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Lady Tigers maul Kinsley's Coyotes
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Barry Ragan is a girls sports contributor for the St. John News. He covers volleyball, basketball, track and various other sports in the south central Kansas.
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St. John's Teresa Christie (33) takes a practice shot before the Kinsley game. She was game high scorer with 23 points. Also pictured are Ash Fisher (11) and Maddy Lippoldt (22).
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St. John's Teresa Christie (33) takes a practice shot before the Kinsley game. She was game high scorer with 23 points. Also pictured are Ash Fisher (11) and Maddy Lippoldt (22).
By Barry Ragan
Jan. 8, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Coming back from a long Christmas break, the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers were ready and easily defeated the Kinsley Coyotes 61-23 at Kinsley Tuesday evening. Both on offense and defense the Tigers showed that they were ready and played a spirited game with a lot of hustle throw in.
The first quarter for the 5-2 Lady Tigers couldn't have gotten much better starting out, the Tigers quickly taking a commanding lead.
“We played very well tonight, especially since it was right after break” said St. John's Teresa Christie. “We ran the floor very well and started to make outside shots which is very good. We just need to keep pushing to get better.”
A combination of St. John's height, quickness and experience inside doomed the Lady Coyotes from the start considering that St. John made their first five baskets, most if not all of them in the paint.
The Tigers' defense played heads-up ball playing man-to-man and forcing 11 Kinsley turnovers in the quarter while the Lady Tigers committed just one.
St. John's big man Teresa Christie had one of the best quarters of her high school career snagging six baskets and making one free throw. The Tigers other big man Alexis Witt made two baskets. Others scoring were Tara Christie with a basket and Ash Fisher going 2-2 from the free throw line.
The score after one quarter had the Tigers leading 21-4.
In the second quarter, while the Coyotes were playing a zone on the outside, inside they had a man on Teresa Christie the whole time, Christie making two baskets. Witt made a basket.
With the traffic getting close around Christie, St. John's guards took up the slack with Jessica Hanson canning a 3-pointer. Fisher made two baskets and Maddy Lippoldt and Tara Christie each made a basket.
For the half, the Coyotes made just two baskets and five free throws, having a disastrous time behind the free throw line. Kinsley had 17 turnovers to St. John's three.
Going into the half the Tigers had a 38-9 lead.
“We practiced hard all Christmas break and it's starting to pay off” said Fisher. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us.”
The Tigers allowed just four points with seconds left on the clock in the third quarter when the Coyotes made a long 3-pointer, the Lady Tigers going into the last quarter leading 51-16.
Witt led the scoring making three baskets and a free throw. Teresa Christie made two baskets and Lippoldt one basket.
St. John's Tia Smith led the scoring in the fourth quarter with two 3-pointers and going 2-2 from the free throw line. Teresa Christie made the other score, her 23rd point.
For the game, Kinsley had 26 turnovers to the Tigers' seven. Many of Kinsley's turnovers came from Tiger traps on the side, or St. John anticipating a Kinsley pass, intercepting it and quickly going down court for the layup.
The Coyotes did press the Tigers in the second half but it had little affect, the Tigers quickly throwing to mid-court then tossing to the open man heading for the basket for the open layup.
Scoring for St. John: Teresa Christie 23, Witt 11, Smith 8, Fisher 6, Hanson 5, Lippoldt 4, Tara Christie 4.
Free throws made: 6/9 – Smith 2/2, Fisher 2/2, Witt 1/2, Teresa Christie 1/3.
Three point goals: 3 (Smith 2, Jessica Hanson 1).
The Lady Tigers will play the Ness City Eagles this Friday at Ness. Games will start at 5 pm. No JV girls game.

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