February 5, 2019
Town & Country, Missouri (AP/UPI)
In 1978 a study was done by the NCAA to find out which statistics had the greatest impact upon winning or losing in basketball. In 2006, the same study was performed and the results were identical. Based upon the criteria and subsequent data from Tuesday night’s game at the Palace on Ballas (aka Visitation Academy), one would conclude an easy Festus victory.
In fifth place was lead at halftime (18-15; Festus, check). In fourth was total rebounds, ie outrebounding your opponent (30-29; Festus, check). In third was personal fouls-teams that fouled the least won the most (13-15; Festus, check). In second was free throws made (5-4; Festus, check).
In first place, the holy grail of all basketball statistics, was field goal percentage (Festus, .242, uh…). Despite going an anemic 16-for-66 from the field, the Women of Festus gritted out a 41-30 win for their 10th consecutive victory.
The game was in doubt until a Tigers’ fourth quarter 8 point run sealed the game for the visitors. Abby Rickerman led all game scorers with 15 points, while Jenna Oetting added 14 and Abby McMillin dropped in 10. Despite only tallying one bucket, Bria Garmon was a catalyst on both sides of the ball, coming up big with deflections and steals the entire contest. Jessica Hebenstreit was yet again a force on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds, and Allison Kuykendall provided key relief off the bench, especially on the defensive end as the Tigers held Visitation’s leading scorer, 6’1 center Meghan Ott, to only four points. In addition, the Tigers’ field goal percentage woes were challenged by Visitation’s Starya Long, who managed to connect on only 1 of 14 shots on the night.
The 17-3 Tigers will recharge to get ready for their most challenging week of the season as North County, Perryville and St. Genevieve loom on the schedule, with an away visit to North County in Deloge on Monday, February 11th, and home contests against Perryville and St Genevieve Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th. Each contest features the JV at 6pm and Varsity teams squaring off at 7:30pm.