Despite St. Francis efforts to trap Lauren Herman in the corner, she keeps the ball moving in the Jan. 29 varsity girls basketball game, helping the Dragons secure a 52-35 victory. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Lady Dragons beat St. Francis

    Holyoke High School girls basketball earned a win at home last Tuesday, Jan. 29, against St. Francis, Kansas, wearing the visitors down to an offensive collapse in the fourth quarter and a final score of 52-35.
    Coach John Baumgartner said the team kept consistent pressure on its opponent, and that the game reflected a surge in training geared toward earning another win at home.
    “Defensively, in the second half, we really tightened the screws on them,” he said. “Our kids really stepped it up a notch.”
    Holyoke stayed one step ahead of St. Francis throughout Tuesday’s game, steadily growing the first-quarter lead and sticking to the opponents to earn the 17-point win.
    The Dragons controlled the first quarter, scoring 15 to St. Francis’ 11, and a buzzer-beater 3 by Kristin Vieselmeyer broke a tie at the end of the first half, ending 25-22.
    Holyoke kept up the heat in the third quarter scoring 14-10. Finally, St. Francis’ resolve broke in the fourth, and the team was held to just three points by the game’s end.
    Vieselmeyer led the team in total points with 22. Lauren Herman led in rebounds with eight, and Emily Jelden led in steals with four and assists with five.

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