By Charlie Chitwood
Jefferson High’s Lady Bulldogs rolled out to an 11-5 first quarter lead and never looked back, knocking off Ore City’s Lady Rebels 56-38 in the District 16-3A basketball opener for both squads.
Jefferson improved to 11-6 overall and more importantly, 1-0 in district play while Ore City starts out league competition with an 0-1 mark.
Jayda McCoy pumped in 20 points for the Lady Bulldogs, scoring in each quarter and helping Jefferson to advance its lead in each frame.
Jefferson led 11-5 at the end of the first and was ahead 24-16 at halftime, then padded the advantage to 42-26 by the end of the third.
Elaina Langbartels scored nine points – all in the second half – to help the Lady Bulldogs pull away while Ja’Kayla Jones posted eight points of her own. Ni’Linda Johnson tallied seven points and Deivya Hodge added five in the victory.
Jamya Smith (four points), Tierra Hines (two points) and Hannah Welch (one point) rounded out the scoring for the victorious Jefferson girls.
Ore City’s Tiera Cook was the only Lady Rebel to reach double-digits, scoring 13 points on the night. Tori Pena added nine more and Theresa Uehling posted eight.
Jefferson travels Friday evening to Beckville for junior varsity and varsity contests against their new district rival with tip-offs scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
JEFFERSON GIRLS WIN ONE OF THREE AT HARLETON TOURNEY
HARLETON, Texas – The Lady Bulldogs fell 44-38 to Troup in the Harleton Tourney opener and dropped a 57-41 decision to Hull-Daisetta before winning their final match 69-29 against Christian Heritage to wrap up pre-district play with a 10-6 record.
TROUP 44, JEFFERSON 38
Ja’Kayla Jones and Elaina Langbartels posted 11 points apiece in the tourney opener against Troup but the Lady bulldogs couldn’t overcome strong first and third quarter efforts by the Lady Tigers, falling 44-38 in the Harleton Tourney opener.
Troup out-scored Jefferson 16-9 in the first quarter and held a 24-21 halftime lead before pulling away with a 16-11 advantage in the third. The two teams scored six points apiece in the fourth.
Summer Love posted seven points in the effort…
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