The Tiger gals and guys from St. John-Hudson won their league game at La Crosse Tuesday night with the Lady Tigers having an easier path to victory, defeating the Lady Leopards 74-22, while the Tiger men had to work for it, or at least in the first half, winning their game 53-22.
Except for a few turnovers and fouls, the #3 ranked Lady Tigers' defense came close to having a perfect first half, creating 22 La Crosse turnovers and allowing the Leopards just two baskets. St. John led at half-time 38-7.
The Tigers out-shot the Leopards 30-1 in the third quarter with St. John head coach Danny
Smith substituting freely, as he did in the first half. Smith took out his starters early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers winning the game 74-22.
On offense, St. John canned nine from beyond the arc, with junior Tia Smith having the hot hands, canning four 3-pointers, and fellow juniors Jamie Waters and Jessica Hanson each getting two. Senior Morgan Osborne had St. John's other three.
Scoring for St. John: Waters 22, Teresa Christie 14, Smith 12, Alexis Witt 10, Hanson 8, Osborne 4, Tara Christie 4.
3-point shots: 9 (Smith 4, Waters 2, Hanson 2, Osborne 1).
St. John made 58 percent of their field goals.
Turnovers: St. John 9 - La Crosse 37.
In the men's game, the #1 in 1A (div. I) St. John Tigers came up against much stiffer competition than the St. John Ladies faced. And while the Tigers had just seven first quarter points with Zuriel Reyes and Dean Wade doing all the scoring, the Leopards were fouling, which would eventually plague them in the second half.
The Tigers led by ten for much of the second quarter until La Crosse made a buzzer-beater along the baseline, taking the Tigers into the locker room leading 23-15.
From then on it was all St. John, especially from the start of the half until 6:16 left in the fourth quarter, the Tigers allowing just one Leopard point while out-scoring La Crosse by 27 - the score with St. John leading 50-19 and winning another league game 53-22.
La Crosse made two baskets in the second half.
Normally one of the Tigers strengths is their 3-pooint shooting. But not in this game. St. John made 1-14.
Scoring for St. John: Wade 18, Nusser 14, Reyes 7, Ethan Long 6, Sisco Calleros 4, Gera Calleros 2, Jacob Milton 2.
Free throws: 14-22 for 64 percent - Nusser 7, Wade 4, Sisco Calleros 2, Reyes 1.
Turnovers: St. John 8 - La Crosse 19.
St. John made 62 percent of their 2-point shots.