Seventh Grade Lady Redbirds make bid for State title
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By Carmen Ensinger
One week after the Carrollton Hawks football team made their bid for a state title in football, the seventh grade St. John’s Lady Redbirds had the same opportunity after defeating Ramsey in the Sectionals, which were held at St. John’s on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Lady Redbirds traveled to Assumption A & M Saturday, Dec. 4 for a first-round match-up with Ottawa-Marquette. This was after really putting the hurt on the Ramsey team in the Sectional matchup on Wednesday, defeating them easily 37-4.
The Lady Redbirds started out sluggish scoring only two points in the first quarter. Ironically, they went into the second quarter down 4-2.
They found their rhythm in the second quarter, however, with five players hitting the boards for a total of 13 points. Ten points were scored in the third quarter with Blake Driskill accounting for six of those points. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 25-4
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Redbirds scored another 12 points with Hayden McMurtrie scoring six of those points.
McMurtrie and Driskill were high scorers of the game with each scoring 10 points. Rounding out the scoring for the Redbirds were: Brooklyn Eilerman, five; Catelyn Nord and Jaelyn Pitchford, four each and Chloe McAdams, two.
But on Saturday, the Lady Redbirds, sporting a 15-5 win-loss record, would take on a 20-1 team, and, despite a valiant effort by all of the girls, fell 29-12 in the first round of the State playoffs.
The Lady Redbirds took a 10-7 deficit into the locker room at halftime, and at the end of the third, were only down by five, 17-12. But a strong fourth quarter by Ottawa, which saw them score 12 and a tough quarter for the Redbirds which saw them go scoreless, resulted in the 27-12 loss.
The Lady Redbirds had three ladies doing the scoring for them at State. McMurtrie was once again the high scorer with five points with Driskill adding four and McAdams, three.
Ottawa-Marquette later defeated Danville-Schlarman 34-31 and will play for the State Championship title on Thursday.