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St. John's Alexis Witt goes up for two points against Ness City last Friday.
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St. John's Alexis Witt goes up for two points against Ness City last Friday.
By Barry Ragan
Jan. 15, 2014 12:02 p.m.

The fur and feathers were flying Tuesday evening as the St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers battled the Ellinwood Eagles in all four quarters of a hard-fought defensive game, with the Lady Tigers losing a tough one at St. John 44-46.
St. John's deliberate offense and close man-to-man defense was matched up against Ellinwood's size inside, but especially from their shooting guard outside who burned the nets making four 10-12 foot jumpers in the first quarter. On the other hand, the Lady Tigers scoring was more spread out with Alexis Witt making two baskets, Tia Smith hitting a 3-pointer and Teresa and Tara Christie each making a basket.
After a few lead changes, the score at the end of one quarter had the Tigers down by one 11-12.
At one time the Lady Tigers were leading 22-16 in the second quarter, a lead that could have been greater, but St. John just could not hit a free throw and went 0-5.
The Tigers were ahead for most of the quarter and went into the locker room with a slim 22-21 lead.
St. John's 5'2” point guard Tia Smith (who had a good game against Ness City last week) had an even better one this game, making her second 3-pointer and had a layup fighting through the tall trees for the score. She also had a number of assists. Teresa Christie made two baskets (one of them from a good feed by Smith) and went 3-3 from the free throw line. Witt made one basket.
The score after three quarters had the teams tied 36-36.
The Tigers were ahead for most of the fourth quarter, leading after the first two time-outs 38-36, 41-38. The third time-out had the Tigers falling behind 41-43, but then tying the score a minute later 43-43.
With 19.8 seconds left on the clock the Tigers were down by one 44-45 and with the ball. St. John's head coach Danny Smith called a time-out. The Tigers played it in and went down court, going into their half-court offense and looked for the good shot. It was missed and rebounded by an Ellinwood player who was promptly fouled. She made her first free throw but missed the second.
Down by two 44-46 ,the Tigers quickly went down-court but couldn't score, the Eagles defeating the Lady Tigers in a barn-burner 44-46.
Smith made her third 3-pointer, Witt got a basket, Tara Christie went 2-2 shooting free throws and Teresa Christie made one free throw.
Scoring for St. John: Teresa Christie 14, Witt 12, Smith 11, Tara Christie 4, Maddy Lippoldt 3.
Free throws made: 8/20 40 percent – Teresa Christie 6/7, Tara Christie 2/4.
3-points goals made: 4 (Smith 3, Lippoldt 1).

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