The Varsity Girls team out of Festus kept up their stellar play this week with a win in their lone game to jump to 4-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers dusted Northwest Cedar Hill 62-37 on Thursday, and this young roster is gaining confidence with every game.
Five of the eight players that get regular minutes are Freshmen and Sophomores, and that formula is working exceedingly well as the season progresses. Head Coach Steve McFarland beamed when he said, “We are growing every time we take the floor.”
In the game against Cedar Hill, the Tigers started out a little tepid with 12 points in the opening quarter, but were helped by seven from Ciara McDonald and a big three from Delaney Schmitt. The defense did well to box out the Lions and hold them to just nine points.
Festus really poured it on in the second, as they dropped 18 on Cedar Hill and held them to 14 for a 30-23 lead at the halftime buzzer. The second half is where they really broke it open though.
The Tigers were charged up after the locker room speech and put up 22 points in the third quarter, while holding the Lions to a mere five. Big makes from downtown by Schmitt and Josie Allen (who was playing through an illness Michael Jordan-style) and six points from McDonald fueled the scoring barrage.
The final quarter was less eventful, as Festus put up 10 points on offense, but the defense stayed rock-solid for the remainder of the game, holding the Lions to nine in the fourth and just 14 for the half. The Tigers cruised to their fourth win with the 62-37 victory.
McDonald led the way with 19 points and hit 9/10 from the free-throw line, while grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. Jersey Latham was huge on the boards with 12 rebounds and had seven points and seven steals to boot.
Allen, gutting through in this one, had seven points, four assists and four steals in limited playing time. She was helped by Mya Courtois and her eight points, and Schmitt, who hit both of her shots from three-point range.
As team the Tigers grabbed 37 rebounds and had a ridiculous 22 steals. Coach McFarland commented on the game, saying, “Offensively we started out cold the first quarter, but heated up as the game progressed. We put nine players in the scoring column. We only had 2 first half turnovers and 11 for the entire game.”
A pretty dominant win for such a young roster. This could be a special season for the Tigers.
They travel on 12/12 to take on Windsor in their next challenge.