The St. James girls basketball team faced off against Blair Oaks in their District opener on Monday, Feb. 19. The Lady Tigers battled for every bit of fourth quarters, but needed one more basket to stay alive in a 43-41 loss.
St. James got out to a great start, scoring 15 points for their best offensive quarter in the first. Unfortunately, their best offensive quarter was followed by their worst. The Lady Tigers scored just six points in the second and St. James went into the half trailing 26-21.
The Lady Tigers bounced back with stellar defense in the second half. Blair Oaks was held under 10 points in both of the remaining quarters. The St. James offense picked up a tick to the tune of 11 points in the third and the Lady Tigers were able to cut the gap to 34-32 with a quarter left to play.
St. James needed one big shot to complete the comeback in the fourth, but they couldn't find it. Blair Oaks matched the Lady Tigers shot for shot in the fourth, holding off the St. James comeback for a 43-41. The loss ends St. James' season, but head coach Terry Wells was extremely proud of his team's fight.
"They fought hard this game, competed well and never quit," said coach Wells. "It was a performance we can be proud of even though it didn't go our way. We just struggled to come up with the big basket at the big time that would have put all the pressure on Blair Oaks."
Bailey Wells led St. James with 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Ashlyn Rinehart added another 10 points and six rebounds. Mikaela Donnelly chipped in with six points and Savanna Riccetti added five points and six assists.
St. James wraps up their season with a record of 12-14.