February 17, 2017
St. James Academy senior Emily Kaufman drives to the basket in the first half of the Thunder's 45-35 loss to Gardner-Edgerton on Thursday. Kaufman led all scorers with 18 points.
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The St. James Academy girls basketball team has had its struggles against some of the powerhouse programs in the Eastern Kansas League this season, but Thunder coach Greg Hohensinner had plenty to be encouraged about from his squad's 45-35 loss to Gardner-Edgerton on Thursday. St. James grabbed its lone lead at 8-7 after a Mary Goetz layup, but a series of turnovers led to a Gardner-Edgerton 11-2 run to close the first quarter. The Thunder were unable to recover from the Blazer's first-quarter surge, but they didn't back down either, as they were only out-scored by two points the rest of the way against the No. 7-ranked team in Class 6A. St. James senior Emily Kaufman led all scorers with 18 points.