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Jr. High girls play in NWKL league tourney

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The Jr. High girls A team placed 3rd in the NWKL tourney, l-to-r (top row) are coach Jordan Stewart, Jerusalen Valenzuela, Jadyn Mangan, Jadence Stewart, Taittum Bain, coach Monica Slattery, (bottom row) Brookllin Moritz, Annabelle Schneider, Hailey Nolan, and Maggi Votruba.

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The Jr. High girls A team placed 3rd in the NWKL tourney, l-to-r (top row) are coach Jordan Stewart, Jerusalen Valenzuela, Jadyn Mangan, Jadence Stewart, Taittum Bain, coach Monica Slattery, (bottom row) Brookllin Moritz, Annabelle Schneider, Hailey Nolan, and Maggi Votruba.

 The Tribune JR. High girls played in the NWKL tournament held this past week on Thursday and Saturday at St. Francis.
 The Tribune A team won their first game with Oberlin 25-12, lost the second game to Atwood 15-29, and won third place with a 31-14 win over St. Francis.
  The Tribune Jr. High B girls lost their first game with Sharon Springs 37-11.
 “We have had a successful season so far with a record of 7-2 which earned us the #3 seed at our league tournament,” remarked Tribune coach Jordan Stewart. “The girls were confident and ready to play as we took on Oberlin. 
 “We came out flat in the first half. Offensively, we weren’t clicking and they were knocking down shots. In the 2nd half, we played with more effort and like we wanted to win! Annabelle Schneider played well on both ends and hit some big shots for us. Jadyn Mangan was also able to contribute for us offensively to get us the win. Brooklin Moritz came in and gave the team fire, energy, and always plays with so much effort! I was very proud of them for stepping up and playing their game the 2nd half! 
 “The Lady Jackrabbits made it past the first round of the tournament for the first time since joining this league and have a winning record. They have worked very hard to accomplish this and have a desire to win and compete! 
 “We faced a very tough Atwood team Saturday morning to get to the championship game. Defensively, I felt we played very well. We only allowed 29 points and most of them were from 2nd chance opportunities. Rebounding was key and we didn’t do that well. Atwood plays a good 1-3-1 defense and although we had worked on our offensive plan, they still took us out of our game. We did not get many shot attempts and when we did we weren’t able to make them. The girls played hard and with lots of effort but just weren’t able to get the win. 
 “Immediately following, we played St. Francis for 3rd place. We came out playing hard and aggressive on both ends of the floor. Jadence Stewart did a great job as point, pushing the ball aggressively. We have done much better breaking a press and hopefully we continue to do so. Taittum Bain also was able to get some offensive rebounds and put backs. Jerusalen Valenzuela and Brooklin Moritz played very hard on the defensive end and helped create a lot of turnovers. Overall, we played hard and lots of players contributed in all aspects of the game!  
 “I am very proud of this team, we have came a long ways and we’re able to grab 3rd place! Way to go girls! Keep getting better everyday!!”
The JH B girls faced Sharon Springs in the first round of the League Tournament. 
“Sharon’s pressure forced a lot of turnovers and led to them getting out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter,” remarked Tribune B girl’s coach Monica Slattery.  “The second quarter was a lot like the first, but Addy Kennedy was able to get 2 points on the board for us going into halftime. In the third quarter, our defense was able to slow them down, but we still couldn’t get ourselves out of the early hole that we dug ourselves in. Mia Reynolds was able to score 3 points in the quarter but we were down 31-5. 
“Our fourth quarter was our best quarter of the night. We were able to create some turnovers that led to us getting quick shots. Mia scored 4 and Shaydan Howell scored 2. We tied Sharon 6-6 in the fourth quarter, with a final score of 37-11. 
“Sharon’s pressure was too much for us to handle and it led to a lot of easy baskets for them. We got better as the game went on, which showed the resiliency and fight that the girls have. They never gave up. Zoey Shivers was able to get several 50-50 balls and showed great hustle throughout the game. We were able to get a lot of help out of our bench players. Shaydan played extremely hard and did a lot of great things that don’t show up in the stat sheet. Zoe Myers and Bryleigh Nix played the most B team minutes they have all year and made the most out of their opportunity. Zoe was able to pull down 4 rebounds and Bryleigh has grown a lot in her knowledge of the game and awareness on the court. 
“Despite the loss, I was very happy with our effort and how we finished the game.”

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