The Jefferson girls JV basketball team rushed out to a nine-point halftime lead and made it count, beating Fredericktown at home on Monday, 36-29. The victory improves the Blue Jays’ record to 3-7 on the season.
Leading 11-8 after the first period, thanks to two three pointers by Peyton Cattoor, the Jays built on the lead in the second quarter. Reagan Kennedy scored seven of her game-high 16 points in the quarter to give JHS a 23-14 lead at the break. “We came out strong,” said JV coach Stevie Holdinghausen. “Our offense had great ball movement with a lot of open looks at the basket. A lot of our shots didn’t fall, but the girls didn’t let that break their confidence.”
Despite being outscored by two in the second half, Jefferson had enough cushion to weather the storm. “Coming out of halftime, our defense slowed down drastically, and we weren’t as aggressive,” Holdinghausen pointed out. “Fredericktown very quickly made it a game. The girls were able to finish strong and come out with a hard fought win. This was a great team win, and an excellent game for the girls.”
Kennedy’s 16 points led the squad. She said the team played a complete game. “It was a huge win for our team,” she admitted. “We played all four quarters with a lot of energy on the floor and off. Our defense was great, and we attacked the basket more than ever. There were a few times we miscommunicated, but we fixed it quickly.”
Cattoor finished with eight points, while Gabby Beffa scored four. She said the team’s offense is improving. “We are definitely learning how to push the ball up the court, and it is working to our advantage. The game was exactly what we needed to prepare for Wednesday’s game against West County.” Other scorers included Chelsea Badger with three points, Paige Wagner and Peyton Weiler with two points each, and Maddie Edmond with one point. Weiler agreed with Beffa that the fast break is getting better. “We worked extremely hard and made good transition points. As always, we’ll continue to work and get better as we look forward to playing West County.” Finally, Edmond believes the team is beginning to play as one unit. “I feel like we did amazing,” she said. “We all worked really well together. We passed the ball around, and made a lot of shots. We talked good and worked super hard on defense.”
The Blue Jays will host West County today in a make-up game from December 16. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m.