Lady Jays fall to Jeff West

Sabetha’s Lady Jays were looking to recover from their loss at Nemaha Central with a trip to Meriden to take on the Jeff West Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Tigers were 2-2 in the Big Seven headed into the contest, with losses to Holton most recently and Nemaha Central in the first game of the season. It was a close contest to start, but Jeff West chiseled away at the Lady Jays and took the win on their home court 57-36,

Morgan Schuette was two of three from the field to start the contest, with 5 points to lead her team, with Maggi Hughes swishing a three-ball and Jessica Payne chipping in a layup in the first eight minutes. Sabetha used a zone defense against the Lady Tigers for most of the game and it limited them to just 13 points in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Sabetha trailed 13-10.

The Lady Jays struggled from the field in the second frame, making just two of 13 as Jeff West began to find chinks in Sabetha’s zone. They also had some difficulty securing the ball, giving up seven turnovers in the first half, which turned into transition points. The Tigers led at the break 26-16.

Jeff West widened the margin in the third quarter by attacking the basket.

“We have to give Jeff West credit. They shot the ball better than we have seen them shoot it this season,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee.

The Bluejays managed 10 points in the frame and were led by Skylar McAfee with 6 points on a trey and three of four from the stripe.  Schuette and Payne had 2 each in the effort, but Sabetha had a big hill to climb headed into the fourth period trailing 43-26.

Jeff West’s Muriah Murdie made it difficult for Sabetha shooters in the paint as she accounted for almost 10 swats in the game. Hurried shots from the outside were the narrow option for the Lady Jays, which was completed with limited success as their offense sputtered.

“They [Jeff West] did a good job defensively making it hard for us to score,” Coach McAfee said.

The Tigers outscored their guests 14-10 in the final quarter and cruised to the victory by a score of 57-36 to move up and be tied with Sabetha for third place in the Big Seven with a 3-2 record.

“This is a tough loss heading into Christmas break,” Coach McAfee said. “Our focus will still be on getting better over the break. We have some work to do, but I’m still confident we can improve and be a good basketball team.”

On returning from the break, the Bluejays will continue their road schedule and head to Hiawatha to take on the 1-4 Lady Red Hawks on Jan. 5, 2018.

12.19.2017 vs. Jeff West  ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Marissa Peabody

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Skylar McAfee

8

1-5

1-5

3-4

6

1

0

2

3

Brooklyn Bauman

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Hillary Krebs

2

1-2

0-8

0-0

3

2

2

0

1

Maggi Hughes

7

2-2

1-5

0-1

3

2

5

2

4

Hannah Wertenberger

0

0-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Kinley Schuette

5

0-3

1-3

2-2

8

3

2

0

3

Hannah Enneking

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Morgan Schuette

10

2-10

1-4

3-7

3

2

3

2

2

Jessica Payne

4

2-8

0-0

0-0

3

0

0

4

4

Payton Michael

0

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

Kaitlyn Tinklin

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

1

0

Sabetha Totals

8-33 | 4-25 | 8-14 | 27 | 10 | 12 | 11 | 17 | 36

Opponent Totals

17-44 | 3-7 | 14-23 | 38 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 19 | 57

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