January 8, 2019
Festus, Missouri (Special to FSM)
The Festus Tigers Girls Varsity took command of the game early and never looked back, defeating Jefferson County rival Seckman, 55-38, in a non-conference showdown Tuesday night in front of a large throng at venerable Tynes Gymnasium.
The Jaguars came out with two quick baskets, but the Women in Black and Gold responded in excellent fashion, blitzing the Jaguars’ pressure defense running off 10 consecutive points before a Seckman time out was called to regroup and get out of the press. Before the quarter ended, the Tigers’ Abby McMillin and Bria Garmon combined for 19 points and Abby Rickerman added five for an impressive 24-point barrage as Festus took a 24-12 lead at the opening frame’s buzzer.
The remainder of the contest was physical and methodical, as each side made the other earn every basket. Senior co-captain and point guard Jenna Oetting quarterbacked the Tiger offense expertly, hitting on several key drives and dishing out 4 assists. Rickerman also added 4 assists to her team-high 13 points, again finding her niche at the free throw line, going a perfect 6-for-6 on the night.
McMillin (12 points) looked like she was in for an epic-like evening, scoring 10 first quarter points before foul trouble saddled her on the bench for more than half the game, as did Garmon (3 assists), who tallied all of her nine points in the opening frame.
A monumental effort was displayed by Jessica Hebenstreit, who pulled down a season and career high 11 rebounds and also rejected two Seckman shots. Hebenstreit (5 points) was tasked with the dilemma of guarding Seckman’s leading scorer, Makayla Payton.. Though Payton led all scorers with a game high 16 points, the Tiger sophomore forward was ‘up’ and ‘on’ her virtually every possession, holding the talented Seckman frontcourt star two points below her season average.
Senior Allison Kuykendall came off the bench in relief of McMillin and provided a season high 7 points, including 3 from behind the arc.
The Tigers would like to thank their fourth grade feeder team coached by Tamra Bingham who provided excellence as ballgirls for the evening’s contest.
The Tiger Women now stand at 10-3 and will take on Jefferson County Conference Rival Hillsboro on the road this Thursday night in a 7pm start time.