Lady 'Jackets sweep District, set for Regional
The Lady Yellowjackets breezed through the four-team bracket of the 1A girl's district tournament at Bay High School last week. The squad rolled over Rector in the first round 55-19 to advance to Friday's finals against Maynard, and then rode a big night from Whitlee Layne to a 74-41 win for the championship.
The Bay girls were never tested by the Lady Cougars in their first round matchup, as they came out of the locker room with a hot hand and racked-up 19 unanswered points before Rector could answer with a three-pointer late in the first. The Lady 'Jackets continued to pour it on in the second, scoring the first six points of the quarter to make it 25-3.
The Rector girls responded with a 9-2 run late in the second to push the score to 27-12, Bay, before Kaylee Crain answered to extend the 'Jackets lead to 29-12 by the halftime break.
Coming out of intermission, the Bay girls continued to employ a stingy defense. They scored the first four points of the third quarter on field goals by Abby Frisby and Sydney Higgins. Lady Cougar Matison Dean answered with a pair of free-throws, and an old-fashioned three-point-play, as Rector closed to a score of 33-17.
From there on it was all Lady Yellowjackets, as the Bay girls went on a 10-point run which effectively put the game away.
Layne led all scorers with 14, Mallory Hartley was also in double figures with 11, Higgins and Crain both finished with 8, Susan Blackman and Shelby Corn had 5 each and Frisby finished with 4 points. Dean paced the Lady Cougars with 10. On the game Bay was 9 of 10 from the charity stripe while the Lady Cougars were a perfect 10 of 10 from the line.
The victory earned the Bay girls a spot in Friday's finals, and a meeting with Maynard. In the early going of the contest the size of the Maynard girls gave the 'Jackets some match-up problems, but late in the game they pulled away to secure a 33 point win.
The first points of the contest came from the free throw line, as Maynard's Bethany Dobbins and Sybell Howison went 3 for 4 to give the Lady Tigers the early lead. But, the Lady 'Jackets responded with a defensive push, holding Maynard to just two field goals the remainder of the period. In turn, the Bay girls got 6 points from Frisby and 5 from Hartley, as they sprinted to an 18-7 advantage after one.
The Lady Tigers adjusted in the second quarter and turned to the inside game, getting 6 points in the frame from Kacey Smith. As the quarter continued the Maynard girls also began to experience foul trouble, as they sent the Lady 'Jackets to the line 9 times in the frame, with them converting on 7--including 4 for 4 by Frisby. The 14-9 Maynard advantage in the second amounted to a 27-21 Bay lead at the break.
The third quarter was much the same, with the Lady 'Jackets taking the frame 15-12, as Layne added 6 of her game-high 24 in the quarter. Entering the fourth quarter Bay enjoyed a nine point advantage, 42-33.
Down the stretch the Yellowjackets pulled away from Maynard, as they continued to wrestle with foul trouble. Layne added 15 more in the period, as the Bay squad outscored the Lady Tigers 32-8 in the period to set the final score.
Layne's 32 point effort included a 5 for 7 night at the free throw line and 3 three-pointers. Frisby was also in double figures for the Lady 'Jackets with 13 and Sarah Blackman finished with 12. Dobbins and Howison were both in double figures for the Lady Tigers with 11 and 10. Howison was also 8 for 11 from the line.
As a team the Lady 'Jackets converted on 20 of 28 free-throw attempts, while Maynard was 12 of 16 from the stripe. The Bay girls also enjoyed a big advantage from beyond the arc, as they hit 8 three-pointers compared to just one for the Lady Tigers.