Lady Blue Jays Advance To Championship After Win Over Spalding 

Athletic News - Basketball(W) 

The Westminster Lady Blue Jays powered over the Spalding Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon, grabbing the 77-70 semifinal win. The Blue Jays move on to the Championship game that is being held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Westminster Historic Gymnasium.

The Blue Jays compete against the Webster University Gorloks for the SLIAC Tournament title.

In the first game of the day, Webster University overtook the Eureka Red Devils 73-67.

In the second game, Westminster beat Spalding University. The game started in a back and forth battle for the lead, but with 16:18 on the clock, Spalding took hold of the game.

A jumper by Talisha Washington (Fulton, Mo. /Fulton) tied the game at 16. The Blue Jays grabbed the lead following the jumper, and they went up by six with 10:30 left in the half.

The Golden Eagles tied the game up just two minutes later and proceeded to take the lead.

Two made free throws by Washington started the Blue Jays’ 10-3 run to end the half up 42-35.

The Blue Jays held the lead throughout the second half, but the Golden Eagles brought the game to just a two point deficit with 13:44 left in the game.

The Blue Jays rallied from the two point difference and hit an 11-0 run to bring them up by 13 points (62-49).
Spalding chipped away at the lead, but could not bring the game within five points. The Blue Jays stayed strong and finished the game up 77-70.

The Blue Jays shot 41 percent from the field and from the three-point line. They went 22-26 from the foul line, shooting 85 percent.

Hannah Kloster (Springfield, Mo. /Parkview) led the Blue Jays with 24 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and going 5-5 from the foul line. Leigh Ann Lutz (California, Mo. /California) chipped in 17 points and tied the Westminster three-point season record with 66 three’s. Kenna Cornelson (Oklahoma City, Okla. /Casady) chipped in 11 points and went 8-8 from the free throw line. Mackenzie Haddox (Washington, Mo. /St. Francis Borgia) also put in 11 points.

Washington and Laci Luff (Pea Ridge, Ark. /Pea Ridge) grabbed nine and seven rebounds, respectively. Cornelson and Haddox dished in four assists apiece, and Kloster grabbed three steals.