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Lady Tigers take it on the chin/ lose to Central Plains
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The St. John Lady Tigers won two straight games to win Larned's consolation bracket final.
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The St. John Lady Tigers won two straight games to win Larned's consolation bracket final.
By Barry Ragan
Dec. 19, 2013 10:07 a.m.

Things started out on an even keel in the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers basketball game at home against the 9th ranked Central Plains Oilers on Tuesday, but changed in the second quarter as just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and forced the Lady Tigers to play catch-up ball in the last half, losing to the Oilers 30-49.
St. John faced a man-to-man defense from the Oilers starting out and that did cause some problems, but strong outside shooting from St. John's guards Jessica Hanson,Tia Smith and Maddy Lippoldt along with Teresa Christie's play inside kept the game in check with the Tigers leading after one quarter 14-11.
Hanson and Smith both made 3-pointers. Hanson made another basket and Lippoldt a long 2-pointer. St. John's big man 5'10” Teresa Christie made two baskets inside.
Most of the Oilers' scoring came from the left side - their players going down on the fast break and then at the last moment throwing to the open man outside on the left for the shot, or in half-court play, Central Plains setting the screen underneath, their player coming through then taking the shot.
Foul trouble and too many turnovers plagued the Tigers in the second quarter. Teresa Christie made St. John's first basket with 3:36 left on the clock and made one more in the quarter. Jessica Hanson still had the hot hand by canning her second 3-pointer, the score going into the half with the Oilers leading 21-34.
Central Plains started using the zone after half-time and scoring was low on both sides with good defense at the forefront, both teams making six points. Teresa Christie made her 10th and 12th point while Lippoldt made her second basket, the Central Plains' lead staying the same at 13, 27-40.
In the final quarter St. John's senior guard Jessica Hanson continued making the long three and scored the Tigers' only points for the quarter.
Central Plains won the game 30 – 49.
Scoring for St. John: Teresa Christie 12, Jessica Hanson 11, Lippoldt 4, Smith 3.
Three point goals: 4 (Jessica Hanson 3, Smith 1).
The Lady Tigers went to the free throw line just once, going 0/1.
The Lady Tigers next game with be at Cunningham this Friday. Games start at 4 pm.

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