Lady Jays defeat Red Hawks 54-14

Senior Jessica Payne takes this jump shot during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

With the winter break complete and the New Year in full swing, the Lady Jays re-opened the basketball season with a road game to the 1-4 Lady Red Hawks of Hiawatha last Friday, Jan. 5.

Junior Skylar McAfee plays defense during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

Sabetha used the press and a selfish defensive mentality to suffocate the Red Hawks’ offense, holding them to single digit scoring in the first three quarters and blanking them in the final frame. The Jays ended up dominating in this road match-up by a score of 54-14.

“It was fun to play after working so hard over the break,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee. “And to come out and play how we have practiced was rewarding!”

Sophomore Morgan Schuette dribbles down the court during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

Sabetha opened with a 5-0 run through the first two minutes of the contest and widened the gap to 12-1 with five minutes to go in the quarter. Morgan Schuette led her team in scoring with 7 points, turning a couple of steals into transition points and burying a triple. Sabetha led 19-7 at the end of the first period.

The Lady Jays’ defense was unrelenting in the second period and limited their host to just three points. Jessica Payne asserted herself in the paint and added 4 points in the second quarter to run her tally to 8 points in the first half. Schuette had a pair of buckets in the frame to boost her personal tally to 11 points in the first half. At the break, Sabetha led 29-10.

“I was really proud of the focus that our girls came out with and the way we executed on both ends of the floor,” Coach McAfee said. “Our press forced some turnovers that we were able to score off of in transition.”

Sabetha kept their foot on the gas in the second half with five players inking points in the third period and nine players posting points in the second half. Sabetha led 44-14 at the end of the third period and outscored the Red Hawks 10-0 in the final frame with their reserve players getting some varsity court experience.

Sophomore Hannah Wertenberger and senior Jessica Payne attempt to block this Hiawatha player’s shot during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

“I thought we finished our drives better in this game and got some ‘and one’s’” Coach McAfee said. “Offensively, we got the ball in the paint with the pass and dribble, and we shared the ball well with 15 assists on 21 field goals.”

Schuette finished with 13 points, two assists, and two steals, while Payne logged 12 points and pulled down five rebounds. With the win, Sabetha improved to 4-2 in the Big Seven.

Sabetha played Holton Tuesday, Jan. 9. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

1.5.2018 vs. Hiawatha ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Marissa Peabody

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

0

0

Skylar McAfee

3

1-2

0-1

1-1

5

1

1

1

1

Brooklyn Bauman

2

1-2

0-1

0-0

0

0

1

1

1

Hillary Krebs

7

1-3

1-3

2-2

0

1

4

1

3

Maggi Hughes

5

1-1

1-3

0-0

1

3

4

0

1

Hannah Wertenberger

2

0-1

0-0

2-2

3

0

1

0

0

Kinley Schuette

3

1-1

0-0

1-1

1

3

2

0

3

Morgan Schuette

13

5-8

1-2

0-0

0

2

2

1

0

Jessica Payne

12

5-11

0-0

2-4

5

0

1

1

2

Payton Michael

3

1-3

0-0

1-2

2

1

0

1

2

Kaitlyn Tinklin

4

2-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

1

Sophomore Maggi Hughes takes this shot from behind the arc during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

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