Lady Jacks thump Wahluke Warriors, 57-22
The Lady Jacks basketball team rode a sterling first quarter to their second victory of the season, defeating the Wahluke Warriors, 57-22.
The Lady Jacks did not surrender a single point in the first quarter, leading 16-0 to start the second, and they did not let up, using a punishing defense to keep the Warriors from gaining any momentum. After three quarters, the Jacks led 51-15.
“We are being a lot more aggressive (on defense), trying to get in their faces,” head coach Cory Medina said.
The girls are trusting each other more, relying on each other and playing as a team, Medina added, praising his team for staying focused, intense and set on closing out the game against the Warriors.
“I would send girls in and they wouldn’t skip a beat,” he said.
Senior Avery Vander Veen said things “are really coming together for the team.” Fellow veteran Hailey McKee agreed, saying the chemistry among the girls is great and drama-free.
Jane Kennedy led the team with 16 points, followed by Emily Wurl with eight points.
Bryonna Gray had seven points and McKee and Jacqueline Dearie had six points each. Corina Cervantes, Hailee Blancas and Vander Veen had four points each. Gaby Arroyo had two.
The win over the Warriors (0-3) left the Quincy squad’s overall record at 2-2, 0-2 in league, after dropping a home game against powerhouse Selah Nov. 30, 86-22, and giving East Valley-Yakima plenty to handle in a 59-44 loss Dec.1
“We were in it the whole game,” Medina said, calling the close loss on the road a confidence booster for the girls.
The game against Wahluke was the third game this season that the Lady Jacks score 40 points or more. They only did it once last year, a 60-40 loss to Cascade on the Lady Jacks’ season opener.
Next up for the Lady Jacks comes a tougher test of the real mettle of this team, with two more league games back-to-back, against Grandview Friday night and at Prosser Saturday night. Tipoff is at 5:45 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org