The St. James girls basketball team (3-2) traveled to Blair Oaks for a look at a potential District foe on Thursday, Dec. 7. The game was filled with ebbs and flows, but Blair Oaks was able to make the last run to take down the Lady Tigers 47-36.
Blair Oaks got out to a hot start on Thursday night, scoring the first five points of the contest. Once St. James was able to put an end to that run, they dominated the quarter. The Lady Tigers went on a 12-0 run for the rest of the opening frame and took a seven point lead into the second. But the first quarter wasn't perfect for St. James, as Bailey Wells rolled an ankle while pulling down a rebound with eight seconds left in the quarter.
The Lady Tigers lost a little momentum with Wells' injury and Blair Oaks chipped away at that St. James lead in the beginning of the quarter. But St. James wouldn't let that run last and they managed to go into the half with a 19-18 lead.
The third quarter was all Blair Oaks and St. James didn't have an answer. The Lady Falcons quickly eliminated that one point lead and finished the quarter with a 32-26 lead.
Much like they did all night long, St. James fought back. The Lady Tigers were able to get within two points, bringing the score to 36-34, but missed a game-tying free throw midway through the fourth quarter. Blair Oaks responded by burying a three that seemed to put St. James away for good. The Lady Falcons went on an 11-2 run starting with that three-pointer to finish off a 47-36 win.
Ashlynn Rinehart led St. James with 11 points and pulled down four rebounds. Wells scored five points, had two assists, two steals and a rebound before rolling her ankle in the first quarter. Mikaela Donnelly and Hannah Marcee each added five points, while Donnelly chipped in two rebounds and Marcee added a rebound and a steal. Savanna Riccetti led the team in rebounds with five and steals with three, while tying for the team led in assists with three and scoring four points.
"The girls showed great heart and effort against a tough team, under tough circumstances," said head coach Terry Wells. "I'm proud of them for this effort."
St. James also lot the JV game 43-32 with Camille Bullock, Scout Paulus and Hollie Davis each scoring six points.
The Lady Tigers will be back in action with the Sullivan Tournament, which starts on Monday, Dec. 11. St. James will open the tournament against Owensville.