Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Warriors Battle Back but Stumble at End

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Warriors Battle Back but Stumble at End

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St. Charles West girls basketball coach Greg Gibson could only shake his head. He had no explanation.

After falling behind early, the Lady Warriors had battled back to take a six-point lead with just over four minutes to play in Wednesday's Class 4A sectional game at Washington High.

But the Lady Jays of Jefferson City scored 15 unaswered points en route to the 58-48 victory.

"I don't know what happened," Gibson said. Jeff City "came at us with the press and for some reason, in the fourth quarter we played like we'd never seen a press before. We got caught standing around a little and, because of that, a few of our players tried to take things upon themselves. If the shots fall like they did earlier in the game, we're fine. But when those shots miss, it looks like maybe we should've been a little more patient.

"It really was a disappointing way to see the season end."

Jeff City (22-5) advances to play Springfield Glendale (24-3) in the quarterfinals Saturday at the State Fair Exhibition Center in Sedalia. West, making its second sectional appearance, finished 21-6.

"I don't know if it was emotion or what, but we really got away from what we'd been doing so successfully," Gibson said of the fourth-quarter collapse. "Jeff City really came on strong and, for some reason, we just didn't have the answers. We made a few turnovers, missed a few rebounds, made some fouls underneath and missed some shots. And just like that, the game had gotten away from us."

The Lady Warriors, ranked 11th in the latest Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, started the game strong; when Jennifer Jackson scored her third basket of the first quarter, West led 12-6. But the Lady Jays rallied with a 9-0 run to close the quarter, including a 3-pointer by 6-foot Jamie Bonney at the buzzer, to go up 15-12.

The Lady Jays also closed out the second quarter strong, taking a 26-21 lead to the half.

Jeff City led 35-26 midway through the third period when West made its move. Katie Kallestad, Rachel St. Clair, Dori Schulte and Stephanie Bell scored baskets to close out the quarter as the Lady Warriors cut the Jeff City lead to 35-34.

After a Dana Schulte steal, Kallestad made two free throws, giving West a 36-35 lead, its first advantage since the first quarter. …

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