ELLINWOOD — The St. John High School Lady Tigers, who are ranked No. 3 in Class 1A Division-I in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, jumped ahead 21-4 in the first quarter.
Led by Teresa Christie’s 15 points, St. John improved to 9-0 on the season with the 54-24 victory over Ellinwood on Tuesday night.
Jamie Waters added 11 points, and Morgan Osborne scored nine.
Ellinwood (6-3) was led by Sophia Hayes’ eight points.
St. John travels to Larned on Friday night.
Ellinwood challenges Hoisington on Tuesday night at 6:30 to open Hoisington Winter Jam action.
Fairfield 65, Stafford 15
FAIRFIELD — In their first game back from the holiday break, the Stafford Lady Trojans couldn’t keep up with Fairfield.
Stafford, which finished off the 2012 portion of its season with a 57-16 loss at home against Fairfield, drops to 0-4 on the season.
The Lady Trojans play again on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at home against Wichita Home School.
St. John 77, Ellinwood 29
ELLINWOOD — St. John shooting guard Zuriel Reyes made 6 of 9 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 30 points against Ellinwood.
Dean Wade added 16 points as No. 1-ranked St. John rolled to a 40-14 lead at halftime.
Ellinwood (3-6) was led by Tanner Swank, who scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.
St. John competes at Larned on Friday night, while Ellinwood is off until next week’s Hoisington Winter Jam. The Eagles face Otis-Bison on Monday night at 8:15.
Cimarron 73, Larned 44
CIMARRON — Larned drops to 2-7 on the season with the setback at Cimarron.
The Indians host St. John on Friday night before turning around next week and competing at the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic.
Fairfield 68, Stafford 65
FAIRFIELD — Stafford got much closer to defeating Fairfield on Tuesday night than it did before the holiday break, a 66-52 setback, but it fell just shy.
The Trojans drop to 1-4 on the season, and will compete in Pratt-Skyline’s Boys’ 54 Classic next week.
— Kevin Price