February 4, 2019
Festus, Missouri (special to ESPNHS)
The Festus Tigers Women’s Basketball team absorbed three near to plus double digit comeback attempts by upset-minded senior-laden Desoto Monday night at Tynes Gymnasium to win their 9th straight game, 65-55.
Facing TIger leads of 9, 10 and 13 points, the Dragons kept up the fight before the Tigers finally put the ball (and the game) in the deep freeze with just a little under four minutes to play.
Abby Rickerman and Jenna Oetting led the Black & Gold offensive attack with 18 points each. Abby McMillin added 10 and Bria Garmon (6 assists, 4 steals) 7, while Allison Kuykendall (4/4 at the FT line) enjoyed a starting role with 6 key points -all in the second quarter when the Tigers finally took a 37-28 lead at intermission-a lead which they would never relinquish. Jessica Hebenstreit added another 6 points and led the Tigers on the glass with 9 rebounds. Oetting and Rickerman also combined for 8 assists and 5 steals, who along with Garmon pressured the Dragons into 21 miscues.
Turnovers and Free Throws were the keys to the game as the Tigers committed a season-low five turnovers and went a blistering 17-for-19 from the charity stripe for 89%. Conversely, DeSoto tallied only 8 of 17 attempts. Kendall Boyer, DeSoto’s All Conference power forward scored her 1000th point of her fine career with her team’s first field goal in the game and led all scorers with 20 points. Senior guard Kaitlin McGinnity added 17 to pace the Dragons.
The 7th-Ranked Tigers have little time for reflection as they take to the road to battle tradition-laden Visitation Tuesday at 6pm.