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Girls Split Games With TPB

The Lady Indians split their games with Triplains-Brewster on Tuesday, February 7, In games held in St. Francis, the junior varsity girls defeated the Lady Titans 34-1 in a 2-quarter contest. The varsity Lady Indians were out-shot by Triplains-Brewster (TPB) losing 46-56.

The junior varsity contest was a total mismatch. St. Francis jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 34-1 victory. The Lady Indians looked sharp on offense and played aggressively on defense dominating the game. Lindsey Johnson opened the contest with an old-fashioned 3-point play and a score from the right-baseline giving the Lady Indians a 5-0 lead. Lauren Johnson followed with a top-of-the-key trey. After two free-throws by Lindsey, Mallory Mills added a steal-two. The final points of the quarter came on a score from the post by Emileigh Dinkel (assist Karly Bandel). St. Francis led 14-0 after one period of play.

Emileigh Dinkel continued the run with an offensive rebound basket to begin the second and final period. Taighe Weeter's assist then set up a right-wing trey by Madi Tice. Triplains-Brewster finally got on the scoreboard with 6:05 left in the contest when the Lady Titans' Madison Carter (5' 10" freshman) converted one-of-two from the line (19-1). With everyone on the St. Francis team seeing plenty of playing time, the onslaught continued. Alondra Gomez drained a left-wing trey, Tice scored on a drive, and Gomez added another basket after a steal and assist by Hannah Zimbal. Zimbal's next assist resulted in another score by Mallory Mills. Gomez had assists on the final two Lady Indian baskets; an out-of-bounds play score by Zimbal and a post score by Lindsey Johnson. St. Francis easily won the junior varsity contest, 34-1.

Scoring for the Lady Indians in the contest were: Lindsey Johnson 9, Madi Tice 7, Alondra Gomez 5, Mallory Mills 4, Emileigh Dinkel 4, Lauren Johnson 3, and Hannah Zimbal 2.

Triplains-Brewster controlled the varsity game with superior ball-handling and shooting. Though the Lady Indians did not commit a high number of turnovers against the Lady Titans, the Lady Indians struggled to get the ball in the basket. Several times in the contest the Lady Indians had good looks at the basket, but missed multiple shots during a single trip down the court. Taighe Weeter opened the game with consecutive free-throws. TPB followed with back-to-back baskets by Maia Carter (5' 10 junior) and Katie Hillery (5' 7" junior). An assist by Reagan Beims to Hanna Bracelin on an out-of-bounds play tied the contest at 4-all. Carter followed with another post score and would continue to dominate near the basket as the game continued. After two Beims free-throws, Carter struck again. Taighe Weeter added a stick-back basket again tying the contest (8-8). After a free-throw by Hillery, Beims added a driving score giving St. Francis their first lead since the opening free-throws (10-9). It would be the last lead the Lady Indians would possess. Another Carter post basket preceded a free-throw by Lauren Johnson. TBP scored the final basket of the period on a drive by Maddie Lamb (5' 7" senior). The Lady Indians trailed 11-13 after one quarter of play.

TBP opened the second period with consecutive baskets by Hillery. Taighe Weeter answered with back-to-back baskets for the Lady Indians. A left-corner trey by Lamb gave TPB a 15-20 lead. An assist by Lauren Johnson led to a left-elbow score by Hanna Bracelin, but Lamb answered with another trey (17-23). After two Weeter free-throws, Carter scored twice; once from the post and once on press offense, extending the lead to eight (19-27). St. Francis called time-out and returned to the floor to earn an offensive rebound basket by Zoe Sundstrom. With 50 seconds left in the half, TPB's Taryn Stramel (5' 8" junior) drained a trey extending the lead to nine (21-30). Weeter closed the half with a left wing deuce; totaling 8 points in the quarter. St. Francis trailed at halftime, 23-30.

The deficit grew to double-digits when Stramel drained another trey to open the second half. Lauren Johnson added a free-throw, but TPB followed with baskets by Carter (press offense) and Stramel (trey). The deficit was now 24-38. Lamb sandwiched a left-corner shot in between scores by Hanna Bracelin (lett-wing, assist Taighe Weeter) and Lindsey Johnson (right-corner). The Lady Indians only managed to score 5 points in the quarter, and the deficit had grown to 28-41.

St. Francis opened the final period with scores by Karly Bandel and Lauren Johnson trimming the margin to nine (32-41). After a time-out, TPB answered with two deuces and a trey increasing the margin to 32-48. The Lady Indians began to find the basket with more regularity in the final four minutes, but the deficit was to large to overcome. The Lady Indians scored 14 points in the final four minutes, but could not get closer than the final margin of 46-56.

Triplains-Brewster had four girls score in double-figures:  Maia Carter 17, Maddie Lamb 14, Taryn Stramel 12, and Katie Hillery 11. The Lady Titans made 3 of 6 from the line.

St. Francis had eight players score. Taighe Weeter led St. Francis with 14 points. Hanna Bracelin added 10. Other Lady Indians scoring included Lauren Johnson 6, Karly Bandel 5, Reagan Beims 5, Emileigh Dinkel 2, Lindsey Johnson 2, and Zoe Sundstrom 2. The Lady Indians converted 13 of 19 from the stripe.

St. Francis will play Decatur Community on Friday, February 10, in Oberlin.

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