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Lady Indians Down Lady Wolves

The Lady Indians swept the Idalia Lady Wolves in high school basketball on Friday, January 4, in St. Francis. The junior varsity opened the evening with an 18-2 two-quarter thrashing and the varsity Lady Indians followed with a 43-33 win.

St.Francis opened the junior varsity contest with a 7-0 run and did not allow Idalia to score in the second period. Jordan Faulkender opened the contest with an out-of-bounds play score. The second basket of the contest came on another out-of-bounds play after an assist from Mia Morrow to Emma Johnson. They were the only baskets scored until there was approximately two minutes left in the first period. Morrow then added a free-throw and McKenna Poling scored a post basket (assist Karly Bandel). With 1:25 left in the first period, Idalia scored their only basket of the contest, a break-away basket by Lucia Sanchez Prieto (Jr.). St. Francis led 7-2 at the first quarter break.

The second and final quarter belonged to the Lady Indians. Hannah Zimbal opened the period with a press-offense basket. Jordan Faulkender added a jumper near the free-throw line and a stick-back basket. Faulkender's third basket of the period came from the post after an assist by Mia Morrow. Morrow earned the final basket of the contest, a top-of-the-key trey. St. Francis defeated Idalia 18-2 in the two-quarter junior varsity girls game.

Scoring for St. Francis in the JV game were Jordan Faulkender 8, Mia Morrow 4, Emma Johnson 2, McKenna Poling 2, and Hannah Zimbal 2. 

Getting a driving basket and a top-of-the key trey (assist Lindsey Johnson) from Lauren Johnson the Lady Indians jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the varsity contest. Idalia's Camren Morris (Fr.) then earned two free-throws and a turnover-two by Adriana Herrera (Fr.) pulled the Lady Wolves with in (5-4). After a pair of free-throws by Emma Johnson, Herrera chipped in a free-throw. Idalia called time-out at 4:31 trailing 7-5. Emma Johnson drained a left-wing trey after an assist by Lauren Johnson, and then Maddisen Hoyda (Sr.) swished 2 of 3 from the stripe. St. Francis then committed a turnover, but Lauren Johnson drew a charge on a driving Lady Wolf to end the possession. A right-wing trey by Megan Waitman (Sr.) tied the contest at 10-all, and St. Francis called time-out at 1:54. After returning to action, Lauren Johnson scored from the left wing. Idalia's Waitman tied the game at 12-all in the final moments of the first period.

Adriana Herrera scored all six of the points Idalia would earn in the second period. Herrera opened the quarter with back-to-back baskets; one coming on a fast-break and one on a shot in the lane. Jordan Faulkender added a free-throw and Emma Johnson a right-wing trey to tie the contest at 16-all. Herrera followed with another score in the lane giving Idalia a 16-18 advantage. The remainder of the period belonged to St. Francis. Karly Bandel added two free-throws to tie the game, and St. Francis took a time-out at 2:43. After the time-out, the Lady Indians added a right-wing trey and baseline jumper by E. Johnson, and then Lindsey Johnson earned a steal and turned it into an assist on a shot by Bandel. The flurry ended the half with St. Francis leading 25-18.

The teams would battle closely throughout the remainder of the contest. Hannah Zimbal opened the third period with a free-throw, but Idalia's Maddisen Hoyda answered with a post basket. Lauren Johnson's free-throw was soon followed by an Idalia time-out at 3:15. Baskets were hard to come by, but the scoring picked up as the quarter wound down. Jordan Faulkender's assist led to a top-of-the-key trey by Lauren Johnson. Hoyda answered with a left-corner trey for the Lady Wolves. Faulkender's stick-back basket closed the third period. St. Francis led 32-23 after three quarters of action.

Hannah Zimbal scored on press-offense on an assist from Lindsey Johnson to open the final period. Camren Morris scored on press-offense at the opposite goal moments later. St. Francis earned an 11-point lead (36-25) on an out-of-bounds play basket by Lauren Johnson (assist Karly Bandel). At 4:08, St. Francis took another time-out. A left-corner trey by Hoyda narrowed the margin to 8, and at 2:55, Idalia used their third time-out. On the next possession, Jordan Faulkender earned an offensive rebound basket. Lauren Johnson then added a trey from the top-of-the-key to extend the lead to 41-28. Idalia's Kylie Wingfield (Fr.) drained a left-wing trey, and Idalia called time-out with 37 seconds remaining. An exchange of free-throws by Karly Bandel and Breann Shaffer (Sr.) accounted for the remainder of the scoring. St. Francis defeated Idalia 43-33 in the varsity girls game.

St. Francis was led in scoring by Lauren Johnson with 16 points. Emma Johnson added 13. Other Lady Indians contributing to the scoring total were Karly Bandel 6, Jordan Faulkender 5 and Hannah Zimbal 3. The Lady Indians made 9 of 20 from the stripe, committed 9 fouls, and had 16 turnovers.

Idalia was led in scoring by senior Maddison Hoyda with 10 points. Adriana Herrea added 9. Four other Wolves contributed to the scoring. Idalia made 7 of 11 from the line, had 13 turnovers, and committed 15 fouls.

St. Francis will play Weskan, in St. Francis, on Tuesday, January 8th.

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