On Friday night the Lady Tigers faced the Midway Vikings who earlier in the season defeated them in the conference tournament. In the first quarter the Lady Tigers took an early lead 14-12. In the second quarter Midway used their height advance to power the ball inside causing some foul trouble for the Lady Tigers and at the half found Rich Hill trailing 23-25. The Vikings in the third quarter were able to slightly gain more ground and lead 39-34. The fourth quarter it looked like the Tigers might not be able to close the gap with about one minute left in the fourth quarter found themselves trailing by 10. A hard press caused the Vikings to turn the ball over and the Lady Tigers were able to convert those into points and found themselves trailing by just 4 points with about thirty seconds left but Midway was able to break the press and get an easy bucket which killed the Tiger rally and thus leaving the Vikings with a 54-48 victory. Once again the girls played hard and their improvement has gotten noticed by many of their opponents. Lady Tigers play again on Tuesday night against the Appleton City Bulldogs. The Leading scorers for the Tigers were Allie Taylor with 18, Jordann Wheatley and Serena Duncan both had 7 and Taylor Brooks chipped in 6.
In the second contest of the Evening the JV boys took on the Vikings for the second time this year. In the previous meeting the Tigers gained the victory by 17 points at Midway. This time both teams came out evenly match and playing close the Tigers lead 13-9 and the end of one. In the second quarter the Boys kicked the offense into high gear by scoring 18 points and playing good defense and lead 31-11 at the half. In the second half the game was never in doubt and the bench got some much needed playing time as the Tigers pulled away winning the game 50-16. Ten different players scored for the Tigers lead by Brendon Ephland with 11 and Dalton Smarr with 8. The JV next plays on Monday night at home against Jayhawk Linn
The Varsity Boys improved their season record to 18-3 and their conference record to 3-0 with a 64-33 win on Court-warming Friday night.
The game was never in doubt as the Tigers jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead early in the first quarter. The Tigers kept the pressure up defensively which allowed helped them to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Tigers continued to pressure the Vikings into numerous mistakes. Rich Hill was able to extend their lead to 34-16 at the half. The 3rd quarter is where the Tigers made a big push to extend the lead outscoring the Vikings 24-11. Both benches played for a majority of the 4th quarter which had a running clock due to a lead of over 30 points. The Tigers will continue conference play this Tuesday when they visit the Appleton City Bulldogs.
RH 19 15 23 7
MD 8 8 11 6
Scoring: Blaine Robb 21, Jacob Thompson 18, Bryant Courter 9, Jacob Mumma 5, Dylan Smarr 5, Mark Kailbourn 2, Aadin Humble 2, Cole Heckadon 2