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Lady Jackrabbits beat St. Francis; lose to Dighton

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The Lady Jackrabbits celebrate as they leave the floor after the win against St. Francis.

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The Lady Jackrabbits celebrate as they leave the floor after the win against St. Francis.

The Lady Jackrabbits beat the St Francis Indians 53-52 in a home game Friday, Feb. 17. The Tribune varsity girls lost to a ranked Dighton team 17-62 at home on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Tribune JV girls lost a 2-quarter game to Dighton 24-27, and lost a 2-quarter game to St Francis 8-17. Against Dighton the Tribune girls fell behind 1-17 in the first quarter and were never able to get their game going. Caela Ibarra made a first quarter free throw for Tribune’s only point. Hannah Brandl hit two from the field in the second period plus a free throw to go with a second free throw by Caela for a 7-42 score at the half. Hannah hit four in both the third and fourth period to lead the Tribune girls in scoring with 13 points. Caela scored 4. “Dighton is a very good team,” remarked Tribune coach Sherri Elder. “They are fast and play great defense. We had trouble getting anything going on offense.” The Tribune girls were able to shake off the loss and play a great game on Friday against St. Francis. Hannah, Irelyn and Caela all had good shooting nights. Caela led the first quarter scoring with 6 points; two from the field and two from the line. Irelyn had a 2 and a 3 from the field and Hannah also had 5 points with two field goals and a free throw as Tribune led 16-13 after one quarter of play. Hannah was 4 of 4 from the line in the 2nd quarter plus a field goal. Irelyn hit another 3 plus a 2 and Lauren Crotinger contributed a field goal. But St Francis came back with 16 second quarter points to tie the game at the half 29-29. In the 3rd quarter Irelyn hit another 3 and a 2 to lead the Jackrabbits to a 40-37 lead. In the final period Caela scored on an offensive rebound, Hannah scored from the lane, and Morgan hit a long 2, followed by two free throws by Hannah for a 48-39 lead at the 5-minute mark. Caela hit two more clutch baskets from the field but the Indians came back to make it 52-46 with 2 minutes remaining. An Indian 3-pointer made it 52-49 with 25 seconds remaining. Morgan hit the front end of a one-and-one to give Tribune a 4-point lead that was enough to win despite the Indian 3-pointer at the buzzer. “We played a very solid 4 quarters,” remarked Tribune coach Elder. “I was proud how we handled the pressure at the end of the game. It helps to have 3 girls in double digits as well. We need that to happen to continue to be successful from here on out.” Hannah scored 17 points, Irelyn 15 and Caela 14. Tribune will play Weskan at home on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and will play in the 1A Div II sub-state tournament from Feb. 28 to March 3rd in Tribune.
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