SJO girls finish fourth in the 2017 State Farm Holiday Classic, their best finish since 2006.

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ basketball team completed their impressive run in the 2017 State Farm Holiday Classic, bringing home a trophy and their best finish in the event since the 2006 season, when they finished second overall.

The Lady Spartans were defeated 58-49 by fellow Illini Prairie Conference foe Bloomington Central Catholic in the third-place game on Saturday morning at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. 

Taylor Barnes led SJO in scoring with 12 points, while Bree Trimble and Hannah Dukeman each added 8 points.  Maclayne Taylor and Peyton Crowe each scored 6 points apiece for the Lady Spartans (11-6), who hung tough with the Saints for the first half.  SJO trailed by a point at 25-24 at the half, but BCC surged ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Spartans 19-8 in that period, and cruised from that point on for the victory.  SJO made a couple attempts in the fourth quarter to come back and cut into the Central Catholic lead, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.  SJO only made it to the free throw line four times, and made two of those attempts. 

Bloomington Central Catholic, who improves to 13-4 with the victory, was led in scoring by Bailey Coffman with a game-high 26 points.  Lauren Shanks also reached double figures for the Saints scoring 19 points, while Abbey Davis and Lillie Foley each chipped in four points.  The Saints went to the free throw line a lot during the game, making 24 of 34 attempts, including Coffman, who was 14 for 16 herself alone from the stripe. 

The Lady Spartans will be idle until January 4th, when they will begin the inaugural Illini Prairie Conference season with a trip to Stanford to battle the Olympia Spartans.  SJO will get another chance to avenge this defeat to Central Catholic on February 1st, when they travel to Bloomington to meet up with the Saints in conference action.  That contest with BCC will be the final regular season game before the IHSA regionals begin.  

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almahernandez12 wrote on January 04, 2018 at 4:01 am

Classic Holiday's can't really be defined as a scam Do my Essay for me just a really expensive way to have a holiday. Their destinations are quite limited, just seems to be the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

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