The Festus Girls Varsity Basketball team has had a tough couple of games. They got stomped 50-20 by Perryville last week and then lost a tough battle with Herculaneum, where they found themselves on the losing end 48-43. The loss was their second straight and dropped their record to 5-3 on the season.
The game started out well for the Tigers, with Josie Allen scoring half of the 12 first-quarter points. The Tigers were able to hold the Blackcats to just eight and took a four point lead into the second.
Herky would fire back though. They had their highest scoring quarter of the game with 17, and Festus was only able to muster 11, despite seven points from Mya Courtois. That stumble would set the stage for a difficult second half with the Tigers down 25-23 at the break.
The ladies of Festus were ready to grind after the locker room speeches though, and managed to gut out the third quarter 11-10. That cut the lead to one, but it would be tough sledding the rest of the way. A big three and seven point from Courtois was the highlight of the frame, but it wasn’t enough.
The Tigers had momentum in their favor, and with a full tank of gas, they managed to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. But Herky wouldn’t be denied, and they stormed right back and put the Tigers in a sleeper hold to close this one out. Allen did her best with seven points in the fourth, but the offensive front from the Blackcats was just too much to withstand.
Herky wound up on top with a 48-43 victory. After the dust settled, both teams found themselves with a 5-3 records.
Courtois led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points and shot 7-of-11 from the floor, while Allen had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Delaney Schmitt was the leading distributor with six assists, and defensively Elizabeth Skaggs added six points and eight rebounds. Jersey Latham grabbed eight boards herself in a gutsy effort.
The Tigers will look to shake this one off and get out to a hot start next week in the Bob Sechrest Jr. Christmas Tournament in Park Hills.