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Wilson Swept by St. John's-Tipton

Wilson DragonsWILSON-Avery Gates scored 11 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as #8 St. John's-Tipton defeated #6 Wilson 60-50 in a Top 10 Girls match-up in the Northern Plains League on Friday night.

Gates and Kara Eilert combined for 14 points in the first quarter to help the Lady Jays run out to a 21-8 lead after the game's first eight minutes.  St. John's-Tipton led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter and cruised into halftime with a 35-20 advantage.  The Lady Dragons came out firing in the third quarter and tied the game 39-39 late in the period before Eilert sank a pair of free throws to allow the Lady Jays to reclaim the lead 41-39.

Wilson would tie the score twice more early in the fourth quarter but could never take the lead and St. John's-Tipton was able to pull away on the strength of Gates making six of eight free throw attempts.

Wilson had three players in double figures led by Katelynn Zelenka's 18 points, while Riley Dietz added 16 and Kaleigh Hanzlick chipped in with 11.  With their first home loss of the season, Wilson drops to 12-2 overall and 6-1 in the NPL. Zalenka added to her big night by winning Winter Sports Homecoming Queen honors after the doubleheader along with Colin Hoeffner from the Boys team who was named Winter Sports Homecoming King.

The Boys contest was similar to the Girls game with St. John's-Tipton nearly blowing a huge lead before the sixth-ranked Blujays hung on for a 61-56 win.  Both teams shot well from the floor in the first quarter as St. John's-Tipton led 24-17 after eight minutes.  In the second period, the Blujays stretched the margin to 15 points before Jayden Bess scored nine points in the final two minutes of the half to slice the deficit to 38-30 by halftime.

The third quarter was even as Wilson cut St. John-Tipton's lead to 48-44 heading into the final period before the Blujays made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to pull out the five-point win.

Brandon Bates scored 21 points to lead St. John's-Tipton while Ty Brummer added 18.  Bess led all scorers in a losing cause for Wilson with 29 points while Ethan Dlabl contributed 14.

The Dragons who suffered their fifth straight loss fell to 8-8 overall and 4-3 in the NPL.

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