The 7th grade Lady Jays got their first basketball win of the season against conference foes, Litchfield. Anna Turner scored late in the first quarter to get the ball rolling, so to speak. This was the only basket of the quarter, as the ball just wouldn’t go through the hoop for either team. Halftime saw a 7-2 lead from the Jays. Turner scored 2 more baskets and Hailey Clark chipped in a free throw. Hartell scored for Litchfield. In the second half, scoring troubles continued, Turner managed another basket for the home team and Kircher scored a bucket and a free throw for the Purple Panthers. In the final quarter, Olivia Harlan scored on a weak side rebound for the winners and Hartell chipped in another basket for Litchfield. Final score was 11-7 in favor of the home team. The home team opens up tournament play in the Old Capitol Classic at Vandalia on Monday, September 23rd at 7:30 against Brownstown/St. Elmo.
The 8th grade version of the Jays had an easier time with the Purple Panthers winning 34-21. The girls jumped out to an early lead 13-0 in the first quarter. Shayna Henderson banked a 3 pointer, Katie Campbell threaded through the lane for a couple of lay ups and made a free throw, Natalie McCullough had a jumper from the lane, Abbi Doty received a nice pass and banked one in, and Mylee Kessinger contributed a free throw all in the first stanza. The second quarter looked similar, but with a with new players scoring. Ellie Schaufelberger had two baskets and Deriauna Hawkins had a bucket and a free throw. Diveley and Rhodes scored the first baskets for the visitors. First half score was 20-4 in favor of the Jays. In the third quarter, they Jays were ready for the Panthers to pounce. Bremerkamp scored 3 and Rhodes scored 3 for Litchfield, but were still outscored by the Jays. Henderson had a jumper, Campbell had 4 points, and both McCullough and Kessinger chipped in a bucket each. After 3 quarters, Jays remained in charge, 30-10. The fourth quarter saw two new scorers for the Jays, Charlotte Amundson had 2 points and Chloe Kious also had 2. The Panthers tried to claw their way back with Bremerkamp scoring 2 more and Rhodes busting out 9 points. Fortunately, the Lady Jays held on for their second win of the season 34-21 over Litchfield. 8th grade will begin the hunt for back to back titles at the Old Capitol Classic in Vandalia at 6:30 against Ramsey.