bulldogs 11- 0. The lady Jays defense during the second quarter was strong. Meanwhile, the offense was provided by Tara Ellenz and Dubbert. Dubbert scored 7 points in the second quarter while Ellenz had 4. The halftime score was 33-13 in favor of the home team.
Osborne was going to do anything they had to do it at the start of the third quarter. They scored the first seven points of the second half, closing the margin to 33-20. Ellenz and Dubbert, then scored seven straight points to extend the lead back to 20. At the end of the quarter, the Jays lead was 46-23. Erica Brummer, Dubbert, and Caitlin Strong had the last three baskets of the third quarter for St. John's/Tipton.
With a 20 point lead at the start of the fourth quarter Coach Bergmann went to her bench. Dubbert added two baskets during the fourth quarter while Page Hollerich contributed one. The Lady Jays bench played most of the quarter, gaining game experience and the final score was 53-38 as the Lady Jays dominated on both ends of the floor.
"Our girls worked really well on defense and it resulted in turnovers, which spurred are offense," said Bergmann. "Lauryn Dubbert played an outstanding game, both offensively and defensively. It was a good win for our girls."
Lauryn Dubbert had her best game for the Lady Jays as she led the team with 36 points. She also had 7 steals and 1 rebound. Tara Ellenz added 8 points, 4 rebounds,1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block, Erica Brummer had 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 7 steals, Caitlin Strong had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals, Paige Hollerich had 2 points and 2 rebounds, Emily Eilert didn't score, but had 5 rebounds and 1 assist, Brooke Hollerich had 1 rebound, and Rachel Gengler had 1 rebound.
With the victory the Lady Blujays record improves to 6-1. Their next game is Friday, Jan. 17 when they travel to Lincoln to take on the Leopards.