Really don't know what happened to the #5 ranked in 1A (Div.I) St. John-Hudson girls basketball team last Tuesday when they played Central Plains at Claflin. It was almost like two different teams showing up - one a very apprehensive, scared looking bunch playing the entire first half making 18 tournovers, most coming off poor passing. And the another, looking confident, task-driven and ready to knock heads with the Oilers in the second half.
St. John went from four down at halftime 16-20, then outscored Central Plains 36-18, winning the game 48-36 and increasing the Lady Tigers record to 5-0.
Did I mention that Central Plains is ranked #5 in 2A?
A combination of putting a lot more defensive pressure on the Oilers, adjusting to their half-court zone and finding Central Plains' weak spot underneath got the win.
It became evident during the third quarter that St. John's game plan was to work the ball inside to their big men Teresa Christie and Alexis Witt for the high percentage shot. Christie did a good job of maneuvering around Central's six footer and getting into position for the good shot underneath. When she didn't make the shot, she was usually fouled, making a career high 24 points, most of them coming from the free throw line 16-19. Witt had 6 points. Together they made almost two-thirds of the Tigers points.
The #1 ranked in 1A (Div. I) St. John-Hudson boys knocked off a good Central Plains team 57-40 to stay undefeated going 5-0. St. John's Spenser Nusser was almost unstoppable underneath, scoring 27 points.
The Tigerrs next competition will be this Friday when they take on the Cunningham Wildcats at St. John.
For more coverage of both games, be sure to read next week's edition of The St. John News.