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Lady Indians Split with Lady Hornets

The Dighton Lady Hornets varsity team proved to be too strong for the Lady Indians on Friday, January 13. In games played in Dighton, the Hornets handed the Lady Indians a 35-53 loss. The junior varsity Lady Indians defeated the Lady Hornets 30-29.

In the varsity game, Dighton jumped out to a 0-5 lead on a turnover-two and right-corner trey by Sara Cramer (5' 5" senior). Hanna Bracelin put the Lady Indians on the board with a right-wing trey (assist Lauren Johnson). Jordan Speer (5' 11" senior) then added a stick-back basket. After a free-throw by Bracelin, Cramer scored from the left-wing maintaining the Lady Hornets early lead. Emileigh Dinkel's right-wing trey (assist Reagan Beims) pulled St. Francis within two (7-9), but then the Lady Hornets went on a 9-point run opening the margin much wider. Several of the Lady Hornets additional possessions came after Lady Indian turnovers. The Hornet run included a post basket by Speer and and three scores by Cramer (coast-to-coast, steal-two, and right-wing trey). Dinkel soon added a jumper from the left wing, but Speer followed with another post basket and a left-wing trey. It was apparent that the Lady Indians were going to have a difficult time containing Dighton's two outstanding seniors. St. Francis trailed 7-23 after one quarter of play.

Speer opened the second period two more scores (left-corner jumper & free-throw) extending the margin to 9-26. Hanna Bracelin followed with a left-wing trey for the Lady Indians, but Cramer and Speer answered with three more buckets moving the advantage to 20 points (12-32). A pair of free-throws by Emileigh Dinkel made the halftime score 14-32.

The Lady Hornets opened the third period with a 12-point run. Cramer and Speer each added at least one basket, but Dighton also received scores from Keradee O'Brien (5' 5" sophomore), Ella Roberts (5'10" freshman) and Gentry Shapland (5' 5" sophomore) during the outburst. At 3:01, the point-spread reached 30 (14-44) and St. Francis called their second time-out. After returning to the floor, the Lady Indians scored back-to-back baskets; a left-elbow jumper by Reagan Beims and a fast-break basket by Hanna Bracelin (assist Beims). Speer and Roberts each added baskets for Dighton to close the third period. The Lady Indians trailed 18-48.

The final period was played with a running clock and without the services of Dighton seniors Cramer and Speer. The Lady Indians nearly doubled their offensive output during the shortened final period, partly due to Reagan Beims catching fire. Lauren Johnson scored the first St. Francis basket of the period on a shot from the left wing (assist Madi Tice). Beims scored four of the Lady Indians next five baskets, including three treys, to trim the margin to 35-50. The other Lady Indian hoop was left-wing trey scored by Taighe Weeter. Ella Roberts closed the contest with an old-fashioned trey. St. Francis lost to a very good Dighton team 35-53.

Sara Cramer led all scorers with 22 points. Jordan Speer scored 18 and Ella Roberts 9 (all in the 2nd half) to lead the Lady Hornets. Dighton made 2 of the 3 free-throws they attempted. The Lady Hornets were whistled for 12 fouls.

St. Francis was led in scoring by Reagan Beims with 16 points. Hanna Bracelin and Emileigh Dinkel each added 7. Taighe Weeter (3) and Lauren Johnson (2) also added to the Lady Indians' point total. St. Francis made 4 of 5 from the stripe and committed 9 fouls.

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