Lady Jays defeat Cyclones 51-12

The Lady Jays kicked off the 2017-18 basketball season, playing host to league foe – the Riverside Cyclones – on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Cyclones struggled last year, picking up only one win in the Big Seven while the Bluejays finished with an 11-11 record and in the middle of the league standings.

Sabetha took charge early and never let up to go on to a 51-12 win.

The Lady Jays put up 18 points in the first frame, with Hillary Krebs leading her team from the perimeter with 6 points, and Jessica Payne poured in 5 points battling for position down low. Riverside managed just 3 points against Sabetha’s zone defense, and they trailed 18-3 after one period.

“I thought our kids came out with great effort and intensity defensively,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee. “We were able to cause them to turn it over, which led to some scoring opportunities in transition.”

Sabetha kept up their pressure in the second quarter and once again held their guest to single digits, giving up just 6 points. Krebs kicked in 5 additional points in the second frame with Payne and Morgan Schuette adding 2 points each. The Jays took a 28-9 lead into the locker room at the half.

“In the half court, I thought we really moved without the ball well and passed the ball unselfishly, which led to some really good looks that we made,” Coach McAfee said.

The Lady Jays never took the foot off of the accelerator through the second half, outscoring Riverside 14-3 in the third period and 9-0 in the fourth. With a commanding lead headed into the final period, the mercy rule was in effect and the clock ran for the remainder of the contest.

Sabetha would pick up their first win of the season with a 51-12 dismantling of the Cyclones in the home opener.

Krebs and Schuette finished the night with 12 points apiece, with Payne showing that she will be a force in the paint — posting 11 points. Maggi Hughes had 5, and Skyler McAfee had 4 points in the game. Five other players chipped in points to aid in the win, and the reserve players all got a chance to make a contribution.

It was the start they wanted with a win at home and a Big Seven victory to tip off league play.

“We played the way we have practiced the last couple of days,” Coach McAfee said. “It was a good win to open the season.”


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