Lady Jays defeat ACCHS, 44-31

Sabetha Lady Jays beat Perry on Tuesday and were looking to sweep the week and add their fourth consecutive win when they traveled to Effingham last Friday to take on the 3-6 ACCHS Tigers. The Jays held the Tigers to single digit scoring through the first three quarters to help build a lead that would give them the “W” by a score of 44-31.

Sabetha exploited Effingham’s zone defense to start the contest, and Skylar McAfee led the attack to tally 7 points in the first quarter. McAfee led her team in scoring against Perry as well with 11 points and continued to slash the lane against the Tigers too. Morgan Schuette swished a three ball early in the quarter, and the Bluejays led 10-5 at the end of one.

Four players posted points for Sabetha in the second quarter to help outscore their host 14-8. McAfee added 4 points, as did Kinley Schuette and M. Schuette, with Hillary Krebs being a perfect two for two from the charity stripe. Both teams headed to the locker room at the half — the Jays with a meager 24-13 advantage.

Both teams traded blows to start the first few minutes of the second half. K. Schuette hit a pair of treys in the third quarter to boost her personal tally to 10, and Maggi Hughes had a bucket and a triple in the frame to tally 5 points. McAfee and Jessica Payne added 2 points each, and the Lady Jays extended their lead to 39-20 headed into the final stretch.

The Tigers felt a sense of urgency in the final quarter and had their most prolific offensive outing of the night. Effingham’s Karlie Parnell opened the quarter with a triple to give her 12 points for the game, and Georgia Appel added a bucket to close the gap to 39-25.

But the Jays would hold back the charge with their man defense, and get points from a Payne bucket and a Krebs triple. The damage was done, and the Lady Jays would take the victory on the road over ACCHS by a score of 44-29.

“I was real proud of our defensive focus, effort on the boards, and running through our offensive sets into second, third and fourth options,” said Head Coach Alex McAfee. “A good team win with good team defense!”

With the win, Sabetha improved to 7-4 in the Big Seven and 9-6 overall.

The Bluejays took on Nemaha Central on Tuesday, Feb. 2. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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