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Lady Indians Earn Win Over Cheylin

The Lady Indians picked up another win on Tuesday, February 14, defeating the Cheylin Lady Cougars in McDonald. The Lady Indians held a narrow lead over the taller Lady Cougars in the first half and gradually stretched the margin to 50-33 by the final horn. The Lady Indians never trailed in the contest. There was no junior varsity contest.

It took a bit for either team to located the basket with the first score coming at the 5:40 mark of the first period when Hanna Bracelin scored on an offensive rebound. A steal and assist by Lauren Johnson set up a Taighe Weeter lay-up, and Zoe Sundstrom followed with a left wing score. The Lady Indians led 6-0 approximately halfway through the first period. Cheylin earned their first basket on a post move by Rachel Keltz. After a baseline jumper by Madi Tice, Keltz added an offensive rebound basket (plus one) trimming the margin to 8-5. Weeter scored a stick-back basket moments later. The final basket of the period was a left-wing trey by Arais Castillo. St.Francis led 10-8 after one period.

Hanna Bracelin opened the second period with a driving score. Jesie Frisbie soon answered for Cheylin on an out-of-bounds play lob. Lauren Johnson added a trey and Bracelin a free-throw to recover the early 6-point lead (16-10). Frisbie scored on a shot in the lane trimming the lead a bit, but a long deuce by Johnson moved the score to 18-12 at the halftime break.

The Lady Indians received two quick scores (trey and steal-two) by Taighe Weeter in the first minute of the third period increasing the lead to double-digits. A left-wing jumper by Lauren Johnson increased the lead to 25-12. Cheylin responded with a 9-2 run getting a stick-back basket, a post score, and a free-throw from Frisbie and a trey from Castillo. The run closed the gap to 27-19 and triggered a St. Francis time-out at 3:13. After returning to the floor, Cheylin earned an offensive rebound basket by Grace Sabatka trimming the margin to six (27-21). In the final minutes of the period, Hanna Bracelin scored from the left-wing and Lindsey Johnson added a shot from the left-elbow. St. Francis led 31-22 after three quarters of play.

Lindsey Johnson opened the final period with a nice post move basket, but the score was soon answered by another Castillo trey. A driving score by Taighe Weeter on the next SF possession returned the lead to ten points (35-25). A post basket by Hanna Bracelin and a drive by Karly Bandel were followed by a trey by Emileigh Dinkel (assist Lauren Johnson). The outburst moved the St. Francis advantage to 42-25. Bracelin squeezed a left-wing trey between two scores by Frisbie. The second Frisbie basket reduced the Lady Indian lead to 45-30 with 1:50 remaining. The Indians would receive scores from Weeter, Bracelin (assist Jylian Laten) and Laten (assist Weeter) in the final moments of the contest. Though the contest was marred by numerous turnovers (SF had 29 and Cheylin had more) and a bit of rough play, St. Francis defeated Cheylin 50-33 moving their season record to 9-9.

St. Francis was led in scoring by Hanna Bracelin with 16 points. Taighe Weeter added 12. Other Lady Indians scoring in the game included Lauren Johnson 7, Lindsey Johnson 4, Emileigh Dinkel 3, Karly Bandel 2, Madi Tice 2, Zoe Sundstrom 2, and Jylian Laten 2. The Lady Indians made 4 of 8 from the line.

Cheylin was led in scoring by Jesie Frisbie (5' 10" sophomore) with 13 points. Arais Castillo (5' 7" senior) and Rachel Keltz (6' 0" junior) added 9 points each. The Lady Cougars shot a dismal 4 of 16 from the stripe.

The Lady Indians will play Greeley County in Tribune on Friday, February 17.

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