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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Lady Aces beat St. John's in OT

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  • By Globe Sports Staff
    HAYS —The Bucklin Lady Aces almost gave away their chance to continue their season Thursday afternoon after blowing a 11-point lead at halftime.
    However, they made up for their problems in the second half by shooting the ball almost flawlessly in overtime to record a 56-49 victory over Beloit St. John's in a Class 1A-Division II girls state quarterfinal contest.
    Morgan Hood and Janae Price scored 18 points apiece and Allyson Rudd added 15 as the Lady Aces (21-3) — who played in the Division I state tournament in Emporia last season — went 3-for-4 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
    St. John's made only three of its 11 shot attempts in overtime and didn't get to the line to have their season end with a 17-8 record. Brenna Eilert led St. John's with 24 points.
    Bucklin dominated on both ends of the floor in the first quarter, outscoring St. John's 17-4 after eight minutes of play. The Lady Aces led by as many as 15 points and shot 11-of-24 from the field on the way to a 26-15 halftime lead. St. John's made only five of its 20 field goal attempts and three of 10 free throws before intermission.
    St. John's came back in the second half by keeping Bucklin scoreless for five minutes in the third quarter to cut the margin down to five by the end of the stanza; and forced overtime when Eilert hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 43-43.
    The Lady Aces will play Golden Plains (21-3) in the semifinals  at 3 p.m. Friday. Golden Plains beat Wilson 57-37 in another first round contest.
    BELOIT ST. JOHN'S (49) — Hannah Smith 0-3 1-2 1, Hannah Eilert 0-0 1-2 1, Kellan Niewald 2-5 2-4 6, Brenna Ellert 11-24 1-4 24, Samantha Hollerich 3-6 0-0 7, Gabriel Smith 0-1 2-4 2, Anthonella Arthur 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Shellito 0-0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Walter 2-6 0-0 5, Ivy Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Bates 1-5 0-0 3, Chloe Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 70-16 49.
    BUCKLIN (56) — Caitlin Demoret 1-6 0-0 2, Janae Price 8-12 2-6 18, Morgan Hood 5-11 8-10 18, Charmayne Austin 0-2 0-2 0, Allyson Rudd 4-8 5-5 15, Haley Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Long 1-3 1-2 3, Haylie Pegelow 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 16-25  56.
    St. John's    4  11  10  18    6 — 49
    Bucklin      17    9    4  13  13 — 56
    Three-point baskets — St. John's 4 (B. Ellert 1, Hollerich 1, Walter 1, Bates 1), Bucklin 2 (Rudd 2). Rebounds — St. John's 29 (B. Ellert 8), Bucklin 34 (Hood 11). Assists — St. John's 4 (H. Ellert 3), Bucklin 7 (Demoret 3). Records — St. John's 17-8, Bucklin 21-3.

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