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Area sports writer Barry Ragan takes a look at girls sports and boys track and field in the CPL and other area leagues.
Junior high girls lose a tough one in overtime
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Ramsey McVey goes up for two points against Kiowa County.
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Ramsey McVey goes up for two points against Kiowa County.
By Barry Ragan
Nov. 21, 2013 2:11 p.m.

After coming from behind and tying the game 28-28 at the end of regulation play and forcing the game into overtime, the host St. John-Hudson junior high girls varsity basketball team just couldn't come up with any additional points in those final minutes and lost a tough one to the Kiowa County Mavericks 28-31 in a very exciting match-up last Tuesday.


Tara Nelson led the scoring in the first quarter, making three baskets and a free throw. Torre Fisher and McKayla Devine did the rest.


The game stayed close throughout the second quarter even though the Tigers went into a scoring drought and made just two points. Kiowa County took a 11-13 half-time lead going into the locker room. The offensive rebounding for the Mavericks made the difference with several second attempts shooting over the Tigers' heads.


All three St. John scores were layups in the third quarter, with Fisher and Ramsey McVey doing all the damage, the score moving on into the final period had the Tigers down by four 17-21.


The last quarter was a little unusual.


After a Devine basket and down at Kiowa County's end of the court, the officials call at Technical foul on the Mavericks which brought St. John's Fisher to the charity stripe. She made one of the two free throw attempts.


From then on the game was staying close. With the minutes and seconds counting off, both team's coaches, St. John's head coach Nick Garcia and Claire Mullender, Kiowa County's head coach - all took their share of time-outs. At least five were called (and possibly six).


With 1:54 left on the board , the Tigers were down by two 25-27. Then St. John out-scored the Mavericks 3-1, tying the game at 28-28. After two more time-outs, neither team was able to take the win and the game went into overtime.


During that fourth quarter Devine led the scoring, making a 3-pointer and two 2-pointers. Fisher made a basket and a free throw while Nelson went one of two at the free throw line.


Like in the second quarter, the Lady Tigers went stone cold in the overtime, not being able to score, while the Mavericks did, making three points. The final score in Kiowa County's favor 28-31


Scoring for the Tigers: Devine 11, Fisher 9, Nelson 6, McVey 2.


Free throws: Nelson 2, Fisher 1. The Tigers went 3/9 for 33.3 percent.


St. John's assistant coach is Kurt Fairchild.

 

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