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Lady Indians Play Well in Semi-Final Loss

The Lady Indians lost to a good Golden Plains team in the semi-final game of the Brewster Sagebrush Tournament. The Lady Indians played very competitively, but lost 44-53. The Lady Indians will now play Logan in the third place contest on Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the North Gym at Brewster High School. Hanna Bracelin also qualified for the finals in the free-throw shooting contest connecting on 21 of 25 in the qualifying round. The finals will be held on Saturday evening.

Golden Plains (GP) scored the first 4 points of the contest getting an early free-throw and a right-wing trey from KayCee Miller. Hanna Bracelin answered with back-to-back treys on assists from Lauren Johnson; the second coming after a nice steal by Zoe Sundstrom. After a GP score on an offensive rebound, Bracelin swished her third trey of the game on an assist by Emileigh Dinkel. Madi Tice's assist led to another trey, this one by Dinkel from the right wing. The Lady Indians were on fire! Bracelin's free throw increased the Lady Indian lead to 13-6. The Lady Bulldogs continued to work hard defensively, and soon converted a Lady Indian turnover into a score by Miller. Free-throws by Lindsey Johnson and GP's Kaylie Schaben (5' 10" Jr) closed the quarter. St. Francis led 14-10 after one period of play.

Golden Plains scored the first four points of the second period tying the game at 14-all at 5:50. Another right-wing  trey, the second by Emileigh Dinkel (assist Lauren Johnson) kept the Lady Indians from relinquishing the lead, at least for the moment. Madi Tice followed with a free-throw (18-14). Then it was the Lady Bulldogs turn to strike from long-distance. Back-to-back treys, one by KayCee Miller and one by Gabrielle Schiltz, gave Golden Plains their first lead of the game (18-17) and triggered a St. Francis time-out at 3:30.  The Lady Bulldogs extended their advantage to 18-29 earning a succession of free-throws and scores from the block. Several of the scores came after Lady Indian turnovers. The 15-point Golden Plains run was finally halted by a right elbow basket by a Lindsey Johnson at the buzzer (assist Taighe Weeter).  St. Francis trailed 20-29 at halftime.

Zoe Sundstrom scored the opening basket of the second half, but picked up her fourth foul 35 seconds into the action. Kaycee Miller followed with a trey from the left wing extending the deficit to double-digits (22-32) for the first time. Lauren Johnson answered with a trey from the top-of-the circle (assist Hanna Bracelin). After an out-of-bounds play score by Taighe Weeter (assist Karly Bandel), Golden Plains returned the deficit to 10 points (27-37@ 4:35) on a free-throw and a turnover-two by Miller. Reagan Beims' free-throw preceded a GP score from the block increasing the lead to 11. An assist by Lauren Johnson led to a Weeter score in the lane, but Mabel Lugo (5' 8" Fr.) drained at 3-ball from the top-of-the-key (30-42) in response. Lindsey Johnson's deuce returned the deficit to 10 points, and Bracelin's assist on a right corner shot by Taighe Weeter moved the scoreboard to 34-42 giving the Lady Indians a much needed boost. Kaylie Schaben (5' 10" Jr.) added an old-fashioned three-point play on an out-of-bounds play to close the period. St. Francis trailed 34-45 after three quarters. 

A deuce from the left-wing by Lady Bulldogs opened the final period. Hanna Bracelin answered from the post, but  turnovers soon led to scores by Miller, Lugo, and Schiltz. The Lady Bulldogs now held a 36-52 advantage. Lauren Johnson's assist found Emileigh Dinkel for a left-wing trey giving the Lady Indians a much need basket. The score triggered a GP time-out at 2:51. Johnson's next assist led to a Taighe Weeter left-wing score and another GP time-out. Karly Bandel swished a deep-trey that trimmed the deficit to 44-52, but the Lady Indians would get no closer. St. Francis lost to Golden Plains 44-53. The Lady Indians had competed well, but a series of turnovers had led to empty possessions and resulted in a semi-final loss.

Golden Plains' KayCee Miller (5' 7" So.) led all scorers with 21 points. Gabrielle Schiltz (5' 8" Sr.) added 12 to the Lady Bulldogs point total. The Lady Dogs made 13 of 23 from the free-throw line.

St. Francis was led by Hanna Bracelin with 12 points (10 in 1st qtr.) and Emileigh Dinkel with 9. Others scoring for the Lady Indians were Taighe Weeter 8 (6 in 3rd qtr.), Lindsey Johnson 5, Lauren Johnson 3, Karly Bandel 3, Zoe Sundstrom 2, Madi Tice 1, and Reagan Beims 1. The Lady Indians made 4 of 11 from the line. St. Francis connected on 8 threes and 8 2-point baskets.

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