A 15-0 run to begin the third quarter propelled the Festus girls varsity basketball team to a 55-37 victory over Fox Tuesday night at home. The win was the fifth straight for the Tigers and improves their season record to 8-2 on the year.
The game was very close in the first half, and Festus held just a 23-21 lead heading into the last minute of the second quarter. But two big three-pointers by Jordan Oetting (12) and Makensie Kennon (12) pushed the Tigers’ lead to 29-21 at the break.
From the beginning of the third quarter, the Tigers were on a mission. An aggressive defense confused Fox, causing numerous turnovers. The Warriors were finally forced to take a timeout with 4:42 left, and found themselves down 40-21. The timeout did little to stop the Festus momentum, and it wasn’t until 1:47 showed on the clock that Fox was able to score its first basket, a three-pointer, of the quarter. The bucket stopped a 15-0 Tiger run to start the second half. Fox got another basket to pull within 44-26, but Abby Rickermann (9) closed out a very successful quarter by draining a three and giving the Tigers a 47-26 lead heading into the final quarter.
It was academic by that point, and Festus cruised to an 18-point victory and its eighth win in ten tries.
“I thought we played with some heart tonight,” said head coach Ron Rhodes after the game. “Whenever Fox would make a run at us, we always had an answer. We improved on our defense in the second half, and our bench is getting better each game.”
Oetting led the Tigers with 18 points. She played a complete game grabbing six rebounds, collecting four steals and dishing out six assists. Ally Frazier (12) was the other Festus athlete in double-figures with ten points. Festus featured a very balanced attack with eight different players scoring. Jenna Oetting (10) had seven points and eight steals, and Ashley Fallert (12) netted six points and had a perfect shooting night from the field. Allison Beckham (12) chipped in with five points and five rebounds, while Kennon, Rickermann, and Maddie Welsh (10) contributed four, three and two points respectively.
The Tigers will now prepare themselves for a big conference match-up with the Hillsboro Hawks on Thursday. The Hawks are 12-1 and will host the Tigers in Hillsboro. It is the first conference game for both teams. The game will start at approximately 7:30 p.m.