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Comets upset Lady Tigers-PHOTO GALLERY

    The varsity Lady Tigers’ basketball season came to an abrupt and unexpected end at the Class 3, District 9 tournament at School of the Osage last Friday. The top-seeded St. James girls, who were 24-2 coming into the game, fell to Osage in the championship game 66-54.

    The St. James girls fell behind in the first quarter 16-11, but regained a slim lead on a shot by Devin Fuhring and closed the half up 24-23. There were only two three-point shots from St. James in the first half. Three point field goals have become the staple for Lady Tigers.
    In the second half, Fatima continued to block the long shot opportunities and regained their intensity and drive, outscoring St. James in the third quarter by seven and in the fourth by five. The Lady Tigers came within four points in the fourth quarter and then the fouls hit double bonus and free-throws won the game for the Comets.
    Scoring for the Lady Tigers against Fatima Fuhring with 15, Ashlee Marlatt 13, Shauna Rinehart seven, Alexis Uffmann and Kenzie Guese six each, Amie Diestelkamp four and Hannah Perona three.
    St. James had a bye in the first round of districts and defeated Dixon in the second round 70-37.
    “The St. James Lady Tigers got off to a fast start in (the) district semifinal game at School of the Osage against the Dixon Lady Bulldogs,” Coach Terry Wells said. “The pace was fast and the shooting was hot right from the get go…and the Bulldogs just had trouble running with the Tigers.’
    After the first quarter, the Lady Tigers had already hit five three-pointers and built a 23-8 lead.  St. James kept the defense up in the second quarter, only allowing seven points and scoring 17 with a very balanced attack as five players scored at least five points by halftime.
    The third quarter put the game out of reach as the Tigers kept the pedal down on offense, exploding for 28 more points and hitting seven more three-point shots.  Lady Tigers scoring in the Dixon game were Rinehart with 22, Marlatt 14, Fuhring and Ali Kean 10 each, H. Perona five, Uffmann four, Guese three and Parker Fane two.
    The Lady Tigers finished the season with a record of 24-3.