Lady Jays fly past the Kats on 14-2 season
Friday night the St. John's/ Tipton Lady Blujays took their longest road trip of the season when they traveled to Chase to play the Lady Kats. The two teams had met earlier in the league tournament with the Lady Jays claiming the victory in their first matchup. The Lady Kats only dress six players, but despite their shortage of numbers they play a competitive game. That was the case Friday night as they made the game competitive early but as the game progressed, they gradually fell further and further behind. The result was a victory for the Lady Blujays 55-32.
"We came out focused but we weren't aggressive enough on defense," said Blujay Coach Keith Kresin.
Early in the game, Chase held the lead until the midpoint of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, the Lady Jays took the lead for good and as a quarter progressed added to their lead. Their defense improved in the third quarter and by the end, they increased their lead to 18 points. The fourth quarter saw the Lady Jays add to their lead, resulting in the final score.
The game opened with a three pointer by the Lady Kats. Dubbert answered with a basket and the Lady Kats scored again for the 5-2 lead. The Jays scored six straight points to claim the ending 10-8 lead, as Dubbert led with six points.
Chase tied the score with a basket to start the second quarter. A basket by Elle Eilert and a three pointer by Dubbert gave the Lady Jays lead they would never relinquish. Dubbert had four three pointers and two regular baskets for a total of 16 points in the second quarter. Emily Eilert scored the Lady Jays other basket as the first half ended the Lady Jays leading 30-18.
The third quarter saw the Lady Jays defense stiffen as they only allowed a basket and two free throws during the quarter. Elle Eilert scored a pair of baskets leading the Lady Jays in the third quarter 11 point scoring. By the end, the Lady Jays had pushed their lead to 18 points, 41-23.
Kara Eilert started fourth quarter scoring for the Lady Jays. During the quarter, six different Lady Jays put points on the board as coach Kresin used all 15 of the girls who dressed for the game. The young ladies played well closing out a 55-32 victory.
"Our girls settled in as the game progressed and Dubbert got the offense rolling. Then, as the team became more aggressive on defense and they got some transition points. The Lady Jays moved the ball around and were more patient on offense and had good spacing as they became more efficient in scoring.
"Again, we were able to get some playing time for the junior varsity players and they did some good things," said Kresin. "Again I thought Chase did a good job of doing what they needed to do, they play very well as a team.
The Lady Jays were led in scoring by Lauryn Dubbert with 25 points. She also had 2 assists and 6 steals. Elle Eilert had 8 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal, Kara Eilert had 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, Emily Keoningsman had 4 points, 3 rebounds, Caitlin Strong had 3 points, 1 rebound,1 assist, Leah Brummer had 3 points, Erica Brummer had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, Emily Eilert had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and Anna Towner had 2 points.
The win moves the Lady Jays record on the season to 14-2. Their next game is a makeup game with the Bennington Bulldogs at Bennington Monday, Feb. 11.