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Lady Tigers rebound to down Kaws and take fifth place

by Dennis Sharkey

The Jefferson West Lady Tigers have their first winning streak of the season and it came at a good time.

The Lady Tigers beat Perry-Lecompton 39-31 to take fifth place at the Jefferson County North Girls’ Tournament.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half and tough defense on both sides didn’t allow either team to get more than a four point advantage in the first half.

Jefferson West led 9-8 after the first quarter thanks to a 7-0 run. The Lady Kaws built an early 6-2 lead but the run put the Lady Tigers up 9-6. Megan Boleski hit a buzzer beater to end the first quarter and draw the Lady Kaws within one point.

The Lady Kaws quickly got the lead back 20 seconds into the second quarter. Turnovers on the Jefferson West side of the court allowed the Lady Kaws to claw to a one point lead heading into half time.

During the third quarter the Lady Tiger defense held down the Lady Kaws. Perry-Lecompton didn’t score a point until Taylor Fuller hit a basket with 15 seconds left in the quarter. The Lady Kaws went more than eight minutes without scoring.

“Defensively we did a good job of making them take shots we wanted,” Head Coach Steve Stallbaumer said. “They shot a lot of perimeter shots and we were out and contested everything and rebounded well and didn’t give them a lot of shots.”

Stallbaumer said his team controlled the second half by playing the game they wanted to.

“We did a nice job of handling their pressure,” he said. “We controlled the tempo much better, rebounded and hit some big shots.”

The Lady Kaws did not go away in the fourth quarter when the Lady Tigers tried pulling away. Natasha Carver hit a three-point basket at the 6:25 mark to pull the Lady Kaws back to within three points at 26-23 but that would be the closest the Lady Kaws would get to the Lady Tigers.

Halsten Coyle hit a three-point basket with 18 seconds left to make the score 35-31 but Jefferson West sophomore Erica Essman went to the line four times and hit all four shots.

The Lady Tigers were led by Monica Sanders with nine points followed by Katie Ricklefs with eight points and Essman with seven points.

Carver had six points for the Lady Kaws. Madison Hess, Taylor Akagi and Fuller each had four points for the Lady Kaws.

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