Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Festus Tigers Girls Varsity Basketball team bounced back from their loss to Union with a 40-32 win over the De Soto Dragons on Thursday. With the win, the Tigers avenged their loss to the Dragons earlier this season.
Before the loss to Union, Festus was on a four-game win streak and taking steps in the right direction to turn their season around. This game proved that loss was just a bump in the road.
The pace of this game took a while to pick up, as both teams started slow and struggled to score early. The Tigers held a narrow edge at the end of the first and outscored the Dragons 5-4.
The scoring ramped up in the second quarter though as Festus rallied and scored 13 points to extend their lead. De Soto mustered up 10 points but trailed the Tigers 18-14 at the end of the half.
The two sides continued to battle in the second half. Festus added 13 more points to their total in the third and clung to their lead. De Soto was right on their heels with 12 points in the quarter and trailed by just five heading into the final eight minutes. Festus then kept the Dragons at a distance in the fourth and outscored them yet again. The Tigers secured the 40-32 victory and improved their record to 6-6.
“We just came out knowing that we needed this win,” Emily Holt said. “We moved the ball well and didn’t try to force any passes. I feel like our defense definitely helped us in this game. We denied the ball which caused them to fumble the ball around several times.”
Josie Allen led the team with 15 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Holt was just behind with 14 points, and shared the team lead with eight rebounds as well. Taylor Thompson contributed six points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lily Knickman had four points and grabbed five rebounds.
“We stepped up big on the defensive side of things last night,” Allen said. “I definitely think that’s what helped us get the win.”
The Tiger’s defensive effort helped pull their record back to .500. Festus has won five of their last six games and continue to improve as the season progresses.
Next up for the Tigers are the Fox Warriors, and those two clubs will lace ’em up on Monday, Feb. 1.