Lady Jays fall to Marysville

Sabetha’s Lady Jays took their 1-0 record on the road last Friday, Dec. 1, to take on the 1-0 Marysville Lady Bulldogs. Sabetha won their opener against Riverside, and Marysville picked up the win in their first game of the season against Axtell. It was a battle through 32 minutes, but the Jays struggled to score down the stretch and would fall 40-34 to their host.

Sabetha won the tip, and Skylar McAfee took it to the hoop in the opening seconds to post the first points of the night. Hillary Krebs dropped a triple and the Jays led 5-0 in the first minute of the contest. But the shooting hands went cold, and Marysville went on to score 11 unanswered points to finish out the quarter leading 11-7.

The Lady Jays fought back in the second frame and outscored Marysville 11-9. Krebs had her second triple of the game and led all scorers with 8 points in the half. Morgan Schuette had 5 points with three other players chipping in.

Both teams used their zone defense in the first half to close off the lane, and the Lady Jays gave the Bulldogs fits with their press on made baskets. Sabetha closed the gap but trailed 20-18 at the break.

“It was a tough, hard-fought game,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee. “I have to give their defense credit because their zone was pretty good.”

But Sabetha’s zone was pretty tough too, and Marysville was limited to just 6 points in the third quarter, while the Jays took their first lead since early in the game. Jessica Payne asserted herself at the low post, put up 4 points, and forced adjusted shots when on defense. With a 26-24 lead headed into the final period, it looked like Sabetha would pull off the upset.

“We put ourselves in a position to win, but we didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” Coach McAfee said.

Marysville sophomore Sami Bartels went on a tear to score 10 of her 14 points in the final 8 minutes as Sabetha struggled to contain her. Schuette had a pair of three-pointers and Payne had a bucket, but the shots weren’t falling with regularity for the Jays.

Marysville took the victory, 40-34, and handed Sabetha their first loss of the season.

“I was very proud of the girls for their effort,” Coach McAfee said. “We will take the positives away from this game and learn from our mistakes to get better!”

Schuette finished with 12 and Krebs with 10 points. The Lady Jays fall to 1-1 with the loss.

The Lady Jays traveled to Perry Lecompton Tuesday, Dec. 5. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

The Lady Jays will host ACCHS on Friday, Dec.8.

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