Lady Jacks beat Kodiaks, snap 38-game losing skid
The Quincy Lady Jacks snapped a 38-game losing streak that lasted almost two years by defeating the Cascade Kodiaks, 49-24.
The last time the Quincy girls had won a game was the second game of a two-game winning streak on Dec. 1, 2016, against Wahluke, 38-34. The first win of that streak was a win against Cascade, as well.
After the win against the Warriors, the Lady Jacks lost 18 straight to close the season, and all 20 games in 2017, until their victory on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Both teams struggled out of the gate, not scoring a point for the first two minutes and 27 seconds of the game. Unlike the Kodiaks though, Quincy snapped out of its offensive funk, and aided by a pesky defense, the Lady Jacks took control.
The team is playing a more aggressive brand of defense, and it translated into more steals for the Lady Jacks, head coach Cory Medina said.
“The girls played the way we wanted them to play,” he said. “Being aggressive and playing a lot harder than we have in the past.”
A deep bench helped the girls stay fresh, which is key when you play aggressive defense, as the legs can get tired a lot quicker, Medina said.
The team wasn’t used to being ahead, and that showed near the end of the game, when the jitters returned a little, Medina said. The team settled down and that was another lesson learned.
“It’s good for them to start to figure it out now, rather than in a close game,” Medina said.
Jane Kennedy had 12 points, Wurl had eight, Bryonna Gray and Corina Cervantes had seven each, Jacqueline Dearie had six, Avery Vander Veen had five, Hailey McKee and Hailee Blancas had two each.
Next up for the Lady Jacks is powerhouse Selah, a home game on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:45 p.m., followed by a trip to East Valley-Yakima the next day. Tipoff is also at 5:45 p.m.
Selah will serve as a stout test for these Lady Jacks, Medina said.
“We want to come out and do the same things we did, be aggressive after the ball, make sure we get after them,” Medina said. “The girls are going to have to get used to being in somebody’s face. This was a nice, little coming-out and now we get the real deal on Friday and Saturday.”
He added, “I told the girls, we are going to get better and better each game, as long as we keep with it and we stay aggressive.”
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com