Lady Jays fall to Thunder

It was rivalry basketball at its best when the 3-1 Lady Bluejays paid a visit to the 3-0 Thunder of Nemaha Central on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The Thunder team was coming off of a narrow victory over Holton, while the Jays were riding a wave of momentum after defeating ACCHS. It was a battle to the bitter end, but the Thunder came away with the win, 47-35.

“We came out aggressive on offense and did a good job of breaking their press and getting some goods looks in transition,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee.

Hillary Krebs swished a pair of triples in the opening frame to lead her team in scoring, with Skylar McAfee and Jessica Payne adding a bucket each. Nemaha Central had five players tallying points in the first period and led 13-10 at the end of one.

The Thunder stretched their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Jays 10-4. Sabetha struggled to get shots to fall, but Payne and Morgan Schuette managed a basket each to keep their team in the hunt. At the break, the Lady Jays trailed 23-14.

Sabetha increased the pressure to open the second half and held their host to single digit scoring in the third quarter.

“Defensively, we did a nice job taking away their transition points and forced them to work the ball in the half court,” Coach McAfee said.

The Thunder managed only two shots from the field while Payne worked the paint and added 4 points to her tally, Kinley Schuette had 5, and S. McAfee kicked in a bucket. Sabetha trailed 30-25 headed into the final period.

Seneca’s Laura Macke had 9 points through the first three periods, but erupted in the fourth quarter to score 11 points.

“We didn’t do a good enough job on the boards as we gave up too many second chance scoring opportunities,” Coach McAfee said.

S. McAfee had 5 points in the final quarter to lead her team, but N.C. outscored the Jays 17-10 and would take the win in this first meeting, 47-35.

“I was proud of our effort and intensity,” Coach McAfee said. “This may have been our best game of the season versus a good team. This game will definitely make us better as we focus on fixing our mistakes.”

The Lady Jays fall to 3-1 in the Big Seven and 3-2 overall with the loss.

Sabetha finished out the 2017 portion of the season when they traveled Jeff West on Tuesday, Dec. 19. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

12.12.2017 vs. Nemaha Central ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Marissa Peabody

0

0

0

0

0

0

Skylar McAfee

7

2-2

1-3

0-0

2

0

0

4

4

Brooklyn Bauman

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hillary Krebs

6

0-2

2-5

0-2

3

2

1

3

1

Maggi Hughes

3

0-1

1-3

0-0

3

0

3

2

3

Hannah Wertenberger

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kinley Schuette

5

1-1

1-3

0-0

0

4

0

2

3

Hannah Enneking

0

0

0

0

0

0

Morgan Schuette

4

2-6

0-2

0-0

4

2

2

1

2

Jessica Payne

10

5-5

0-0

0-0

6

0

0

1

4

Payton Michael

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kaitlyn Tinklin

0

0-1

0-0

0-0

3

0

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

10-18 | 5-16 | 0-2 | 21 | 8 | 6 | 13 | 17 | 35

Opponent Totals

18-35 | 1-5 | 8-14 | 24 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 47

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